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The MAGNIFICENT Lesley Gore: you don’t own me!

Lesley Gore died on February 16 2015 but her empowering music lives on. The singer/songwriter’s career began as a teenager with  ‘It’s My Party (so I’ll cry if I want to)’ and ‘You Don’t Own Me’. Scroll down for the vids. You don’t own me. I’m not just one of your many toys. You don’t …

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The Well of Loneliness: Radclyffe Hall

The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall hit US bookstores in 1928. American newspapers didn’t quite know what to make of the lesbian novel, then banned in England, or of its monocled author. The Morning Post lauded the writer as one of England’s foremost literary women while finding her appearance rather startling. “Miss Hall has …

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Aussie Queer History in 40 secs: Marie Bjelke Petersen

Tasmanian novelist Marie Bjelke Petersen sold a remarkable 250,000 books in the early 1900s. Watch in 40 secs ↓ Read More ↓↓ Links ↓↓↓ Marie’s best seller was about Sylvia Mills who she lived with for 30 years. Sylvia was Marie’s angel. “God’s Angels often come not as strangers whose lips never touch ours… but …

Dr Lilian Cooper arrived in Brisbane in 1891 with her life partner Josephine Bedford.

Aussie Queer History in 30 seconds: Dr Lilian Cooper

Dr Lilian Cooper was Brisbane’s first female doctor. She arrived in Queensland in 1891 accompanied by her life partner Josephine Bedford. Watch in 30 secs ↓ Read More ↓↓ Links ↓↓↓ Lilian and Josephine became renowned for their unstinting charity work. They also received medals for their wartime service, volunteering on the front lines in …

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Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge

Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge was born on March 8, 1887. The life partner of author Radclyffe-Hall, she worked as a sculptor and translator. (Not liking her first name, Radclyffe-Hall generally used just her surname in public.) In 1908, Una Vincenzo Taylor married Commodore Ernest Troubridge. But in 1915, on a visit to her wealthy older …

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Lesbian flag creator is homeless and crowdfunding for support

The creator of the lesbian flag, Australian artist Emily Gwen, has reached out to their online community for help after facing housing insecurity.  After many iterations, the Sunset Lesbian Pride Flag is currently the most well-known and accepted version of the lesbian pride flag. Created by Gwen in 2018, the flag features seven stripes in …

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Carol Lloyd would have been 75 this week

Carol Lloyd, the original wild woman of Aussie rock, would have been 75 this week. The frontwoman of chart-topping Brisbane band Railroad Gin passed away in 2017. Scroll down for videos of Carol performing. Carol found her place in the world as an out lesbian in her early twenties. “I’d been married, my marriage had …

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Famous lesbians: extraordinary women from world history

Lesbian history often receives scant attention. But not today! Check out these famous lesbians – some of the most extraordinary women who ever lived. LGBTQIA+ people in general suffer historical erasure. As women, lesbians are doubly erased. It’s not called HIStory for nothing! Throughout the ages, lesbians often remained hidden or closeted because of oppression …

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1925: Jewelled Nights, Marie Bjelke Petersen & Louise Lovely

Jewelled Nights opened in 1925 as ‘the biggest picture yet produced in Australia by Australians’.  Aussie-born Hollywood star Louise Lovely played a cross-dressing girl in a story based on the novel by Marie Bjelke Petersen. Marie Bjelke Petersen Name sound familiar? Yes, Marie Bjelke Petersen was the aunt of loathsome Queensland premier, Joh Bjelke-Petersen. But …

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1988: Monte Punshon – Sir Joh & the world’s oldest lesbian

Autocratic Queensland premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen did not like gays and lesbians. In fact, he prided himself on keeping them out of his state. Then, World Expo 88 happened. Joh intended the event as a celebration of his long rule — validation of his idiosyncratic and puritanical governance. To promote the 6-month, $625 million festival, …

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