Small Town Queer exhibition celebrates diversity in the Tweed


The maypole at Mandala, Australia's first same-sex commune. David Johnstone Collection, courtesy of Australian Lesbian and Gay Archive.
The maypole at Mandala, Australia’s first same-sex commune. David Johnstone Collection, courtesy of Australian Lesbian and Gay Archive.
"The exhibition continues the Museum’s ongoing work toward ensuring that our collections and programs represent all those people who call the Tweed home, and who contribute to the richness and vitality of this community"

– Museum Director Judy Kean

 

Tweed Regional Museum has launched its first digital exhibition and collections project that explores the rich tapestry of Tweed’s LGBTQIA+ history from the early 1900s to the present.

This digital project coincides with LGBTI History Month and includes research into the area’s history, the Museum’s first podcast series, a story map, and an interactive portal for community contributions.

The Museum has collaborated with LGBTQIA+ community members to collect, share and preserve the histories of Tweed’s many and varied queer voices.

The project features stories from local authors, sporting stars, 78ers (a group of activists who marched in the original Sydney Mardi Gras in 1978), performers, and activists.

The website features a ‘Your Story’ portal – an interactive and inclusive space for the LGBTQIA+ community to tell their own stories about being a small-town queer.

The Museum is encouraging people to upload their own story, lived experience, views and life events so that future generations have a greater understanding of LGBTQIA+ history in the Tweed. This may also include the stories of partners, family members and friends of LGBTQIA+ people who are also invited to contribute.

It acknowledges those community members whose experiences and many contributions have been largely missing from public history, and it shares stories of diversity within the queer community

– Museum Director Judy Kean

 

For more information on the exhibition, visit museum.tweed.nsw.gov.au/small-town-queer

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