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On This Gay Day: ‘Holding the Man’ author Tim Conigrave died

Tim Conigrave’s memoir ‘Holding the Man’ captured the impact of HIV on Australia in the 1980s On this day in 1994 actor and writer Timothy Conigrave passed away from AIDS related illnesses just four months before his award-winning memoir, Holding the Man was published. The memoir became widely acclaimed as queer literature since its publication in […]

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On This Gay Day: Remembering Matthew Shepard

On This Gay Day: Matthew Shepard died in 1998 On this day in 1998 Matthew Shepard, a young gay man, was killed in his home town of Laramie, Wyoming. The gruesome nature of Shepard’s case garnered international attention and raised awareness of hate crimes against the LGBT community, spurring action to fight for legal protections […]

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On This Gay Day: Virginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando’ is published

In 1928, Viginia Woolf’s ‘Orlando: A Biography’ was released Author Virginia Woolf released her satirical novel Orlando: A Biography on this day in 1928. One of Woolf’s most popular works it tells the story of a poet who changes sex from being a man to a woman and lives for several centuries. Considered a feminist classic, […]

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On This Gay Day: Nona Hendryx was born in 1944

Musician Nona Hendryx rose to fame as a member of LaBelle  Musician Nona Hendryx was born on this day in 1944. Hailing from New Jersey she teamed up with friend Sarah Dash alongside Patricia Holte and Sundray Tucker to form the girl group The Ordettes. When Tucker left the group, she was replaced by Cindy […]

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On This Gay Day: The film ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ was released

The film version of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ took out all the gay content The film version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s was released on this day in 1961. Based a novella by Truman Capote, the film adaptation from Director Blake Edwards is very different to its source material. While the film would go on to become one of […]

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On This Gay Day: E.M. Forster finished writing Maurice

On This Gay Day: E.M. Forster finished writing his novel Maurice On this day in 1913 author E.M. Forster finished work on the first draft of his novel Maurice. The book tells the tale of Maurice Hall a young man who develops a romantic relationship with his university friend Clive Durham. His heart is broken when […]

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On This Gay Day: FannyAnn Eddy is murdered

On This Gay Day: LGBTI rights activist Fanny Ann Eddy is murdered Fanny Ann Eddy was an LGBTI rights activist in her homeland of Sierra Leonne and throughout Africa. In 2002 she formed the Sierra Leone Lesbian and Gay Association, the first LGBTI rights organisation in the war torn African nation. Eddy travelled widely, speaking to […]

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On This Gay Day: ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ was repealed in 2011

The US military policy of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ comes to an end on this day in 2011 ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ -The US military policy which required gay and lesbian personnel to keep their sexuality a secret came to an end on this day in 2011. Under DADT, the US military fired an estimated […]

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On This Gay Day: The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea was founded

Did you ever hear of the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea? In 2004 one of the most creative protests against Australia’s ban on same-gender marriage was launched. A tiny uninhabited island in the Coral Sea was proclaimed The Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea. Activist Dale Parker Anderson was proclaimed the Emperor […]

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On This Gay Day: ‘Psycho’ actor Anthony Perkins died

Anthony Perkins died in 1992  Anthony Perkins was an actor, director, singer and an Academy Award nominee, but one role overshadowed his entire career – he played Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. Perkin’s was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his second on-screen role, in 1956 he appeared in the film Friendly Persuasion in which […]

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