Featured artist: Shannon Crees

Our LGBTIQ history

Featured artist: Shannon Crees
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Our LGBTIQ history

In 2014, Council began a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning (LGBTIQ) History Project to record the stories, successes and struggles faced by the inner west's LGBTIQ community.

The inner west occupies a central place in Australia's LGBTIQ history. The country's longest-running gay and lesbian social group was established 50 years ago in Petersham, and the area was a springboard for the landmark movements of the 1970s and 1980s. Today, more than 7% of couples in the local government area are same-sex, and places like Newtown and Enmore are seen as havens where same-sex couples walking hand-in-hand down the street are more the norm than an unusual occurrence.

Council's LGBTIQ History Project aims to document a part of this enormously important story. Five people have shared their stories of being 'queer' in the inner west – of growing up, coming out, and of the everyday struggle for acceptance. The result is a unique and personal insight into our history and the enormous changes that have transformed community attitudes over the past 50 years.

People

Simone Curry
Simone Curry

Paul Van Reyk
Paul Van Reyk

Katherine Cummings
Katherine Cummings

Garry Trotter
Garry Trotter

Brent Thorpe
Brent Thorpe

 

Stories

Activism in Marrickville
Activism in Marrickville

Changing communities
Changing communities

Gay and lesbian families
Gay and lesbian families

LGBTIQ institutions
LGBTIQ institutions

'Queer' Marrickville
'Queer' Marrickville