A mug shot of Neville McQuade (aged 18) and Lewis Stanley Keith (aged 19), taken at North Sydney Police Station in June 1942.
Sydney Living Museums
From the "goo goo" boys mocked for their love of theatre to cross-dressing troops and "trouser women", Australia has a rich queer history.
The contestants of the first Canadian Drag Race.
How Ru Paul's Drag Race turned an underground anti-capitalist art form into a lucrative multifaceted mainstream industry
Sci-fi, fantasy and rom-coms: books with LGBTQIA+ characters are as diverse as their readers.
Members of Shanghai’s LGBTQ communities gather to celebrate Pride Month.
Despite the pandemic, Shanghai's Pride month went ahead this year, a sign of China's growing acceptance of its LGBTQ communities.
Sociologist Marcus Anthony Hunter found that for Black patrons of a Black nightclub, the ‘nightly round’ mitigated the impacts of spatial and social isolation.
(Unslpash/Tobias Nii Kwatei Quartey)
If bars are forced to restrict people's movement in our post-coronavirus pandemic world, they will lose some of their most important social functions.
Volunteers spray disinfectant in the Itaewon district of Seoul after a cluster of cases linked to its nightclubs.
Seoul has a bustling queer community, but LGBTQ+ people in South Korea face ongoing stigma.
The RuPaul crew for Drag Race UK.
What started as a showcase for America's drag queens is fast becoming a global sensation.
Ben & Jerry’s opened Art for Justice, which highlights the need for criminal justice reform and features art by formerly incarcerated artists.
AP Images/Andy Duback
Today, companies often take stances on social issues. A professor of brand responsibility compares ally brands with advocates.
Anna Paquin and Holliday Grainger star in Tell it to the Bees.
There was an outcry in the LGBT community when the ending of Fiona Shaw's bestselling novel was changed for the film.
Dallas Dellaforce, Queer Central, Imperial Hotel, Erskineville, 2018. ‘Queerdom’ presents an archive of queer and trans life in Sydney.
Queerdom, an exhibition of photography and poetry, presents a history of queer and trans performance in Sydney that challenges recent narratives about queer life in Australia.
20th Century Fox
The hit film about a lesbian Queen Anne is the latest in a wave of films, TV series and books which make woman on woman sexuality a central theme.
Melbourne Town Hall lit up with the rainbow for the Coming Back Out Ball.
In the midst of the same-sex marriage debate, Melbourne held The Coming Back Out Ball, an evening to honour queer elders.
The Macaroni, A real Character at the Late Masquerade.
Philip Dawe, 1773 (via Flickr)
The flamboyant 18th-century 'Macaronis' were so called because they were said to prefer continental pasta to good old British roast beef.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season ten.
RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its tenth season, is an extraordinary success. But the show valorises a specific form of masculinity and is still grappling with a rapidly changing discourse around gender.
Queer Eye has made some strides. In this new version, the producers have addressed broader issues of gender, race, religion and politics than before. However, the show as before, showcases consumerism as the way to a better life.
The new Queer Eye has viewers hooked on its emotional ride through men's lives, aiming to embrace diversity and counter toxic masculinity. Yet its focus on consumerism threatens its lofty ideals.
Queer women were allowed to serve openly in Australia’s defence force from 1992.
While lesbian women were technically banned from serving in the Australia Defence Force until 1992, many before then found that military life was a place to express their love and desire for the first time.
The Fall of the Titans, Cornelis Cornelisz van Haarlem, circa 1590.
The dream of a "gay utopia" is a constant in gay and lesbian historical imaginings over the last 200 years. But the Greek attitude to same-sex attraction was not nearly as permissive as many have assumed.
People in Melbourne protest funding cuts to the Safe Schools program in 2016.
AAP Image/Mal Fairclough
From William Chidley to Germaine Greer Australia has spawned more than its fair share of radical thinkers about sex, and Australians have often embraced their ideas, despite persecution by officialdom.
People celebrate the results of the same-sex marriage postal survey in Melbourne.
AAP Image/Luis Enrique Ascui
Given that only 20 years ago Tasmania decriminalised male homosexuality, the same-sex marriage survey result represents an extraordinary change. But there is still work to be done.
Exhibition installation view of Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, 27 Oct 2017 – 18 Feb 2018.
All artworks © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Used by permission. Photo: AGNSW, Christopher Snee
The distinctive visual style of Robert Mapplethorpe’s beautiful, oversized images seems now more classical than shocking. But he can still reveal the subconscious of an era we think we have outgrown.