LGBTQ

Walter Hillbrick: Homosexual Rights Pioneer – 7 April 1920 – 11 September 1997

Summer/Autumn 1998

Walter was born at the Salvation Army Home for Unmarried Mothers in North Fitzroy. He became a ward of the state and spent his childhood and adolescence in foster homes and eventually at the Central Mission Training Farm, Tally Ho, run by Edgar Derrick, a humanistic Christian who strongly influenced Walter. After undertaking psychoanalysis in… Read more »

Transgender Warriors: Sure to shift consciousness

Summer/Autumn 1998

“Complex,” “groundbreaking,” “fascinating,” “amazing” and “transformative” are just a handful of the adjectives emblazoned across the back cover of Transgender Warriors. “Nobody will remain unaffected by this book,” predicts critic Heather Findlay. Although this all sounds like promotional hyperbole, I was also urged by a New York Radical Women comrade to read the book. I… Read more »

Queer Youth Conference Resists Homophobia And Fascism

Summer/Autumn 1998

My participation in the 13th Annual International Gay and Lesbian Youth Organisation (IGLYO) Conference in Pisa, Italy [27 July – 3 August 1997] was a unique experience. It was the first time any delegate from Australia had been accepted to attend an IGLYO conference, and the first time a representative from any bisexual organisation in the world took part.

AIDS Council Needs Urgent Change: A Founding Member Speaks Out!

Summer 1992/1993

A change is needed in the Victoria AIDS Council (VAC). The organisation, which now employs 50 workers, must open up to give all groups affected by AIDS a genuine share of the power within the organisation or they should stop pretending to be the peak AIDS body and change their name to the Victorian Gay… Read more »

Lesbians and Gay Men say “Our relationships are not ‘pretend’ ones” — Fighting Clause 28

Summer 1988/1989

Since Clause 28 has become law it has meant that any positive lesbian or gay male programs that promoted lesbian and gay male relationships as a viable alternative have lost their funding. It has virtually outlawed the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality by prohibiting discussion and distribution of information. This attack by the right wing is happening world-wide, not only in Britain. There is a strong push by the right wing to strengthen the image of the monogamous, heterosexual nuclear family as the only ‘acceptable’ and ‘proper’ relationship.