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Badge - 'International Aids Candlelight Vigil', Melbourne, 1991 Object Reg. No: HT 23145

Summary:
Circular black badge with shape of candle formed from white line, with white and orange flame. Inscribed 'International Aids Candlelight Vigil', it was made for the 1991 Melbourne Vigil.

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 black badge with shape of candle formed from white line that also runs around edge. Candle has orange and white flame. Inscription in while line around edge.
Silver metal, plastic-coated, with safety pin fastener adhered to back.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Peter Campbell, 2005
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 54 mm (Diameter)

More information

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: 'MELBOURNE 1991 / INTERNATIONAL AIDS CANDLELIGHT VIGIL'. Stamped on reverse: 'MELBOURNE PATRICK BROS'.
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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