Add your footprint
Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint is a collaborative community art project by LUCIANO and Georgia Keats, in partnership with the Australian Queer Archive (AQuA).
Working with AQuA, we will map sites significant to Melbourne's queer history. This initial data will be enriched with stories directly from our queer community, creating a snap shot of queer life in Melbourne up until the year 2021.
Tell us your story, whatever it is. Did you have a queer awakening? Or maybe a significant experience that made you the queer you are today? Where did it happen? All stories are welcome, big or small, from the past or present.
All personal information collected remains secure and is used to help us confirm that our map represents the experiences of all of Melbourne's LGBTQIA+ community. If you have any issues with supplying personal details, please leave these sections unanswered. Locations added to the map will be anonymous and will not include any personal details.
Our map has been made with Google My Maps and has the same interface.
To browse our map, click the symbol in the top left corner to pull out a menu that lists all locations. Here you will be able to filter between community stories and stories collected from the archive.
Alternatively, click on the symbols in the map to read more about the significance of each location to Melbourne's Queer History.
If you would like to explore the map in full screen, press the symbol on the top right corner. This will direct you to our Google My Map site.
If you would like to add your story to our map, please fill out the form above.
Please allow two business days from submission for you story to appear on the map. Although we intend to represent all peoples and stories, some submissions may not be fit for our project and will not be listed.
Luciano is a Melbourne based arts educator and multidisciplinary artist.
Inspired by domesticity, traditions of storytelling and the interwoven relationship between society and fibre, his artistic practice explores aspects of human nature, the shared and differing experience of communities and the relationship between people and textile crafts.
Georgia Keats is a Melbourne based arts educator and multidisciplinary artist.
Her artistic practice explores the accessibility of visual language, combining symbols and everyday objects that represent queer experience. Georgia continues to expand her practice through experiential storytelling, pulling from themes of uncomfortability and contradiction in her life.