The earliest Gay Lib meetings in 1972 took place at Melbourne University.
By the next year Gay Lib had moved to a rented house in Carlton and then by 1973 had moved to the room in Brunswick Street Fitzroy pictured here, above Chris Sanders’ pottery studio. In the 1970s Brunswick Street was much less cool and expensive than it is now, but was then the middle of a Bohemian student working class area. Recollections of the Brunswick Street Gay Liberation Centre headquarters vary, some describe it as Bohemian, others described it as a ‘rats nest’.
Gay Lib sub-groups and consciousness-raising groups would also hold meetings at different places around Melbourne, usually centred in the inner-Northern suburbs of Carlton and Fitzroy close to Melbourne University, and often taking place in shared houses.