Qtopia Sydney

Qtopia Sydney

(Community Recognition Statement, 11 May 2022, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)

On behalf of the Sydney electorate, I commend QTOPIA Sydney, the volunteer group working to establish a safe and inclusive space that will celebrate, remember, educate and increase awareness of the rich history of Sydney's LGBTQIA+ community. Former High Court Justice The Hon. Michael Kirby and publisher and broadcaster Ita Buttrose are patrons for the group. It aims to celebrate LGBTQIA+ history, educate the wider community, promote an inclusive culture and work towards financially viability. QTOPIA hopes to have an interim LGBTIQA+ museum in Oxford Street to operate during Sydney WorldPride 2023. I've met with QTOPIA representatives and committed to support their project, including advocating for the government to allow access to the former Darlinghurst Police Station, which has symbolic power as the place where those arrested at the first significant gay rights rally in 1978 were taken. Many have said they want an LGBTIQA+ museum or keeping place and it is great to see there is now a group they can help make this a reality. I commend QTOPIA Sydney for their work to recognise Sydney's LGBTIQA+ history, acknowledging the civil rights achievements and work for equality still to be done.

Let's work together to celebrate and protect our great city!

 

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