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Australian Pioneer Activist Graham Carbery passes away

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One of Australia's most active and engaged community members has sadly passed away.Vale Graham Carbery (14 January 1947-5 July 2017)

In a statement from the Australian Gay and Lesbian archives, Graham Carbery was honoured for his services to the entire community.

 

Vale Graham Carbery (14 January 1947-5 July 2017)passed Vale Graham Carbery (14 January 1947-5 July 2017)

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the death of Graham Carbery, teacher, activist, VFL senior umpire, and archivist and historian for the gay and lesbian community. While Graham was an important gay liberation and law reform activist from 1972 onward, most notably with groups such as the Gay Teachers and Students Group and the Homosexual Law Reform Coalition, his legacy is the extent and longevity of the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives, which he founded and committed much of his life to for the past 40 years. Graham is survived by his partner of 45 years Gary Jaynes, and our thoughts and love are with him, his family and friends.

On behalf of the ALGA Committee.

He shall be sorely missed.

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Gay Rights Activist Awarded Queensland Senior Australian of the year

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Gay rights advocate Shelley Argent OAM was awarded Queensland Senior Australian of the Year 2011 for her commitment to making Australia a place where gay people have the same rights and respect as others.

In 1998, Shelley’s son told her he was gay and, determined that he not be treated like a second class citizen by society, she has devoted herself to encouraging understanding and acceptance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. The 60 year old from The Gap in Brisbane started out donating her time as an education volunteer with the QLD AIDS Council before becoming involved in Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG).  Shelley is now the President of PFLAG and the organisation’s spokesperson. She has also written a series of educational booklets for families of gay people.

Source: AustralianSenior.com

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