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On This Gay Day: Author Armistead Maupin was born

Author Armistead Maupin was born on this day in 1944 and is celebrating his 76th birthday today. Maupin is best known for his Tales of the City novels which have also been turned into a series of television programs. First published as a column in the San Francisco Chronicle. The series encompasses nine hugely popular novels: Tales […]

On This Gay Day: Drag drama at theatre bar

On this day in 1989, the cash box for the Westside Observer was stolen The Westside Observer was for many years the source of news and information for Perth’s LGBTIQ+ communities. When it was launched in 1988 the A5 sized magazine cost $2 a copy, but the cover price was abandoned not long after. Back in […]

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On This Gay Day: George Duncan is murdered in Adelaide

10th May 1972: Academic George Duncan is murdered in Adelaide  Dr George Duncan was a law academic at Adelaide University, in 1972 he was attacked and thrown into the River Torrens, where he drowned. The public outrage over his death lead to the push for the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and in 1975 South Australia became […]

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On This Gay Day: Transgender pioneer Virginia Prince died on this day in 2009

Virginia Prince was a pioneer for transgender recognition Born in Los Angeles, California in 1912, Virginia Prince was assigned male at birth. From when she was 12 years old she used to often dress in women’s clothes, and began to pass as a female in public. When she was 18 she attended at Church Halloween […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1997 Homosexuality is decriminalised in Tasmania

In 1997 Tasmania became the last Australian jurisdiction to decriminalise homosexuality On this day in 1997 Tasmania passed laws which decriminalised homosexuality. The campaign to change the laws had run for several decades and came 22 years after South Australia became the first Australian state to change the laws. Australia’s journey to decriminisation was a slow process. […]

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On This Gay Day: Blues singer Ma Rainey was born

Ma Rainey was born on this day in 1886 Ma Rainey is acknowledged as one of the most influential blues singers of all time, part of the first generation to be recorded, she is often referred to as the ‘Mother of the Blues’. Born Gertrude Pridgett, she gained her name through marriage when she wed […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1982 the RSL stopped a wreath honouring gay service personnel

In 1982 Bruce Ruxton stopped gay and lesbian service personnel being recognised  Today is ANZAC Day in Australia, a time when we recognise the service of those in the armed forces in times of conflict and times of peace. Australia has been progressive in allowing gay, lesbian, and transgender people to serve in the military, […]

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On This Gay Day: Caitlyn Jenner came out in a television interview

In 2015, Caitlyn Jenner shared her gender in a TV interview On this day in 2015 Caitlyn Jenner shared that she was transgender is a sit-down interview with broadcaster Dianne Sawyer.  The former athlete and reality TV star later shared her new name with the public. The Olympic champion, actor and reality television star spoke […]

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On This Gay Day: Actor Daniel Franzese came out

The Mean Girls actor came out via an online letter  On this day on 2014 actor Daniel Franzese shared that he was gay via an letter published in IndieWire. At the time the actor was best known for playing gay teenager Damian on the eternally popular film Mean Girls. Franzese came out by writing a letter […]

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On This Gay Day: Economist John Maynard Keyes was born

John Maynard Keyes died on this day in 1948 Economist John Maynard Keyes died on this day in 1948, aged 62. Keyes theories radically changed the field of macro-economics and the economic policies of governments around the world. So influential is his work it spawned the genre Keynesian economics. Keyes was bisexual, and his early […]

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