Gordon Doak comes out during Gay Pride Week.
Gordon Doak, a gay man from the Western Suburbs, ran eight miles through the suburbs of Sunshine and Tottenham to City Square for a Gay Liberation demonstration.
He famously carried a banner that read 'I am proud of my homosexuality. Please change the repression against homosexuals and let us live in peace'.
First Lesbian Mayor of Williamstown
Geraldine Schutt elected as Councillor for City of Williamstown, she also served as the first female Mayor of Williamstown.
Disco on skates runs in Footscray, it later moves to Sunshine.
The City of Werribee is served by a gay Mayor.
2000s to present
Gay/drag nights at the Commercial Hotel
The Commercial Hotel in Yarraville has a long history of having gay and drag nights and is considered perhaps the most iconic GLBTIQ venue in the West.
In 2010 the GOWEST logo was initiated by Hobsons Bay City Council as a part of the Midsumma Festival. GOWEST brings together local organisations and artists to support, represent and celebrate the GLBTIQ communities of Melbourne’s West.
Hobsons Bay GLBTIQ Community Forum
In addition to the events held for Midsumma, a GLBTIQ community forum was held in Hobsons Bay with over 90 people in attendance.
The forum aimed to give voice to the GLBTIQ community and identify how Council could better support and advocate for the GLBTIQ community. The findings of the forum were summarised in a document entitled Supporting Queer Culture in the West; and included recommendations to be rolled out over a three year period.
GLBTIQ Advisory Committee
On 17th May 2010, Hobsons Bay City Council resolved to endorse the terms of reference for a GLBTIQ community advisory committee and called for public nominations for members. The committee's goals' include informing Council of the needs of the GLBTIQ community within Hobsons Bay, assistance in developing policy, and evaluating existing Council services.
GOWEST at Midsumma
GOWEST holds 10 events as part of Midsumma Festival, including a film screening, an art exhibition, a sailing day, and a rainbow families story time.
GOWEST takes part in its first ever Pride March together with neighbouring western region Councils' community and staff.
Gay and Lesbian Access to Social Sports (GLASS) established
Victoria University in Footscray established the GLASS student club, a social sporting group for (though not exclusively) gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students at Victoria University.
They regularly organise a range of sporting activities in a friendly, supportive and inclusive environment.
Yarraville's Sun Theatre hosts a selection of Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) highlights in conjunction with Maribyrnong City Council.
This event has since continued in 2012 and 2013.
GLBLTIQ Western Region Councils' Working Group
As a result of the Hobsons Bay GLBTIQ community forum, Hobson Bay City Council formed the first GLBTIQ Western Region Councils’ Working Group.
The group was established as a platform for information sharing and actions on GLTBIQ community issues of importance in the councils of Hobsons Bay, Brimbank, Melton, Wyndham, Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley and Melbourne.
First Intersex Mayor
Tony Briffa was elected as the world’s first openly intersex Mayor in the City of Hobsons Bay.
Tony is a long time GLBTIQ community supporter and advocate Councillor.
Midsumma Opening Carnival
GOWEST took part in Midsumma Festival’s opening Carnival for the first time by hosting a stall.
Over 120,000 people attended the Carnival.
GOWEST hosted approximately 12 events including trivia, cabaret, rock-climbing, croquet and more.
International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) Flag Raising
Hobsons Bay was one of four Melbourne Councils that marked International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) with the raising of a rainbow flag outside the Council's Altona offices, flying it alongside the Australian and Indigenous flags.
IDAHO began in 2004, and is recognised on 17th May each year due to being the date that the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the list of mental disorders in 1990.
With an increasing number of events and involvement each year, GOWEST in 2013 hosted 19 events as part of Midsumma.
Events in 2013 included ghost tours, writing and storytelling workshops, a youth dance party and more.
WESTANDPROUD Project Commenced
A partnership between RMIT and Hobsons Bay City Council is formed to develop WESTANDPROUD - a project that documents the lived-experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, intersex and queer (GLBTIQ) individuals living in Melbourne’s Western Region.
GOWEST holds 21 events during Midsumma, ranging from burlesque, ghost tours, sailing and dance parties to the WESTANDPROUD project launch and a rainbow pedestrian crossing.