The Pride History group will be holding a workshop on Wednesday April 16 to talk to lesbians from the Marrickville Council area, to gain information on the past and present nature of lesbian life in the inner west.

Pride history representative Sandra Mackay said the group was looking for a diverse range of stories and participants.

We are interested in the everyday lives of ordinary lesbians who have lived and worked in the Marrickville municipality, she said.

This project is not just about looking at the GLBT rights movement or collecting stories of politically active lesbians. We want to hear from older women but also from young women, because after all, what we did last weekend is now a part of lesbian history.

The Marrickville Local Government Area has had a long history of lesbian bars, which we want to talk about at the workshop. Perhaps more importantly though there is a high concentration of lesbians living in the municipality and we want to explore why this is so. Do lesbians live here for economic reasons? Because of friends in the area? Or is it because it is okay to be different here?

Our goal is to get the lesbians who come to the workshop to share their stories and to talk about their sense of belonging, or lack thereof, in the Marrickville community.

The Pride History group has run a number of workshops over the years and people have found them interesting. How succesful they are depends a bit on who comes and what they want to get out of it, or put into it. But we would like to get as many women involved as possible.

Pride History Group workshop, Wednesday April 16. Petersham Town Hall amenities room. 107 Crystal St Petersham. 6pm – 8pm.

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