28 November 2016
The pioneering struggles and stories that have defined Victoria's LGBTI community are celebrated in two new digital exhibitions that draw upon material held in the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archive.
Gay Pride Week March. Photograph by Frank Prain, Melbourne, 1973. Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Both exhibitions – featuring films, images, posters and audio – are now live on the Culture Victoria website.
Out of the Closets, Into the Streets explores the moment when, in the 1970s, a group of Melbourne students made a stand for gay pride at a time when homosexuality was criminalised and discrimination and abuse were widespread. It charts the rise of a Gay Liberation Movement that challenged the status quo to lasting effect.
Daylesford Stories explores how, since the late 1970s, Daylesford and the surrounding area has become home to many individuals who identify as gay or lesbian.
Through the personal stories of individual community members, the project examines why it is they call Daylesford home, how the region became a place of meaning, and how definitions of the LGBTI communities have evolved over time.
The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archive is the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves lesbian and gay material, and makes it readily accessible through exhibitions and loans.
The Culture Victoria website is a gateway to Victoria's cultural collections. Featuring thousands of images and hundreds of videos, the site brings to life the items and stories held in cultural collections across the state. It also includes a directory that maps more than 700 places where cultural collections can be visited and enjoyed.