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Luciano and Georgia Keats, supported by the Australian Queer Archive, present Queer-ways: Retracing Melbourne’s Queer Footprint.

 

Queer-ways maps the queer cartography of Melbourne, combining the queer stories and voices of Melbourne past and present into a permanent, interactive record of being queer in Melbourne.

Thank you to everyone that contributed to our digital map. ​Please use the link below to explore our illustrated Augmented Reality maps of Queer Melbourne, bringing our history to life.

Thanks for submitting!

Supported by Midsumma for Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride, we will now be taking the stories of Melbourne’s queer history to the streets, painting a timeline of key events in Melbourne’s queer history as a mural in Fitzroy.

As part of this mural project, Yarra City Council is supporting the development of a walking tour podcast that will launch as part of the festival and be available to community members to showcase some of the LGBTIQA+ history in Yarra

 

We are currently seeking stories specifically from the City of Yarra. To contribute, check out the blue Yarra based locations on the digital map below. Do you have a story from one of these locations you would like recorded in Melbourne's queer history? If you do (or if we have left out somewhere important) add your story so that we can ensure our map shares accurate stories from our whole community!

Call for submissions

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Explore Melbourne's most iconic and familiar queer landmarks through our digital Augmented Reality maps of the city.

Guided by local queer voices, such as Sally Goldner AM and Cerulean - Miss First Nation 2021, explore a re-telling of Melbourne’s queer history, celebrating the historical and contemporary queer venues, events and spaces that have shaped and continue to tell the story of Melbourne.

 

THE MAP

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 below.

 

Please allow two business days from submission for your 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. 

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Add your footprint

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.

Call for submissions

We are currently seeking stories specifically from the City of Yarra. Contributed stories may be used within a walking tour podcast that will launch as part of Melbourne Pride - A Road to Pride. The walking tour podcast project has. been made possible through the support of Yarra City Council.

 

To contribute, check out the blue Yarra based locations on our digital map. Do you have a story from one of these locations you would like recorded in Melbourne's queer history? If you do (or if we have left out somewhere important) add your story so that we can ensure our map shares accurate stories from our whole community!

To begin, please tell us about yourself

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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.

 

The project

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

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Queer-ways was established on the unceded traditional lands of the Wurundjeri nation in the Kulin alliance.

 

This project is focused on the geographical location referred to as “Melbourne", known as Naarm (or Narrm) by the Woiwurrung language group. The map we have utilised is based off of previous settler-colonial cartography and may not accurately reflect the Aboriginal cultural landscape.

 

In the future, we hope to find and develop the technology to integrate Indigenous nations into the Queer-ways map. If you are not aware of the rightful custodians of the land on which you are located, you can learn more at www.aiatsis.gov.au.

 

Queer-ways acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this land and gives respect to the Elders, past and present, and through them to all Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We encourage you to take steps towards learning more about how you can support Indigenous communities in the fight for sovereignty.

Queer-ways has been promoted through JOYFM, Australia's OUT. LOUD. PROUD. radio station, 3CR Community Radio 855 AM and Triple R 102.7FM, SmartArts. As well as ACCA's The ACCA Weekly.

You can hear us talking about our project on the Hairy Original Community Podcast

Queer-ways has been recorded in Testing Grounds Project Archive.

Our posters have also been archived in the Riley Ephemera Collection and our website will also be archived through Trove as part of the State Library of Victoria's collection.

Support

Queer-ways is supported by the Australian Queer Archive (AQuA)

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Queer-ways is supported by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.

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This project is supported by the City of Melbourne Arts Grants.

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Creative development supported by Testing Grounds Creative Development Program

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ABOUT US

LUCIANo

he/him

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.

www.lucianoart.ist

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GEORGIA KEATS   

she/they

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.

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