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Gay and lesbian 'Wimbledon Dance' badge, 1981

This is a cream circular badge featuring the profile in green of US tennis player Billie Jean King inside the top left quadrant, against a dotted green background. The remainder of the badge has the inscription, also in green, 'GCN / "We All Make Mistakes" / Wimbledon Dance / July 1981'. The badge's diameter is 3.2 cm.

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Badge protesting against labelling of gay and lesbian minority, c1979

This is a circular badge with light blue background, featuring the word 'MEMBER' printed in white capital letters across the centre within a wide orange stripe. The words 'IMMORAL' and 'MINORITY', also in white capitals, are printed across the top and bottom respectively. There is slight rust at the top of the badge and ...

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Gay solidarity badge, 1969

This is a red circular badge from New York. The black outline of a butterfly inside the black outline of a triangle is printed in the centre. Around the top rim is the thick black inscription 'GAY SOLIDARITY'. 'CHRISTOPHER ST, JUNE '69' is printed around the bottom rim. The badge has a diameter of 3.70 cm.

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Badge for heterosexuals in solidarity with gays and lesbians, c1980

This is a white circular plastic-coated metal badge with a black image of a panda in the centre and 'heterosexuals unafraid of gays and lesbians' printed in black around the rim. The badge probably dates from the period 1970-90. Its diameter is 4.4 cm.

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Badge encouraging people to 'come out', c1980

This is a circula, black and plastic-coated metal badge featuring a central pink triangle overlaid with a light-grey butterfly. The slogan 'COME OUT!' is printed in strong pink capital letters around the edge of the bottom half of the badge, which is 4.9 cm in diameter.

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Finding love in the women's movement

In this clip, Susan Magarey and Sue Sheridan describe how their sexual orientation as lesbians and their close relationship became established. The clip explores their meeting at a women's studies conference in 1981 and the difficulties of coming out. Magarey explains how she initially thought of herself as bisexual while ...

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Compass - The Cardinal's Cousin, 2005: Coming out

This clip shows Monica Hingston, a former Catholic nun, describing her mother's reaction to her 'coming out' as a lesbian. While Monica felt her family would not reject her, the narrator points out that she most feared telling her mother. With some emotion, Monica relates how her mother, after initially saying 'you don't ...

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Compass - The Cardinal's Cousin, 2005: An open letter

This clip shows Monica Hingston, a former nun who left the Catholic Church after 'coming out' as a lesbian, describing the anger and frustration she felt at her realisation that the Vatican was attempting to deprive gays and lesbians of what she sees as basic human rights. Hingston describes her need to 'do something about ...

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Activities: History, Episode 3 - Relationships

This resource for History teachers is focused on relationships and gender issues in Australia. The resource supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 3 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series that investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through the recollections ...

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Activities: English, Episode 3 - Relationships

This resource for English teachers is focused on relationships and gender issues in Australia. It supports a set of short excerpts from Episode 3 of 'The Making of Modern Australia', a 2010 ABC television documentary series. This series investigates the social and political history of postwar Australia through archival ...