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Gay Tas History

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Raised by 9 people in 14 months
Created November 24, 2017
Photo credit: PH30-1-4615 - Two men embrace on a bench at Fern Tree, Hobart, c.1890s. Unidentified.

We are keen to speak to everyone about their early life in Tasmania.

I'm a member of Oral History Tasmania and doing volunteer work for the only Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (celebrating their 40th year) at  http://alga.org.au

Perhaps you can refer yourself and interested LGBTI persons to this project.

The prime objective
is to accumulate an oral history of the LGBTI community in Tasmania, beginning with the mid-20th century while the participants are alive and willing.

I have a number of reliable elderly residents who say they are willing to participate in recorded interviews, some openly, some anonymously.

I encourage every person to speak frankly about their individual life experiences; in consideration of known difficulties, opportunities and suppression. These previously unrecorded memories are valuable for the history  of Tasmania.

The interviews will be done on archive-quality digital recorders designed for the purpose and used extensively in other oral history work.

Written recollections and any other relevant material are also accepted for the project.

Interviews will hopefully include the ‘scene’ in Tasmania in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s, which are the main gaps in all state and national archives.  Thus, I need to include persons born before 1960.

Copies of recordings will be lodged with interested archives including the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA).

What the money will be used for?
The funding will go towards the high cost of an oral history kit (e.g.: digital audio recorder, headphones and microphones) to ensure that the recordings are undertaken to appropriate archival standards; as well as a camera, to document interview subjects; and a  contribution towards statewide transport and accommodation.
 
Biography:
My name is Robert Thompson, I am a retired  gay man now living very happily in Tasmania. I do want to see Tasmanian history recorded, preserved and accessible to current and future generations.

 My involvement with the gay community began some 40 years ago when I saw wonderful research being gathered in Sydney on our earliest colonial history.

Tasmanian LBGTI History Project:
This is an oral history project focused on recording older Tasmanian LGBTI people, a group who has only been recorded in a limited way. The focus on much Tasmanian and indeed broader Australian LGBTI history, has focused on activism post 1970, from the gay liberation period onwards, and in particular in Tasmania on decriminalisation and marriage equality. However, Tasmania’s LGBTI and in particular ‘camp’ history goes back much further - the bars and the beats, the private parties and social circles of the period up to the 1960’s will be a key focus on this project.  As we (and Austria!)
now have marriage equality, it is important to look to where we have come from, and that is a history much longer than the marriage equality movement.

To support the background research for the project, I am compiling information with the assistance of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives is the biggest repository of historical materials about LGBTI experience in Australia. The Archives was established in 1978. It is a volunteer, community-based organisation.

This very involving new project will bring a greater in-depth understanding of the now more widely-known and respected LGBTI Australian community.

I welcome enquiries, communications, especially from interviewees, donations, archival materials, early books and magazines.

Please refer to the 16 plus regular Updates herewith for news, history, happenings and progress...
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Update 19
Posted by Robert Thompson
3 months ago
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We came across this map of Hobart from the Sydney gay magazine Campaign, issue n.114, June 1985, p.36.
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Update 18
Posted by Robert Thompson
3 months ago
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“I was arrested for being gay before I’d even danced with another man.” – Rodney Croome
In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private. The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change a law in Tasmania that was the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.
From candid interviews with the people who were there, Campion Decent has fashioned a gripping account of Tasmania’s decades-long gay law reform campaign; the venomous parliamentary debates and public meetings, the individual acts of bravery and humour amidst the hurt, and the dogged march to a landmark United Nations ruling that had far-reaching repercussions in the Federal and Tasmanian Parliaments and the High Court of Australia.
Honest, raw and urgent, The Campaign chronicles Tasmania’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.
For the first time The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre combine to tell this important Tasmanian story partnering with If Theatre & Salamanca Arts Centre.
Produced by The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre,
in association with If Theatre and Salamanca Arts Centre
Writer Campion Decent
Director Matt Scholten
Set & Costume Designer Matt Scholten
Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins
Composer/Audio Designer Heath Brown
Stage Manager Adam (Gus) Powers
Cast Alex Duncan, Rosemary Cann, Robert Jarman, Mel King and Ben Winckle
Dates October 22 - November 3
Venue Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre
Duration 100 minutes (no interval)
Patrons Advice Course language and adult themes
Image by Roger Lovell
The development of The Campaign was assisted by Playwriting Australia's Duologue program.

