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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.

2024 Rainbow Research Fellowship

The 2024 Rainbow Research Fellowship was awarded to Associate Professor, Heather Anderson for her project, Radio rebels: highlighting the contributions of women, trans and non-binary people to the history of Queensland community radio

Queensland played an important role in the establishment of Australian community radio with Meanjin/Brisbane community station 4ZZZ awarded one of the first licenses in the country. Lobbying not only locally, but for a nationally legislated community radio sector, the founding members of 4ZZZ paved the way for communities across the state to establish their own stations. There has been some attention paid to documenting the establishment of community radio in Queensland, much through the story of 4ZZZ. Less apparent in this history are the voices of women, trans and non-binary people, whose invaluable community radio advocacy was - and still is - often ‘behind the scenes’. Heather's project seeks to discover and share the untold stories of the women, trans and non-binary people of Queensland community radio, in the lead up to Radio 4ZZZ's 50-year anniversary. 


2024 Rainbow Research Fellow, Associate Professor Heather Anderson.

2024 Rainbow Research Fellow, Associate Professor Heather Anderson.

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.



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2022 Rainbow Research Fellow, Bianca Martin.

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