The NSW Government has announced that LGBTQI+ museum Qtopia will have a permanent home in the former Darlinghurst police station.
NSW Arts Minister Ben Franklin took advantage of the opening of WorldPride to announce the Government would create a central space for Qtopia to recognize queer history and celebrate diversity.
“I am so proud to announce that tonight the NSW Government will ensure that Qtopia, a museum dedicated to telling our stories, will have a permanent home in the old Darlinghurst Police Station,” he said.
The museum’s location is significant to Sydney’s queer community as it was one of the sites for the first Mardi Gras protest in 1978.
The protesters, now known as the 78ers, took to the streets to support and celebrate New York’s Stonewall movement while demanding an end to the criminalization of homosexual acts and discrimination against the gay community.
Demonstrators were attacked and thrown in jail; many have been charged.
The initiative to recognize this part of Sydney’s history was supported by Sydney Member Alex Greenwich.
“This announcement liberates a dark place for the LGBTQ community and transforms it into a place for reflection and celebration,” said the independent MP.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/nsw-government-promises-permanent-home-for-qtopia-museum-20230224-p5cnij.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national Qtopia to get home to Darlinghurst Police Station