Star Observer has been setting Australia’s LGBTI agenda since 1979, with a long and proud history of independent journalism.
We have 200,000 loyal readers who embrace our publications, which include a popular news website and social media channels, as well as our monthly Star Observer publication.
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From the early days of Mardi Gras, through the AIDS crisis, to the battle for marriage equality, Star Observer has been there providing in-depth and independent journalism about the issues facing the LGBTI community.
Our story started in 1979. It was a time when homosexual sex was a criminal act, with people being jailed simply for being gay. Sydney’s gay and lesbian community was reeling from vicious police attacks during the city’s first Mardi Gras protest march. A wave of political momentum was building demanding equality and justice for LGBTI Australians.
In this dangerous time for our community, the very first edition of The Star was printed and distributed across Sydney by our founder Michael Glynn.
Throughout its history, the Star Observer has taken the form of a weekly Sydney-centric newspaper, sister publication the Melbourne Star, a monthly national magazine, and has included publishing festival guides for LGBTI festivals around Australia as well as a Gay Scene Guide magazine highlighting what’s on in the queer scene in Australia’s major capitals.
Alongside this, we have maintained a major national Australian news website with a significant social media audience.
Until 2019, the Star Observer operated as a not-for-profit, community-owned organisation, before it was purchased by the newly formed Out Publications, part of the AltMedia publishing umbrella.
The Star Observer has gone back to its roots in the tabloid newspaper format for a special issue celebrating the publication’s 40th anniversary, with new issues to be published and distributed in Sydney and online on a monthly basis.
We have built an international reputation for fearless reporting, independent from the influence of any politician or corporation. We are the news journal of record for the LGBTI community, and have been since our founding.
To find a copy of the Star Observer, you can find a list of our distribution venues, which is in the process of being updated to reflect new distribution patterns, here. You can also read our issues online here.