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On This Gay Day: Victorian Police raided the Tasty Nightclub

On This Gay Day: Victorian Police raided the Tasty Nightclub

Victorian Police raid Tasty, resulting in a $10 million lawsuit On the 7th of August 1994, dozens of police officers entered the Tasty club night in Melbourne, then detained and strip searched, and in some cases cavity searched, 463 people over seven hours. Tasty was a regular club night that was known as a popular […]

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On This Gay Day: Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ was released

On This Gay Day: Salt-n-Pepa’s ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ was released

In 1991 Salt-n-Pepa urged us to ‘talk about sex’  Rapper Salt-n-Pepa scored on of their biggest hits back in 1991 with Let’s Talk About Sex. The song urged people to have open and honest discussions about sex and ralied against censorship of discussions in the media. Released at the height of the AIDS crisis, the […]

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On This Gay Day: The acronym AIDS is proposed in Washington

On This Gay Day: The acronym AIDS is proposed in Washington

The acronym AIDS is first proposed in 1982 On this day in 1982 the acronym AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is first proposed at a meeting in Washington. The meeting brought together leaders of the LGBT+ communities, health experts and people from the US Centre for Disease Control who agreed that the term GRID (Gay […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1981 the first mainstream media report about AIDS was published

On This Gay Day: In 1981 the first mainstream media report about AIDS was published

In 1981 the first mainstream newspaper report about HIV appeared In 1981 the New York Times ran the first article in the mainstream media that covered that would later be recognised as HIV/AIDS. On the 18th May 1981 a news article has been published in the gay press, and on 5th June 1981 the US Centre for […]

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On This Gay Day: The first report about AIDS is published

On This Gay Day: The first report about AIDS is published

On This Gay Day: The first report about HIV/AIDS was published in 1981 It’s often reported that the first information about what would later be identified as HIV/AIDS was when on 5 June 1981 the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention published a notice about gay men who had died from rare, and usually […]

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

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: In 1994 author Randy Shilts passed away

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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New ABC drama ‘In Our Blood’ will focus on Australia’s HIV response

New ABC drama ‘In Our Blood’ will focus on Australia’s HIV response

The ABC will air a new drama called In Our Blood. The four-part musical drama series is inspired by Australia’s radical response to the discovery of HIV/AIDS in the early 1980’s. The series features an ensemble cast led by Tim Draxl (A Place to Call Home, Summer Love), Matt Day (Rake, Harrow), Jada Alberts (Mystery […]

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French sociologist and HIV/AIDS activist Daniel Defert dies aged 85

French sociologist and HIV/AIDS activist Daniel Defert dies aged 85

French sociologist and HIV/AIDS activist Daniel Defert has died at the age of 85. Defert was the partner of Michel Foucault, the writer, philosopher, and literary critic who died of an AIDS-related death in 1984. Following his passing Defert founded AIDES, the first national HIV/AIDS organisation in France. The organization’s name is a play on […]

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On This Gay Day: Liberace died in 1987 of an AIDS related illness

On This Gay Day: Liberace died in 1987 of an AIDS related illness

Liberace denied he was gay and kept his HIV status a secret Liberace died on this day in 1987, the musician had been diagnosed with HIV in 1985 but did not publicly disclose his diagnosis. Władziu Valentino Liberace was born in Wisconsin, USA, in 1919. His parents were immigrants, his father hailing from Italy, while […]

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