June sees the celebration of Pride Month – a time to recognise and celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer and asexual (LGBTIQA+) community and to reflect on progress that has been and is still yet to be made. To mark the occasion, we are sharing some new photographs in our collection, taken at 2022 Pride events held in Adelaide and Perth.
Jiayuan (Tyr) Liang is a photographer dedicated to documenting contemporary cultural activities, events and festivals across all regions of Australia. This collection of photographs were taken at the 2022 Feast Festival Pride March in Adelaide. They illustrate and reinforce the importance of Pride events in bringing people together and strengthening community ties.
Philip Gostelow is a Perth-based photographer, filmmaker and illustrator whose photographic career has allowed him to work extensively internationally and in Australia. This collection of photographs were taken at the 2022 Perth PrideFest Parade. They capture the community spirit and activism that go hand-in-hand at so many Pride events, while also documenting and celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community.
It’s easy to be swept along by the colourful costumes, choreography and celebrations at Pride events. Beyond the sequins and glitter, it is important to remember that Pride events have a foundation in activism and protest and still carry these roots at their heart. Many positive steps towards recognition and equality have been achieved, but the work is ongoing and Pride events remain important vehicles for highlighting issues and campaigning for change.
You can read a Pride Month blog we published in 2022 that explains the history of Pride Month and explores some of the collections that the Library creates and cares for as part of the ongoing work to record and represent stories of LGBTQIA+ Australians.
As part of this continuing work to collect stories of LGBTQIA+ people and to document social change, the Library commissioned several photographers to capture some of the events at Sydney WorldPride 2023. These photographs will soon be made available online.