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On This Gay Day: Steven Carrington was introduced on ‘Dynasty’

Dynasty premiered in 1981 with a gay character TV series Dynasty premiered on this day in 1981. The show followed the trials and tribulations of the rich Carrington family. In the debut episode it was revealed that son Steven Carrington, played by Al Corley (pictured left), was gay. At the time there few LGBTIQ characters on television, […]

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On This Gay Day: In 1982 the fight against HIV begins

The formation of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Inc. It was on this day, January 4th, in 1982 that the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Inc. was formed in New York. It was the first community organisation created to tackle the emergence of what would later be identified as HIV. Reports of a ‘gay cancer’ began […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Ethel Richardson was born

The birth of Ethel Richardson Ethel Florence Lindesay Richardson was born on this day in 1870 in East Melbourne. She would become one of Australia’s most celebrated writers under the pseudonym Henry Handel Richardson. Her father died when she was young, and her mother became the Post Mistress in the Victorian Country town of Maldoon. Ethel […]

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On This Gay Day: Author Charles Beaumont was born

Author who challenged Playboy’s audience on their attitudes towards homosexuality was born on this day. On this day in 1929 author Charles Beaumont was born, and while he was not (as far as we know) LGBTIQ+, he wrote a story that had an significant effect on the fight for gay liberation. Born Charles Nutt in […]

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On This Gay Day: Writer E.M. Forster was born

E.M. Foster was born on this day in 1879 Writer Edward Morgan Foster was born on January 1st, 1879. He would go on to write many best selling novels that often explored themes of class difference and hypocrisy. His best known works include A Room with a View (1908), Howards End (1910) and A Passage to India (1924). He was nominated for […]

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On This Gay Day: Marriage equality Bill passes through Parliament

Marriage Equality became law in Australia Today marks three years since a Bill to legislate for marriage equality in Australia passed through the House of Representatives. Following the ‘Yes’ result of 61% in the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, the Bill from Liberal Senator Dean Smith with co-sponsorship from Labor, The Greens, Nick Xenophon Team […]

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On This Gay Day: Australia allowed gays and lesbians to serve openly in the military

In 1992 Australia allows gay and lesbian people to serve openly in the military On this day back in 1992 the Keating government decreed that gay, lesbian and bisexual people could openly serve in the military. Prior to this personnel who were discovered to be same sex attracted were dismissed from their roles. The decision […]

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On This Gay Day: Benjamin Britten was born in 1913

Composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in 1913 English composer Benjamin Britten was born on this day in 1913. A central figure in music in the 20th century he composed well known operas, orchestral and vocal music. He is best known for the opera Peter Grimes, War Requiem and The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra.  Born […]

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On This Gay Day: ‘A Certain Summer’ premiered in 1972

‘A Certain Summer’ shows a sympathetic portrayal of a same sex relationship The TV movie A Certain Summer premiered on US TV on this day back in 1972. The film is acknowledged as one of the first sympathetic depictions of a same sex relationship on television. The ‘Movie of the Week’ told the story of divorced […]

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On This Gay Day: Marriage plebiscite is adopted as government policy

Tony Abbott puts forward the idea of a plebiscite for marriage equality On August 11th 2015, division within the Coalition over the issue of marriage equality came to a head. The Abbott government’s policy was that marriage would strictly only be between a man and a woman, but as country after country around the globe […]

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