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Monday 22nd October (invitation only opening night)
Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30pm
Wednesday 24th October, 7.30pm
Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm
Friday 26th October, 8.00pm
Saturday 27th October, 2.00pm
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm

Tuesday 30th October, 6.30pm
Wednesday 31st October, 7.30pm
Thursday 1st November, 7.30pm
Friday 2nd November, 8.00pm
Saturday 3rd November, 7.30pm
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Update 17
Posted by Robert Thompson
3 months ago
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“I was arrested for being gay before I’d even danced with another man.” – Rodney Croome
In 1988 more than one hundred arrests were made at Salamanca Market when the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group defied a ban on a stall that featured petitions to decriminalise sexual activity between consenting adult males in private. The arrests lit the spark for a campaign to change a law in Tasmania that was the most draconian in the Western world in terms of its penalty and, by the time of its repeal, the last of its kind in Australia.
From candid interviews with the people who were there, Campion Decent has fashioned a gripping account of Tasmania’s decades-long gay law reform campaign; the venomous parliamentary debates and public meetings, the individual acts of bravery and humour amidst the hurt, and the dogged march to a landmark United Nations ruling that had far-reaching repercussions in the Federal and Tasmanian Parliaments and the High Court of Australia.
Honest, raw and urgent, The Campaign chronicles Tasmania’s journey from exclusion to inclusion, from opposition to acceptance, and from hatred to embrace.
For the first time The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre combine to tell this important Tasmanian story partnering with If Theatre & Salamanca Arts Centre.
Produced by The Tasmanian Theatre Company and Blue Cow Theatre,
in association with If Theatre and Salamanca Arts Centre
Writer Campion Decent
Director Matt Scholten
Set & Costume Designer Matt Scholten
Lighting Designer Nicholas Higgins
Composer/Audio Designer Heath Brown
Stage Manager Adam (Gus) Powers
Cast Alex Duncan, Rosemary Cann, Robert Jarman, Mel King and Ben Winckle
Dates October 22 - November 3
Venue Peacock Theatre, Salamanca Arts Centre
Duration 100 minutes (no interval)
Patrons Advice Course language and adult themes
Image by Roger Lovell
The development of The Campaign was assisted by Playwriting Australia's Duologue program.

PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Monday 22nd October (invitation only opening night)
Tuesday 23rd October, 7.30pm
Wednesday 24th October, 7.30pm
Thursday 25th October, 7.30pm
Friday 26th October, 8.00pm
Saturday 27th October, 2.00pm
Saturday 27th October, 7.30pm

Tuesday 30th October, 6.30pm
Wednesday 31st October, 7.30pm
Thursday 1st November, 7.30pm
Friday 2nd November, 8.00pm
Saturday 3rd November, 7.30pm
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Update 16
Posted by Robert Thompson
3 months ago
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LGBT rights in India

On 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised homosexuality by declaring Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional. The Court unanimously ruled that individual autonomy, intimacy, and identity are protected fundamental rights.

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in India face legal and social difficulties not experienced by non-LGBT persons. Sexual activity between people of the same gender is legal but same-sex couples legally cannot marry or obtain civil partnerships. On 6 September 2018, the Supreme Court of India decriminalised homosexuality by declaring Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code unconstitutional. The Court unanimously ruled that individual autonomy, intimacy, and identity are protected fundamental rights.
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