Rob – Never a Crime

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Rob: My mask is about my life. Have had an assorted life. Had a few bugs but turned them upside down. Now my life is golden with a flutter of glitter. Hence a feather in my cap!

Pride to me means that I can be myself. I am proud to be me.

My mask is about my life. Have had an assorted life. Had a few bugs but turned them upside down. Now my life is golden with a flutter of glitter. Hence a feather in my cap!

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Joe – Never a Crime

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Joe: My mask shows that pride is hard fought and won

Pride is being able to say I am trans. Pride is not a given, it is something we individually and collectively struggle for. Pride is individual, pride is political, pride is the hope for a life and world without shame and stigma.

My mask shows that pride is hard fought and won

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Luke – Never a Crime

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Luke: My mask represents a person needs a sense of humour to survive

Growing up, society told us to feel shame about who we are and the feeling we have. What an amazing gift from gay men and women that they built a community and a body of art and a theoretical framework that says to people like me “You don’t need to feel shame – be proud instead.”

My mask represents a person needs a sense of humour to survive.

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George – Never a Crime

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George: Just a proud femme walking down the street

To me pride is to be free. To feel safe to stand outside and feel the sun on my face. To walk down the street on a crisp winter morning. Pride is feeling the beat of the music and just letting go. It’s safety to explore and the thrill to grow. Its having a community that holds you up and celebrates you for being you.

My mask: Just a proud femme walking down the street

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Working with Switchboard Vic

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In 2018 we opened up the Never A Crime Pride workshops to all members of LGBTIQ communities. As part of a Community Grant provided by City of Melbourne we hosted a workshop for Switchboard’s Out and About Program. The workshop included LGBTI Elders and volunteers. We had so much fun – and powerful conversations about Pride. We loved that a number of LGBTI Elders who attended came into the workshop from residential aged care. Thanks for the wonderful work you do Switchboard Victoria. Thanks Lisa White, The Social Photographer for the powerful photos. And thanks to the City of Melbourne for the resources to make this project happen.

 

 

 

Rod White – Never A Crime

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Pride means to be able to walk in public with confidence and head held high. To be able to say ‘I’m a gay man’ in conversation with strangers. To listen to and acknowledge the journeys travelled by the elders who have paved the way for this life we lead

My message to men who were unjustly convicted is thank you for paving the way to allow for the lives we lead. Keep telling your stories even to those who don’t listen. Your stories are part of our history.