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Audre Lorde: black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet

Audre Lorde died on February 18 1992. She described herself as “black, lesbian, mother, warrior, poet.” A lifelong activist, she fought tirelessly against racism, sexism, classism, and homophobia.  Scroll down to watch Audre Lorde’s last reading, recorded two months before her death. Audre Lorde said of poetry in 1968, “A poem is an expression, with …

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On this day February 15: I am a homosexual woman

The Billings Gazette published a letter to syndicated columnist ‘Ann Landers’ on February 15 1971 in which Sue of L.A. proudly declared “I am a homosexual woman.” I love this letter. People like Sue of L.A., proudly speaking their truth, created the groundswell that eventually resulted in LGBTIQ+ people being granted basic human rights. Ann …

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Dr Lilian Cooper & Jo Bedford: historic Brisbane power couple

As Katy Forde and Aleathea Monsour bring the award-winning A Girl’s Guide to World War to Brisbane Powerhouse, QNews looks back at the amazing couple the musical is based on, Lilian Cooper and Jo Bedford. If Dr Lilian Cooper and Miss Josephine Bedford lived today, they would no doubt feature in newspaper articles titled Queensland Power …

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Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir: 1st out lesbian head of goverment

The world’s first-ever out lesbian head of government became Prime Minister of Iceland on February 1 2009. Jóhanna Sigurðardóttir was also the world’s first openly LGBTIQ+ head of government. Note: Openly gay Per-Kristian Foss served as acting PM of Norway for a short period in 2002 while the current PM was overseas. A member of …

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On this day January 8: Dr Eve Jones on ‘abnormal’ daughter

On January 8 1966, Dr Eve Jones, a Chicago psychologist with a syndicated parenting column, answered a query from a mother worried about her potentially ‘abnormal’ daughter. The jottings of Dr Jones and her correspondents illustrate why LGBTIQ+ people so dislike the word ‘normal’. And remind us to guard against the human inclination to ‘other’ …

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On this day December 9: Free Sandra Willson protest

On December 9, 1976, Women Behind Bars demonstrated outside the NSW Royal Commission into Prisons. The Free Sandra Willson campaign sought the release of Australia’s then longest-serving female prisoner. Women Behind Bars accused the NSW government of keeping Sandra Willson locked up “because she is a lesbian and because jail has not broken her spirit.” …

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Two Women: Dr Lilian Cooper and Josephine Bedford

Phyllis Cilento has, in recent years, been lauded as Queensland’s great female medical pioneer, a title that rightfully belongs to another woman. However, the true story of Queensland’s ground-breaking female medical pioneer is a tale of not one, but two magnificent women, Lilian Cooper and Josephine Bedford.  “This is the story of Lilian Violet Cooper, …

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Lily Tomlin To Be Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

Comic actress Lily Tomlin will receive a Screen Actor’s Guild Life Achievement Award next year. She’s believed to be the first openly gay actress to receive the gong. The 76-year-old first rose to fame on the 1970s variety show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In and went on to star in films like 9 to 5 and …

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