Explore highlights from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex collections
The Library’s LGBTQI+ collections are broad in scope, crossing subject areas such as history, queer and gender studies, women’s studies, literature, law, health and the social sciences.
The collections reflect the diversity of people in New South Wales and the Library is committed to creating an inclusive space where LGBTQI+ people feel welcome.
Only in recent years have LGBTQI+ communities been able to develop their own definitions of who they are and how they live. We recognise that the language and terminology used to describe LGBTQI+ people has often brought harm to these communities.
We use the acronym LGBTQI+ on these pages and acknowledge that other variations of this acronym are just as valid.
The Library is acquiring material recording the experiences of individuals, businesses, clubs, and organisations from the LGBTQI+ community, relating to their personal lives and community activities in New South Wales, both contemporary and historical.
We are particularly interested in documenting activities and events in New South Wales associated with the Sydney WorldPride 2023 festival.
The collections of unpublished material, including letters, personal papers, diaries and pictorial material, encompass individuals, community organisations, political groups and social agencies within the LGBTQI+ communities in New South Wales.
Photographs & graphics
The photograph and graphics collections document political activism, the development of organisations and movements for legal rights and social acceptance, and the evolution of confident and energetic LGBTQI+ social scenes in New South Wales, illustrating the changes in social attitudes towards sexuality and identity in Australia.
Newspapers & magazines
Print media produced by and for LGBTQI+ communities grew substantially from the 1970s and into the 1980s, now considered a ‘golden era’ for Australian LGBTQI+ print media. Titles from these years include Camp Ink, Campaign, Lesbians on the Loose, William and John, Wicked Women, and Sydney Star Observer.
Books & ebooks
The Library's collection includes fiction, non-fiction and pulp fiction reprints of works by and about LGBTQI+ people, from the most popular publications through to rare and valuable editions. Select titles are also available to access online.
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Oral history, sound & film
The Library has a growing collection of oral histories, radio interviews, talks and podcasts, many of which are being digitised for access online. Eye-witness accounts help us understand the history of LGBTQI+ experience in New South Wales and redress the absence of LGBTQI+ voices in historical collections.