Club takes pride in good Connections
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.
Connections co-owner Tim Brown... the club is about to celebrate 40 years.