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February 6, 2017 10:08 PM   Subscribe

Back in the early '70s a bunch of Melbourne students got together ... and the rest is history, as outlined in Out of the Closets, Into the Streets. This short [12.22m] documentary by Wind & Sky productions for Culture Victoria explores the moment in the early 1970s when Melbourne’s gay and lesbian people found their voice through the Gay Liberation Movement.

Features interviews with original Gay Lib members, archival images from the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives collection and original Super 8 footage by Barbara Creed. Click the "read more" for a transcript.
posted by valetta (2 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
Amazing stuff; thanks for this post!
posted by languagehat at 7:31 AM on February 7, 2017

Yes, thanks for this. I know next to nothing about the history of the Australian gay movement so this is just great.

“I think it's important that we understand that social change comes about because people collectively start asking for it. I think that's something that every generation has to learn in its own way.”

The more things change...

“It's not about equality, I think that's the thing that's hardest to get across to people. Gay liberation didn't want equality, they wanted transformation of everything. Liberation wasn't about equality for gay people, it was about sexual freedom for everybody, everybody was going to be free.”

I'm grateful for the progress we've made, but the more we have to fight to hold on to the "equality" we've got, the more I wish we'd stuck with this path.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 10:01 AM on February 7, 2017 [1 favorite]

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