LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Francesca Curtis and Phyllis Papps
Papps and Curtis were important members of Australia’s first known homosexual rights community – The Australasian Lesbian Movement (ALM). Through ALM they'd supported women to ‘come out’ in the ultra-conservative early '70s. They'd host club meetings in their home, take in women who’d left their husbands or been rejected by family, and host mixer drinks for women to start dating. Throughout their lives, they advocated for the lesbian community, worked with the Gay and Lesbian Archives, and helped women from the ground up.
Photographer: Michelle Dunn