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. 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. The works of writers, artists, photographers, and performers; the papers of leaders; the records of community organizations; the posters, flyers, buttons, matchbooks of political movements or trends or bars and other venues; the stories that record our own lives and those of our lovers and friends … all these document the history of our community and of the individuals who form it.
Read an extract from Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Australian Stories from a Social Revolution
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Sydney has long been on the radar of most GLBT travellers thanks to its reputation for tolerance and openness as well, of course, as its many natural and man-made attractions for international travellers. Oxford St Darlinghurst a. The Golden Mile , running east from the corner of Hyde Park South is the sentimental heart of gay Sydney, however the last ten to fifteen years has seen a devolution of gay life "out of the ghetto" so that today there are several gay neighbourhoods in a city that which is by and large very gay friendly with a highly visible and accepted community. Oxford St is still hanging on as the main nightlife area. See more info below on nightlife. The other historically gay-friendly area is King St Newtown and surrounding suburbs of Erskineville, Enmore and Marrickville.
Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender LGBT rights in Australia have advanced since the late-twentieth century. LGBT people in Australia are afforded protection from discrimination and are equally regarded as individuals who possess the same rights and responsibilities as others. Australia is a federation, with most laws affecting LGBT and intersex rights made by its states and territories. Between and , the states and territories progressively repealed anti-homosexuality laws that dated back to the days of the British Empire.
Australia is a fixture on the Queer map thanks to its great climate and laidback lifestyle. Melbourne closely follows, but there are scenes in Brisbane and the Gold Coast, and to a lesser extent Perth, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin. Away from the cities, things get more discreet, but a lot of country areas do have friendly local scenes — impossible to pinpoint, but easy to stumble across.