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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 in 2001 the characters of Willow and Tara kissed on the TV show Buffy […]

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On This Gay Day: Playwright Christopher Marlowe was born in 1564

Was Christopher Marlowe gay?  Christopher Marlowe was an English poet and playwright born in Canterbury in 1564. He is widely considered to be one of the most important playwrights of the Elizabethan era, along with William Shakespeare. Marlowe’s works include the plays Tamburlaine the Great, Doctor Faustus, and Edward II, among others. His writing was […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1983 playwright and author Tennessee Williams died

Tennessee Williams is remembered as one of the most important playwrights of the 20th century  Tennessee Williams was a prolific American playwright and author, best known for his emotionally charged, psychologically complex works that explored the human condition. Born Thomas Lanier Williams III on March 26, 1911, in Columbus, Mississippi, he was the son of […]

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On This Gay Day: ‘That’s What Friends Are For’ wins Grammy award

‘That’s What Friends Are For’ wins Grammy award for Song of the Year On this day in 1986 the song That’s What Friends Are For won the Song of the Year category at the Grammy Awards. The recording by Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and Elton John also picked up the Grammy Award for Best Pop […]

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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: Iconic artist Andy Warhol died in 1987

Artist Andy Warhol died in 1987  Andy Warhol was just 58 years old when he passed away unexpectantly on this day in 1987. In just a few decades Warhol had made an mark on the art world, but also explored filmmaking, running a magazine, publishing books, facilitating the making of music and many other things. […]

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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 School Teacher. […]

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On This Gay Day: William Lygon, NSW’s bisexual governor was born

Lord Beauchamp was the 20th Governor of New South Wales, thirty years after he competed his term of service he was outed as a homosexual and forced into exile. William Lygon, the 7th Earl of Beauchamp, was born on this day in 1872. He served as the 20th Governor of New South Wales from 1899 […]

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On This Gay Day: WA MP claims lesbians bounce on each other

“It is not normal for a woman to bounce around on another woman or for someone to put his penis up a 16-year-old boy’s backside. That is not okay.” In 2002 as the Western Australian parliament discussed reforming the age of consent for same sex attracted people, Liberal MP Robyn McSweeney made her infamous ‘bouncing […]

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