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What does "Polare" mean?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "palare" (note the slightly different spelling) as "a form of slang used by actors and showmen, particularly in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and it is characterised by an Italianate vocabulary." The word itself derives from the Italian word "parlare" (to talk) and appears in many forms such as "polare", "parlyaree" and "parlary". There are a number of essays on the Internet and there is an excellent essay, "Parlyaree; Cinderella Among Languages" in Eric Partridge's "Here, There and Everywhere".
It is clear that this language was used by marginalised groups (show people, gays, lesbians, transgendered, homeless itinerant workers and even tramps) in order to pass on information or comment without being understood by bystanders who did not belong to their group. There are lists of parlyaree words and their meanings on the Internet and a Google search under "polari", "parlyaree" and "parlary" is rewarding for those who want to know more. So why is our magazine called Polare? Well basically because we can't spell.

What is Polare for?

Polare is the Gender Centre's service magazine. It's a way of communicating with people in the New South Wales transsexual / transgender community as well as any other communities of interest within the State of New South Wales, Australia.

How much does Polare cost?

Polare costs $20 a year (Four issues, including GST and postage) There is also a PDF edition which is free and is emailed anywhere in the world .

I don't live in Australia - can I still get Polare mailed to me?

At present while we do mail Polare out of state and Internationally, copies that are mailed internationally will have their subscription increased by the cost of postage.

I need to change my address for Polare - How do I do this ?

In the back of each magazine, there is a form you can photocopy and mail in or you can cut it out and mail it into the Centre. Another way is to  email icon. For either method, you need to supply the old address as well as your new mailing address.

I am trans*, can I write something for Polare?

You sure can! Please clearly print or type your work - and mail it in to: The Editor, The Gender Centre, P.O. Box 266, Petersham, N.S.W. 2049. It would also be extra helpful if you could run your work through a spell-checker. Alternately you might like to email the Editoremail icon or use the "Polare Article Submission Form" .

As we say clearly on the contents page of every Polare: "unsolicited contributions are welcome, though no guarantee is made by the editor that they will be published, nor any discussion entered into. The editor reserves the right to edit such contributions without notification."

I am offering a service to the trans* community - can I advertise in Polare?

Yes you can. Please  email the Editoremail icon  or write to the editor at P.O. Box 266, Petersham, N.S.W. 2049, with your text for the advertisement. The Centre charges for advertising  if the service is intended to make a profit for the advertiser.  Listing of your service will be at the discretion of the Editor of Polare .

Was your question answered here?

If not, then please email the Editoremail icon or write in to the editor P.O. Box 266, Petersham, N.S.W. 2049, and we'll do our best to answer your query quickly.

Writers & Poets

Articles from transgender / transsexual people, a partner, family member, or friend of transgender / transsexual people are welcomed by the Editor.

Polare welcomes your writing! But please remember - Polare, the web or this Editor doesn't favour epic novels. Clearly indicate the title of your piece. Please include your name or pseudonym. If you want to include your email address for publication and / or your Web site, these are both welcome.

When submitting written pieces, simply copy and paste your text into an email and send. To submit your article, click here to contact the Polare Editor. A submission does not guarantee that it will be published. Every submission is subject to the Editors  review.


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