On September 10, 2017, thousands turned out for a rally in Brisbane’s CBD in support of marriage equality. The Brisbane Marriage Equality Rally was in response to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, a national survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to gauge public support for the legalisation of same-sex marriage. Same-sex marriage would be legalised later that year on 9 December.
A collection of 58 photographs and film footage from this rally can be viewed online.
Shayne Wilde was an active member of QAGLR (Queensland Association for Gay Law Reform) and the Pride Collective in Brisbane during the 1990s, as well as being involved with numerous other community and activist groups. Shayne's extensive collection (14 boxes to be precise) contains a plethora of materials including papers associated with QAGLR (Queensland Association for Gay Law Reform) and ACGLR (Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights), t-shirts, posters and other ephemera.
This collection can be requested and viewed onsite at State Library.
Robert Cosgrove Collection 1976-2006 
This collection includes photographs, hat pins, ticket stubs, a necklace, theatre programs, 2 T-shirts and a Mardi Gras outfit. It presents a picture of LGBTIQ+ history through the lens of ephemera and costumes belonging to Robert Cosgrove.
Discover LGBTIQ+ memorabilia
Help others find our LGBTIQ+ collections! You can request to look through boxes of our ephemera, posters and other collections. Let us know what’s in the collection that relates to LGBTIQ+ communities and we will update our catalogue records to increase discoverability.
Collection of posters on gay and lesbian themes. Set 1.
As the title indicates, this collection contains a variety of colourful posters from various events, including rallies, Pride Week celebrations, dance parties and more. This collection can be requested and viewed onsite.
Additional LGBTIQ+ themed posters can be found in other collections, such as the AIDS Archive collection.
In 2010, a series of interviews were conducted as part of the LGBT Lives: Oral Histories project to create a permanent record of LGBTQI+ history in Brisbane. The audio files from several of these interviews are now available to listen to online.
In this recorded oral history, one of Queensland's best-known political activists Greg Weir discusses his involvement in a number of civil liberties movements and as one of the central organisers of the campaign for gay law reform. Listen to Greg's story online.
Things to read
Produced by the Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, back issues of this newsletter from 2005 onwards can be viewed online.
The John Oxley Library recently received a wonderful donation of memorabilia from the pressure group, Equal Love Brisbane, relating to the Marriage Equality campaign. It is timely that in 2014, the 10 year anniversary since the amendment to the Marriage Act and a significant year of action for the group, that material has been donated to State Library.
In preserving the history of Queensland's LGBTQI+ communities, State Library of Queensland has developed a fascinating collection including photographs, recorded oral histories, posters, t-shirts, flyers, magazines and more. Here are some highlights from our collection.