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lgbtiq history

From the dawn of time until modern days, history recorded instances of same sex love, diverse sexualities and genders. LGBTIQ history documents the people and culture of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people throughout time. Most ancient civilisations left stories of same-sex love and gender diversity. Many documented people often referred to as third gender, usually people we now describe as intersex or transgender. While the Middle Ages gifted us increasing documentation of LGBTIQ history, at that time, persecution of LGBTIQ people increased. During the Renaissance, the oppression of LGBTIQ people by the Catholic Church increased. Many European countries imposed the death penalty for homosexual acts. Lighter punishments often included some form of mutilation, for both men and women. The serious study of homosexuality began in Europe in the 1700s. The German novelist Karl-Maria Kertbeny first used the word homosexual in print in 1869. It derives from the Greek homos meaning same, not the Latin homo, meaning man.  Thus the word describes both male and female same-sex attracted people. After the Stonewall Riots in New York, considered the beginning of the modern LGBTIQ Rights movement, LGBTIQ communities began to combine in more formal organisations than previously. From the 1980s on, many countries of the western world decriminalised homosexuality. Reforms also took place regarding same-sex marriage, and other LGBTIQ rights. The increased visibility of LGBTIQ people obviously led to greater documentation of them and their culture. LGBTIQ historians also made increasing efforts to reclaim their own history. As a result of censorship and oppression much LGBTIQ history is lost. In addition to the accidental loss of history common to all communities, LGBTIQ history was subject to deliberate destruction in a process known as gay erasure.  

december 6 american medical association lesbian gay and bisexual cure

How far we’ve come! On December 6 1994, the American Medical Association declared its opposition to Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual ‘cures’. The association instead recommended ‘nonjudgmental recognition of sexual orientation and behaviour’. It urged doctors to seek a greater understanding of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual patients. Additionally, the association stopped promoting ‘the possibility of sex …

bishop atherton buggery act december 5

Bishop John Atherton and his steward John Childe went to the gallows on this day in 1640. On December 5, six years after he advocated for the enactment of the Buggery Act in Ireland, Atherton became its first victim. John Atherton moved to Ireland in 1630 after attending Oxford. In 1636, became Bishop of Waterford …

broken hill edward plummer

Throughout Australian history, people outside the standard heterosexual norm frequently fled regional areas for large coastal cities in search of anonymity, increased tolerance and ready sex. But what of those who didn’t? Take Edward Plummer, assaulted during a night out on Easter Sunday 1923, and a man who lived his entire life in the family …

gorgeous george george bellingham roberts queer jargon

Described as so handsome he verged on beautiful, George Bellingham Roberts featured in one of Sydney’s greatest society scandals. The divorce trial of the secretary to a former NSW Governor heard ‘grave and unpleasant evidence of unnatural behaviour’. Gorgeous George apparently fraternised with men who scorned the company of women while communicating in their own …

648 Ann St lesbian vampire killers

New operators will soon take over the first floor and rooftop bars at 648 Ann St, Fortitude Valley. The building’s colourful history includes a role in the story of Brisbane’s notorious lesbian vampire killers. This writer enjoys vivid memories of various joints that operated at 648 Ann — the upstairs fortune tellers, my first broken …

George Lovell ferntree gully exposed as homosexual

From the time of his 1905 arrival in Ferntree Gully, George Lovell impressed the locals with his community spirit. But what happened in early 20th century Australia when a selfless model citizen was exposed as homosexual? The accepted narrative of early 20th century attitudes tells us that the general public held gays in utter contempt. …

CAMP

On the opening night of the annual MELT Festival at Brisbane Powerhouse, QC President Peter Black delivered a speech on the 50th anniversary of CAMP on Queensland. The Campaign Against Moral Persecution was the first local organisation dedicated to homosexual law reform in the state.  Peter Black Peter Black is the Associate Dean of Learning …

coming out to granny

I long considered my grandmother proof that the secret to a long life is to be a cold hard bitch. So I judged her the greatest obstacle to sharing my truth with the world when I came out at seventeen. I did not otherwise regard the experience as of any real consequence, never suffering the …

aussie herstory pre drag race all-stars downunder

Today, RuPaul’s Drag Race defines drag. Indeed, drag queens of a particular vintage complain that baby drags have no idea the artform even existed before RuPaul’s Supermodel of the World. But a glance through old newspapers and magazines shows pre Drag Race all-stars downunder making Aussie herstory decades ago. Undoubtedly, thanks to RuPaul, drag enjoys …

boot co tim roberts aqua

Brisbane’s The Boot Co. recently donated historic newsletters and magazines to two institutions for preservation. The leather and fetish club gifted the ephemera to the State Library of Queensland and the Australian Queer Archives (AQuA). Also included, a published history of the club by historian Tim Roberts. The donations significantly expand the representation of the …

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