Lapel Pin - World Aids Day, circa 1990s Object Reg. No: HT 5114

Alternative Name(s): Badge

Enamelled metal pin comprising black outer circule and inner shape of pink/red ribbon, with pin at top. Inscribed 'WORLD AIDS DAY'. Produced for an Aids Awareness Campaign. Manufacturer unknown.

World Aids Day was founded in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise public awareness about HIV/AIDS issues, including the need for support and understanding for people living with HIV/AIDS and for continued education and prevention initiatives. The World Aids Day organisation describes the red ribbon as 'an international symbol of AIDS awareness. It is worn by people all year round, and particularly around World AIDS Day, to demonstrate their support for people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. It is also a symbol of commitment to challenge the stigma and prejudice surrounding HIV/AIDS.'

Museum Victoria holds a collection documenting the material culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in Victoria. In 2005 the Museum joined with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the State Library of Victoria to conducted a survey of GLBT material culture in public and private collections in Victoria. Refer Kate Davison (2006), Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Material Survey: Project Report 2006.
Circular enamelled metal pin with a black coloured outer ring and a red ribbon motif in the centre. Aside from the ribbon motif the centre parts of the pin are cut out, leving three small apertures. The pin on the reverse has a small safety stud.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Ms Delsha Rees - Museum Victoria Human Mind & Body Program, 2001
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 2.9 cm (Diameter)

More information

Tagged with: 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, Medical Ephemera Collection
Primary Classification: MEDICINE & HEALTH
Secondary Classification: Public Health
Tertiary Classification: health campaigns
Inscriptions: 'WORLD AIDS DAY' in silver on ring.
Date Made: 1988-2001

Date range based on foundation date of World Aids Day and date of donation.
Other Association (See Comments): World Health Organisation

The World Health Organisation is the organisation behind World Aids Day.
References: World Aids Day web site (accessed 7/1/2009)

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