LGBTIQ History Archive


National Library of Australia Celebrates Pride Month

June is Global Pride Month, a time to recognise and celebrate the LGBTIQA+ community and reflect on progress made and still to be made. To mark the occasion, the National Library of Australia is sharing some historical photographs from thier collection taken at Pride events held in Adelaide and Perth.

Let's talk about gay book bans and burning

‘Don’t Say Gay’ rules and book bans might have felt familiar in medieval Europe, but queer themes in literature survived nonetheless.

Where and how did IDAHOBIT start?

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia(IDAHOBIT) is observed on May 17 and aims to coordinate international events that raise awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide. By 2016 the commemorations had taken place in over 130 countries


Was famous bushranger Captain Moonlite gay?

So, was the famous Australian bushranger Captain Moonlite definitely gay? A historian explains why it’s much more complicated.


Trans life in Australia from the 1940s to 1970s

Before the 1970s, there were no trans organisations or publicly advertised gender clinics. But camp cultures brought together a variety of sexually- and gender-diverse people.


Qwire Many Voices All in Harmony

The Canberra Qwire story began in 1993 when a small group met in a suburban garage filled with tools, gardening supplies and a whole lot of musical promise.


Transgender people aren’t new, and neither is their oppression

A history of gender crossing in 19th-century Australia. WARNING is article contains references to anti-trans, colonial and institutional violence.


The keepers of a rich LGBTIQ history

Older lesbians are not an invisible artifact of the times, but rather the keepers of a rich history of the lives of women who love other women. We have found that there is a struggle for our stories to be heard. As many of us age, we risk losing this rich history. But lesbian oral history archival projects — like ours — are helping counteract this.

LGBTIQ History

The Secret Gay Life of Hollywood

Hollywood has a history where it welcomes LGBTIQ+ people but behind the scenes, it has not always been the case. This is the Secret Gay Life of Hollywood.

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