WaitingforEquality is an exhibition that brings together archival and contemporary material to focus on LGBTQI+ history, as it has emerged in the city of Newcastle.
Until now, LGBTQI+ history and culture has received very limited attention in the form of public exhibition, particularly outside capital cities. The exhibition is an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate this history and culture, focusing on the development of LGBTQI+ rights and the historically significant moment in December 2017 when same sex marriage was legalised throughout Australia. The passing of the bill has been seen as a watershed moment for equal rights within Australia and was the outcome of decades of campaigning by the LGBTQI+ community.
WaitingforEquality has developed out of an interdisciplinary research project by Dr James Bennett, Professor Marguerite Johnson, Dr Kcasey McLoughlin and Dr David Betts at the University of Newcastle and in conversation with LGBTQI+ community groups in the region.
The WaitingforEquality Project is generously supported by a bequest from the late Mrs Janet Copley.