The Mercury
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
January 19, 2000

Standing out in a crowd: the Hobart Hash Harem warms up for the Red Dress Run to be held next month.

Red, set, go for wardrobe clean-out


TASMANIANS should be on full red-dress alert until late next month.

The social running and walking club Hobart Hash Harem has put out the challenge to Hobart residents to clear out their wardrobes - all in a good cause.

The club has taken on "wardrobe" responsibilities for the novelty Red Dress Run on February 24, which will tie in with the Interhash 2000 event to take place in the city from February 25-27.

The fundraiser for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Tasmania will see about 1000 "hashers", including participants from around the world - both male and female - step into their best red dresses to run through inner-Hobart streets.

Hobart Hash House Harem spokeswomen Kate Ellsmore said the group had been scouring city opportunity shops looking for the perfect red frock, but was in urgent need of more red dresses of larger sizes to "help dress visiting cross-dressers" known to be planning to visit the city for the event.

More than 4000 people are expected to be in Tasmania for Interhash 2000.

And Ms Ellsmore said about 1200 were expected to join in the Red Dress Run event "with the more outrageous costumes the better".

Anyone who wants to donate a red dress for the event can drop it in at the Interhash 2000 office at the ANZ headquarters in Hobart or call Kate Ellsmore on 6223 2852 or Bronwyn McConnon on 0408 101 204.

  Way to be cleared for men in dresses


THE State Government is considering removing a 64-year-old law that makes it illegal for men in Tasmania to dress as women in public between sunset and sunrise.

In theory, cross-dressers face a fine of $500 or imprisonment for up to six months if they are caught, charged and found guilty of the offense.

Regular cross-dressers and those who dress up for fancy-dress parties break the law if they remain in female garb past sunset.

In 1997, the Law Reform Commission called for the law to be repealed.

Meanwhile, men and women who undergo sex changes may soon be given full legal status under a proposal being considered by the State Government.

Reforms would follow years of lobbying by transsexuals and a Law Reform Commission report.

Under existing laws a man who undergoes sex-change surgery cannot have his birth certificate altered to recognize his new gender.

The Justice Department has prepared a policy paper for Attorney-General Peter Patmore. If accepted, the sexual reassignment proposal, as it is known, would bring Tasmanian legislation into line with New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Other articles on Interhash 2000:
The Mercury - 29 Jan 00 (Adding a dash of panache in the run-up to Hash bash)
The Mercury - 10 Feb 00 (Smash fails to stop big Hash bash)

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