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ALGA has also built up extensive collections relating to key aspects of LGBTI life in Australia, including: pride festivals such as Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Midsumma and Feast Festival; HIV/AIDS education and activism; faith-based organisations in particular Christian groups and support groups; sporting organisations and events in particular Gay Games; leather, kink and BDSM.
ALGA also holds the largest collection of non-Australian LGBTI material in Australia, including material from the United States, England, Japan, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vanuatu, Denmark, Sweden and New Zealand.
The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA) is a community-based non-profit organisation committed to the collection, preservation and celebration of material reflecting the lives and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex LGBTI Australians.
Since its establishment the collection has grown to over 150,000 items (450 shelf metres), constituting the largest and most significant collection of material relating to LGBT Australians and the largest collection of LGBT material in Australia, and the most prominent research centre for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex history in Australia.
The Archives holds more than 1900 titles (approximately 50,000 items), from community newspapers and magazines, to organisational newsletters and zines from across Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan, Thailand etc.
Approximately 25 titles have been indexed in whole or in part, amounting to over 14,000 article references.
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ALGA's collection includes a broad range of library, archive, museum and gallery material, including personal papers and organisational records, periodicals, books, posters, photographs, audio-visual (betamax, VHS, 8mm film, DVD etc.), sound recordings (oral history, radio programs, conference speeches events etc.), newspaper clippings, theses, articles and pamphlets, ephemera (e.g.
flyers, circulars, invitations, cards, calendars etc.), badges, T-shirts, banners, objects, born digital objects etc.
It’s a month-long celebration, with a rally and march as well as a Fair Day in the park and a huge party at the end.
Equality Campaign executive director Tiernan Brady said: ‘With the scale of energy and determination here, this is the last time they will not be equal.’ He added: ‘The positivity and atmosphere are just what it should be,’ reports the Brisbane Times.
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