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On This Gay Day: ‘M*A*S*H’ Actor David Ogden Steirs passed away

Actor David Ogden Stiers, best known for portraying Major Charles Winchester III on the long running TV show M*A*S*H died aged 75 on this day in 2018. Ogden Stiers joined the hit TV show in 1977 at the beginning of its sixth season, filling to void left by actor Larry Linville who had played the character of […]

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On This Gay Day: Bob Brown was elected to federal parliament

Bob Brown became the first openly gay politician in Australia’s federal parliament Australian went to the polls on 2nd March 1996 bringing an end to to the Keating Labor government and bringing John Howard to power. The Hawke-Keating government has been in power for five terms since 1983. Elected to the parliament on that day […]

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On This Gay Day: In 2012 local activist Isabelle Lake passed away

Remembering Isabelle Lake Isabelle Lake is remembered for her passionate advocacy for the rights of transgender people in Western Australia. Following her death at the age of just 21 she became the first transgender woman to be inducted in the WA Women’s Hall of Fame. Lake, an LGBT activist, passed away on 28th February 2012 […]

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On This Gay Day: Willow and Tara kissed on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’

Willow and Tara kissed on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’  A lesbian or bisexual relationship on mainstream television may be fairly common place today, but it’s not that long ago that a same-sex relationship on screen was hard to find. On this day, twenty years ago, in 2001 the characters of Willow and Tara kissed on […]

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On This Gay Day: Queer as Folk made its debut on British television

In 1999 the original British version of Queer as Folk aired for the first time causing controversy in its wake. The landmark series shocked some audiences when it was first screened for it’s graphic depictions of gay sex, underage sexual activity, gay clubbing nightlife and rainbow families. For the LGBTIQ+ communities we cherished a series that showed […]

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On This Gay Day: English – American poet W H Auden was born

British – American poet W.H. Auden was born on this day in 1907, his work was noted for it’s engagement with a wide range of topics from morals, to politics, love and religion. Auden was born in York but grew up in Birmingham in a middle-class household. He studied English at Oxford at became a […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1994 author Randy Shilts passed away

Author Randy Shilts was known as the first openly gay journalist Randy Shilts died on this day in 1994, the author is best known for his 1987 book And The Band Played On which documented the early days of the AIDS epidemic. Shilts studied journalism and the University of Oregon and came out while he working on […]

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On This Gay Day: The movie ‘Bringing Up Baby’ premiered

The release of the 1930s screwball comedy ‘Bringing Up Baby’ is an important moment in queer history. Bringing Up Baby was the first of four films Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant made together. While it’s considered a classic film of the 1930’s it didn’t do well at the box office when it first released. The film […]

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On This Gay Day: Soccer player Robbie Rogers came out

Soccer player Robbie Rogers came out on this day in 2013 Soccer player Robbie Rogers came out as gay on February 15th 2013 via a post on his personal blog saying, “Secrets can cause so much internal damage. People love to preach about honesty, how honesty is so plain and simple. Try explaining to your […]

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On This Gay Day: Magda Szubanski came out on ‘The Project’

On Valentie’s Day 2012 comedian and actor Magda Szubanski came out on The Project.  Back in 2012 Magda Szubanski made a Valentine’s Day announcement voicing her support for marriage equality, followed by her coming out as gay, gay, gay, gay, gay on national television. The Kath and Kim star released a statement early in the day […]

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