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Rainbow Research Fellowship

About the Fellowship

The Rainbow Research Fellowship supports research, exploration, and creation of new knowledge about Queensland’s LGBTIQA+ histories and communities using the John Oxley Library and State Library collections and resources. 

The fellowship, first of its kind in Queensland and potentially Australia, supports a more inclusive telling of Queensland history. 

The Fellowship recipient receives a stipend of $20,000, a personal workspace within the Neil Roberts Research Lounge for 12 months and premium access to State Library’s extensive collections and library staff expertise. 

Browse our collection to discover ephemera, photographs, posters, costumes and other items that celebrate the diversity of LGBTIQA+ communities in Queensland.

Want more information? Read our FAQ, or reach out to us at or on (07) 3840 7879 or (07) 3840 7887

The Rainbow Research Fellowship is generously supported by The Norman H Johns Trust.

Inaugural 2022 Rainbow Research Fellowship

The inaugural Rainbow Research Fellowship was awarded to Bianca Martin for her project, LGBTQIA+ Zines in Contemporary Queensland.

Bianca's project will use the existing zine collection in the John Oxley Library and build upon her own personal zine collection and zine maker connections for further archival information and interviews. Bianca aims to establish an abridged contemporary history of LGBTQIA+ zines in Queensland. Primarily focussing on contemporary (post 2000s) zines by LGBTQIA+ zinemakers, Bianca will aim to produce an academic journal article, a piece of creative nonfiction, and a creative response zine with the intention of locating common themes related to implicit or explicit community building within zinemaking. The project aims to uncover stories of lives that may not be so well documented, overlooked, silenced, or erased and will establish an alternative history of self-publishing in opposition to mainstream media.


For more information about Bianca's project watch her video below.

Woman outside, smiling at the camera.