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Badge - 'Aids Candlelight Vigil Melbourne', 1992 Object Reg. No: HT 23142

Summary:
Circular badge with yellow candle against white and purple background. Commemorates the 1992 AIDS Candlelight Vigil in Melbourne.

Collected during the 2005-2006 Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay Transgender Collections Survey, a joint project between Museum Victoria, State Library of Victoria and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives.

According to the National Association of People Living with AIDS, the Vigil began as an impromptu march by gay men in San Francisco on 2 May 1983, along the route gay rights activists had used to protest the 1978 murder of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to be elected to public office in California. The men carried candles in memory of those who had died. They were joined by hundreds along the way in a show of support. The march protested inaction by the government, indifference of the media and public homophobia. Before the end of that year, memorial marches and ceremonies had begun to spread around the world. In Australia, the date for Candlelight Vigils was changed from the international day in May to 1 December - World AIDS day - principally due to weather, according to Colin Krycer (for many years organizer of the Candlelight Vigil and AIDS Quilt ceremonies in Melbourne).
Description:
Circular badge with white and purple background, white inscription and yellow vertical bar with flame on top, resembling candle. Silver metal, plastic-coated, with safety pin fastener attached through two holes in back.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Peter Campbell, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 55 mm (Diameter)

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Tagged with: death mourning, acquired immune deficiency syndrome aids, lesbian gay, making history - gay lesbian collection
Themes this item is part of: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Project, Museum Victoria, 2005-2006, Cultural Diversity Collection, Medicine in Society Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: CELEBRATIONS & TRADITIONS
Secondary Classification: Death & Mourning
Tertiary Classification: commemoration
Inscriptions: Printed on front: 'aids / CANDLELIGHT VIGIL / MELBOURNE 1982'.
References: Kate Davison, 2006. 'Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Material Survey: Project Report 2006' NOTE: DUE TO A PROGRAMMING FAULT, THIS APPEARS AS 'GOVERNMENT REPORT' WHEN LINKED. EMU IS ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM; National Association of People Living with AIDS web site http://napwa.org.au (accessed 8/1/2009); William Keys Anderson, 2002. Fever hospital : a history of Fairfield Infectious Diseases Hospital; Australian AIDS Quilt website http://www.aidsquilt.org.au/history.php, accessed 8/4/2009

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