The WESTANDPROUD Project
WESTANDPROUD documents the lived-experiences of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (GLBTIQ) individuals living in Melbourne’s western region. The project’s focus is on but not limited to the Hobsons Bay Local Government area. WESTANDPROUD aims to expand understandings of local history, by incorporating the voices of GLBTIQ people, who have often been excluded from traditional narratives. The project is about celebrating pride, visibility and diversity.
Little is known about the past and current lives of GLBTIQ people in the western suburbs. WESTANDPROUD aims to address this knowledge deficit and shed light on attitudinal changes over time and impacts of local, state and federal initiatives.
WESTANDPROUD documents this history through a series of short films which showcase the lives and stories of prominent and everyday GLBTIQ individuals living, working, studying or socialising in the west.
WESTANDPROUD also serves as a historical archive of queer life in the west.
Project Launch and Rainbow Crossing Event Midsumma 2014
As part of the GOWEST Midsumma Program in 2014, the WESTANDPROUD archive project was launched on Thursday 30 January. Alongside the launch, the project held a community art project with the official opening of a rainbow crossing in Altona, a first of its kind in Melbourne's west. The rainbow crossing symbolised a metaphor for 'crossing over' to acceptance for the whole community to experience. The painting of the crossing was documented through time-lapse photography, ensuring the message has a lasting impact, long after the event. The rainbow crossing remained intact for two months following the event.