Sunshine Girl - Toronto Sun
An artists’ collective researching lesbian and gay pioneers from Melbourne’s west has sparked a search for a “Sunshine gay girl” who wrote a letter to the Sunshine Advocate in 1980.Wild Books Collective, comprising Stephen Louis, Susan Miller and

An artists’ collective researching lesbian and gay pioneers from Melbourne’s west has sparked a search for a “Sunshine gay girl” who wrote a letter to the Sunshine Advocate in 1980.

Wild Books Collective, comprising Stephen Louis, Susan Miller and Gennivieve Collier, found the letter while searching the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives for an exhibition titled Other: Queer Stories, Past and Present, showing at Altona’s Joel Gallery until
February 15.

Among those featured are Sunshine’s Leigh Bowery, who ran a London nightclub, and Gordon Doak who, in 1973, walked to the city through the streets of Sunshine, Tottenham and Footscray with a banner proclaiming: ‘I am proud of my homosexuality. Please change the repress[ive laws] against homosexuals and let us live in peace’.

George Grossmith junior (1874-1935), English actor, singer, theatrical producer, writer, &c, and Connie Ediss (1871-1934), English actress, comedienne and singer, respectively as Lord Bicester and Brenda Blacker in an incident from The Sunshine Girl , the musical play by Paul Rubens and Cecil Raleigh produced at the Gaiety Theatre, London, on 24 February 1912.
(photo: Foulsham & Banfield, London, 1912; Rotary Photographic Series postcard no. 11670 B, published by the Rotary Photographic Co Ltd, London, 1912)

An artists’ collective researching lesbian and gay pioneers from Melbourne’s west has sparked a search for a “Sunshine gay girl” who wrote a letter to the Sunshine Advocate in 1980.

Wild Books Collective, comprising Stephen Louis, Susan Miller and Gennivieve Collier, found the letter while searching the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives for an exhibition titled Other: Queer Stories, Past and Present, showing at Altona’s Joel Gallery until
February 15.

Among those featured are Sunshine’s Leigh Bowery, who ran a London nightclub, and Gordon Doak who, in 1973, walked to the city through the streets of Sunshine, Tottenham and Footscray with a banner proclaiming: ‘I am proud of my homosexuality. Please change the repress[ive laws] against homosexuals and let us live in peace’.

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