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What period of gay history would you like to discuss first?

The fifties and sixties - before Stonewall
9 (50%)
Early Gay Liberation 1969 - 1975
2 (11.1%)
Political awakening 1975 - 1981
0 (0%)
The onset of AIDS 1981 - 1996
6 (33.3%)
Post Protease Inhibitors 1996 - Present
1 (5.6%)

Total Members Voted: 14

Voting closed: February 24, 2007, 01:59:08 AM

Author Topic: Gay History -- How We Got Here  (Read 345885 times)

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Re: Gay History -- How We Got Here
« Reply #1575 on: July 15, 2019, 03:44:58 PM »
What does this mean...non-paper note?

Is there a non-paper £50 note and a paper one?



They are gradually introducing polymer banknotes. So far we have new £5 and £10 notes. Several countries already have polymer notes.
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« Reply #1576 on: July 15, 2019, 11:48:08 PM »
Sorry not gay history but I must inform
Modern polymer banknotes were first developed by the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and The University of Melbourne. They were first issued as currency in Australia during 1988 (coinciding with Australia's bicentennial year). In 1996 Australia switched completely to polymer banknotes. Other countries that have switched completely to polymer banknotes include: Brunei, Canada, New Zealand (1999), Papua New Guinea, Romania and Vietnam. The latest countries to introduce polymer banknotes into general circulation include: the United Kingdom, Nigeria, Cape Verde, Chile, The Gambia, Nicaragua, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Maldives, Mauritania, Botswana, São Tomé and Príncipe, North Macedonia, the Russian Federation, Armenia, Solomon Islands, Egypt, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Samoa.

The news about the UK £50 note is great.

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« Reply #1577 on: July 16, 2019, 12:30:27 AM »
Very well covered on our Evening National News

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« Reply #1578 on: July 16, 2019, 01:33:04 AM »
That’s good to know, Brian.
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« Reply #1579 on: July 24, 2019, 07:34:22 AM »
With Number 96, Australia brought queer people to TV decades before anyone else

Once upon a time Australian TV led the world in shattering LGBT taboos—with the world’s first regular gay character in 1972, followed by a trans character and gay kiss

During last month’s 50th anniversary celebration of the Stonewall riots, many historians looked at how the modern gay rights movement influenced pop culture.

We learned about music, books and cinema which reflected societal progress—but nothing brought LGBT representation into lounge rooms better than television did. And no country was quicker to do it than Australia, through 1970s nightly TV series that presented the world’s first gay couple (fully accepted by and integrated into their community), transgender character (played by a transgender actress, Carlotta) and gay kiss. Why then, does Australia never get credit for these world-first milestones?

America’s first gay kiss didn’t happen until 1991 on LA Law. Ellen then came out on her self-titled sitcom in 1997, and the following year Will and Grace became a huge hit. Over in the UK, they are so proud of Anna Friel’s gay kiss on Brookside in 1994, it was replayed for the whole world during London’s Olympics Opening Ceremony. Other key moments include Coronation Street’s first transgender character Hayley (played by cisgender actress Julie Hesmondhalgh), and 2000s game-changing series Queer As Folk—also remade by the US.

Australian TV, however, had shown all of those things first, and more than two decades before the rest of the world.

It all started in 1972 when the country, in the midst of its sexual revolution, got hooked on a new prime-time TV drama/soap opera called Number 96—set in a small, four-storey block of flats at 96 Lindsay Street in inner Sydney, hence the title—which was launched with the infamous tagline: “Tonight, Australian TV loses its virginity.”



David Sale, the creator of Number 96, remembers talking about a gay character with producer Bill Harmon who said, “Sure, but give me homosexuality without any deviation.” That led to the groundbreaking character of law student Don Finlayson (Joe Hasham), above. The Hon Justice Michael Kirby, who was a law student himself back then, watched the “amazing, challenging” series from night one.

“The gay character was not ashamed of himself, he was talented,” writes the former High Court Judge in his foreword to David Sale’s autobiography Number 96, Mavis and Me. “Everyone in the apartment block looked to him for wisdom, calm and leadership. I have always thought this presentation of a gay hero to a mass audience did more for the acceptance of sexual minorities in Australia than all the solemn speeches of judges and professors or the worthy talk programs on the ABC.”



The show ran five nights a week for five years, with 1218 episodes, and featured a multi-racial cast, had frequent nude scenes (some full frontal), a gang rape, adultery, drug use, racism and a long-running gay male relationship that drew no particular interest from any of the show’s other characters—the world's first to include a portrayal of a gay couple fully accepted by and integrated into their community.

Cast members were amazed to learn the show was screening in some overseas countries (Bettina Welch reported back at seeing it dubbed in Italy) but despite a short late night run in Toronto, the content was far too explicit for the US and UK networks of the day.

The first 584 episodes were produced in black and white, and switched to colour when it was introduced in Australia in 1975.



https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2019/jul/15/number-96-to-the-box-when-it-comes-to-sexuality-australian-tv-showed-it-all-well-before-anywhere-else



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