Pride (R)evolution

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Pride (R)evolution

This major exhibition takes a queer lens to the State Library’s vast collection and shares more than 20 untold stories that celebrate LGBTQI+ communities. 

Exhibition
Saturday 18 February 2023 to Sunday 9 July 2023
Admission: Free

Location

Pride (R)evolution

From hook-ups to ACT-UP, Ballroom to ball sports, fag hags to radical drag, and coalition to intersectionality, we shine the spotlight on lives, loves, industries and identities that have historically been overlooked and undervalued. 

Curated from queer perspectives with input from community historians, activists and creatives, Pride (R)evolution centres LGBTQI+ experience. 

Experience an immersive display of photographs, posters, letters, scrapbooks, clothing, film and sound — as well as newly commissioned works from queer and trans writers and artists. 

A dynamic events program supports the exhibition, featuring local and international LGBTQI+ luminaries. Highlights during Sydney WorldPride include a star-studded celebration of the late Doris Fish. In May, acclaimed playwright Alana Valentine curates an evening of storytelling with music, exploring the legacy of crossdressing vaudevillian Nellie Small. Pride month in June will be celebrated with storytelling, screenings and performance associated with the exhibition.

Colourful poster with the words 'Gay Youth'

 

 

Gay Youth poster, c 1985 by Sydney Gay Youth Group, Robert French collection 
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Colourful poster with the words 'Sydney Gay Mardi Gras'
Sydney Gay Mardi Gras poster, 1984 by Alan Booth, Robert French collection
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Colour photograph of four people standing at the front door of a house.

 

 

Sharehouse, Sydney, c 1975 by Gregg Blachford, colour slide, Gregg Blachford collection 
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Ida Leeson
Ida Leeson
1933
photographer unknown
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IE3280767
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black and white ink on paper

Gay map of Sydney
2019
Jeremy Smith
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campaign poster

Safe and Solid
1997
Solide Art Produktions, Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project
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Typed double sided black and white newsletter
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double sided newsletter 

Gay Counselling Service of NSW records

C.W.A Newsheet No. 15
1973
Camp Women of Australia
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Magazine article with black and white photograph
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People Magazine 

published by Broadway 

feature article

The Gentleman is a Lady
1952
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Postcard from the 1994 Lesbian Calendar
C.Moore Hardy
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Meet the curators

Profile photo of curator Ronald Briggs

Ronald Briggs (he/him)

Ronald (Gamilaroi) is originally from Moree in central north-western NSW. He has over 30 years of experience working at the State Library of NSW and has also worked with the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. Most recently Ronald has been part of the Library’s curatorial team, specialising in First Nations people and histories, curating exhibitions, and bringing new items and voices into the Library’s collections.
Portrait of State Library curator Catherine Freyne

Catherine Freyne (She/Her)

Catherine is a historian and producer of multimedia history content. She has worked as Features Producer at ABC Radio National and Historian at the City of Sydney. For her work in radio, she has received two NSW Premier’s History Awards and the Oral History Australia Media Award. She is currently completing a PhD which combines history, sexuality studies and family memoir. She likes the poet Muriel Rukeyser’s notion that ‘the universe is made up of stories not atoms’ and has a particular penchant for the true ones. She loves birds, underdogs and primary sources.
Photographic portrait of a bald, white bearded man, wearing clear framed glasses and smiling directly at the camea.

Bruce Carter (he/him)

Bruce has worked with communities on history projects for over 20 years, for the last decade with researchers at the State Library of NSW. He became a founding member of Sydney’s Pride History Group in 2006 and was a co-curator on the Library’s ‘Coming Out in the 70s’ exhibition in 2020–21. His PhD (completed at UTS in 2019) looked at the concept of ‘memory activism’ and the potential in personal memory and storytelling to challenge social inequality and dominant historical narratives.
 amn smiling with a flower jacket

Damien Webb (he/him)

Damien is a queer Palawa man (from southeast Tasmania) who has worked in state libraries for the last 10 years, including roles in Western Australia and New South Wales. He previously coordinated the State Library of Western Australia’s ‘Storylines Project’ and has worked with Aboriginal artists, traditional owners and researchers all over Australia.

Acknowledgement

Throughout the development of PRIDE (R)EVOLUTION, a number of community elders and experts have contributed stories, ideas and feedback.

For this we say THANK YOU from the bottom of our big gay hearts.

We couldn’t have done it without you.

Matt Akersten
Johnny Allen
Darby Carr
Dan Clarke
Kat Dopper
Robert French
Ben Graetz
Harriet Gillies
Dennis Golding
C.Moore Hardy
Robyn Kennedy
Brianna Lara Ranieri 
Sophie Robinson 
Madeline Roche 
Dan Rogers 
Ruth Shipman 
Liza-Mare Syron 
Mia Washburn   
Garry Wotherspoon

Sydney World Pride logo

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Coming Out in the 70s

Gay and lesbian life went public in the 70s. Speaking up and standing out, gay men and women took to the streets proudly demanding to be seen, heard and accepted.  

These chapters draw from stories and records in the Library’s collection to explore how the gay and lesbian rights movement emerged in NSW in the 1970s.  

LGBTQI+ collections

Explore highlights from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex collections. 

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