Summary

Round sticker featuring central blue circle with white lines radiating out from it. Given at the Midsumma Carnival to indicate that the wearer had made a donation on entry.

Collected during the 2005-2006 Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Transgender Collections Survey, a joint project between Museum Victoria, State Library of Victoria and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

The Midsumma Festival was established in Melbourne in 1988, and is now one of the most significant gay and lesbian festivals in the world. It includes live music, performing arts and a carnival. It lasts for three weeks each year, from mid-January to February, and is concentrated over five inner city municipal councils across Melbourne: City of Melbourne, City of Stonnington, City of Yarra, City of Moreland and the City of Port Phillip. Midsumma Festival Inc is a not-for-profit organisation. 2006 principle sponsor was the City of Melbourne, with producing partners Tourism Victoria, Arts Victoria, City of Yarra & IBM.

The Midsumma Carnival is one event of the Festival.

Physical Description

Round sticker, blue and white, featuring central blue circle with white lines radiating out from it.

Significance

Collected during the Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Transgender Collections Survey, a joint project between Museum Victoria, State Library of Victoria and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives in 2005-2006. The project aimed for 'improved knowledge, representation and interpretation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender material in public collections. It aimed to promote the development of strategies for encouraging discussion and awareness of homosexuality in the mainstream community. It also aimed to begin to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Victorians with a sense of inclusion in the broader story of our heritage. The survey has provided an opportunity for the celebration of political and social achievements, and recognition of the tenets of equal opportunity and human rights for all Victorians.' (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Material Survey Project Report, Kate Davison, 2006).

These documents provide an important record of community activity within and beyond the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in Victoria in the period 2005-2006. They show a breadth of activities, including tours, exhibitions, research projects and political movements, across organisations ranging from the AIDS Care Association to the Midsumma Festival.

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