The LGBTIQ+ community has been calling for the establishment of the Qtopia museum for a long time. Recently, a temporary Qtopia Sydney opened as a part of Sydney World Pride. NSW Labor wants to support a legacy from World Pride and we will give Qtopia a permanent home.
On the morning of Mardi Gras and in the midst of World Pride, NSW Labor announced that we will give Australia’s first queer museum, Qtopia Sydney, a permanent home by investing $3.85 million to make it a reality. QTopia was set up in 2021 – to tell the stories and history of LGBTQIA+ in NSW and to help provide education programs, raise awareness and break down barriers and stereotypes.
The centre’s future remains uncertain beyond 18 March.
That’s why NSW Labor will provide funding to enable the former Darlinghurst Police Station to become Qtopia Sydney’s permanent home. The former Darlinghurst Police Station has a controversial and difficult history associated with harassment and treatment of the LGBTQIA+ community.
Repurposing the former police station for the Qtopia Sydney museum will memorialise the past struggles and achievements of the LGBTQIA+ community in an honest way, while also being a place of respect and inclusion for all.
Under the plan, Qtopia will take possession of the site and carry out refurbishments to enable the site to host permanent and temporary exhibitions that explore and celebrate the LGBTQIA+ community.
The site will be retained in NSW Government ownership with Create NSW administering the funding.