Club takes pride in good Con­nec­tions

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business - By CAITLIN TILLER

PRIDEFEST may be over but the cel­e­bra­tions are just be­gin­ning for Con­nec­tions night­club as it pre­pares for its 40th birth­day.

Co-owner Tim Brown said it was an amaz­ing achieve­ment for the North­bridge club.

“Most night­clubs can’t last more than a few years and any busi­ness making 40 years is pretty im­pres­sive but for a night­club to do it is un­heard of, es­pe­cially a gay and les­bian one in a small provin­cial town at the end of the world,” Mr Brown said.

Mr Brown, of Cottes­loe, has worked at Con­nec­tions for 24 years and said the changes in that time had been in­cred­i­ble.

Un­til 1989, ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity was on the WA crim­i­nal code.

“In 1975 it was a very, very quiet thing; there was no ad­ver­tis­ing,” he said. “The first ad­ver­tise­ment for Con­nec­tions was a four-line ad­ver­tise­ment in the per­sonal col­umn and it was a word of mouth thing, whereas now we ad­ver­tise all over, we’re on Face­book and peo­ple have their pho­tos in the night­club ev­ery week­end.”

Mr Brown said there were very few pho­tos from Con­nec­tions’ early years be­cause peo­ple did not want to be seen at the club.

“Queu­ing out­side was a real is­sue for us be­cause if we got so busy there was a queue, many peo­ple would leave be­cause they wouldn’t stand out­side Con­nec­tions in the street,” he said.

Mr Brown at­trib­uted Con­nec­tions’ longevity to hard work, in­volve­ment with the gay and les­bian com­mu­nity and key com­mu­nity groups.

“It’s a bit more than a night­club, it’s very en­gaged with the gay and les­bian com­mu­nity in this town, it al­ways has been and I’d like to think it al­ways will,” he said.

“It’s the old­est gay club in Southern Hemi­sphere and one of the old­est clubs in the coun­try.”

Con­nec­tions’ 40th birth­day event will be held on De­cem­ber 5.

Ritchie Pic­ture: An­drew www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d447028

Con­nec­tions co-owner Tim Brown... the club is about to cel­e­brate 40 years.

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