First published on 25 Sep 2012. Updated on 11 Oct 2012.
Picture the scene: sultry dancers, intimate booths, club DJs, drinks specials and loads of likeminded ladies, all in the luxurious surrounds of South Melbourne’s Seven Nightclub.
This is the industrious work of one Karlie-Jane Mistry – a 32-year-old Kiwi who’s been settled here for three years. It was working at Cherrie Magazine (for “not-so-straight women in Australia”) that provided her introduction to Melbourne and the LGBTIQ community, but that also gave her a first brush with homophobia.
“A client refused to deal with ‘our sort’,” Mistry says. “That was a massive eye-opener in the sense of realising for the first time that my lifestyle as a lesbian was something that was not so excepted in society. This sent me back in the closet for about 12 months. I stopped going out and stopped being open with who I am.”
Meeting someone special changed all that and was something, in fact, of an epiphany. “I realised I have to stop caring about what people think or say. And now here I am today delivering a social event that allows everyone in the community to come together to have fun and be themselves.”
And so, exactly a year ago, Blush was born and is now held around three times annually. With Mistry’s vision of “a classy venue and sexy entreatment”, it’s open to women and the LGBTIQ community. It can be both a social get-together over banging tunes and a chance to hook up, depending on what your individual parameters are. “We really want to see girls who have given up on going out,” says Mistry, “so that they can see you can still go out in Melbourne and have a fun night.”
Blush also collects donations and raises awareness for the Cardiomyopathy Association of Australia, as Mistry has a relative suffering from heart disease.
“The plan is to consistently deliver new and exciting events,” says Mistry. “In fact, watch this space, as we have someone very hot coming to Australia in 2013.”
Seven Nightclub, 52 Albert Rd, South Melbourne.