Darwin Queer History Walking Tour

By Brown's Mart presented as a part of Sugarbag

Discover Darwin’s queer past with a history walking tour with Dr Dino Hodge.

Starting at Lyons Cottage, we’ll learn about the secret same-sex desires of European explorers and wartime servicemen, see where a flamboyant social scene emerged in the post-war years, paving the way for gay community organisations, visit the first office of the AIDS Council to recall the challenges posed in the 1980s by HIV, and pause at Brown’s Mart where theatre shows in the 1990s celebrated the lives of lesbians and gay men. Finally, we trace the steps of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence who in 1992 exorcised from the Parliament the homophobia then preventing the safe passage of anti-discrimination legislation. The good Sisters set the pace for later law reforms based on equality!

These tours are presented by Brown’s Mart as part of Sugarbag, and are companion events to His Own Special Friend at Brown’s Mart on June 1

Photograph of 4 people walking in a march holding up signs

4.30pm 31 May & 2pm 2 June

Walk Start Location: Lyons Cottage, 74 The Esplanade, at the corner of Knuckey Street
Walk End Location: Supreme Court, State Square, Level 6, Darwin City

Duration: 80 minutes, no interval. We recommend you bring a hat and water bottle.
Production note:
This event is a walking tour across multiple locations outdoors.
Content warning: discussion of historical and current day attitudes, laws, and events impacting LGBTQI+ individuals, and as such will discuss potentially triggering topics such as sex, sexuality, homophobia, transphobia, racism, violence, and colonisation.
Access: Not all stops of this walk are wheelchair accessible. There are some stairs and uneven walking surfaces.
Pay What You Can: If ticket price is a barrier for any Brown's Mart show, please contact Sophia at ceo@brownsmart.com.au to discuss price options to match your circumstances.

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