Looking back – LGBTQI Australian History


Wednesday 15 November 2017 was a historic day as Australia voted YES for marriage equality.  On this episode we reflect back on some of the LGBTQI Australian history with Nick from Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.


1978 – Police in Sydney arrest 53 people at the first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade

1997 – Tasmania formally decriminalised homosexuality

1994 – Tasty nightclub police raid during which 463 patrons of the Tasty nightclub event in Melbourne were strip searched

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives was established in 1978 at the Fourth National Homosexual Conference. We are based in Melbourne and operate with the assistance of members and supporters interstate. The Archives is the only community group in Australia that actively collects and preserves LGBTIQ material from across the country, and makes it readily accessible.

The collections include material of national or international scope, but the heart of the Archives’ work is the collection and preservation of the historical life of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities of Australia. From the time of the Gold Rush to the battles against AIDS, the collections save our rich and diverse histories for us and future generations.