Lesbians on the Loose

Lesbians on the Loose

This exhibition is a timeline of lesbian representation and reporting by the long-running, lesbian owned and staffed publication Lesbians on the Loose, now known as LOTL and an international online podcast. 

Published for more than 30 years, it was started by Frances Rand and Jackie Sherer. It has covered political and social change since 1990, including the coming out stories of the local and the famous, and topics such as parenting, adoption, IVF, breast cancer and other important issues from a lesbian perspective. 

It has also celebrated lesbian events and the rise of drag king culture, First Nations stories, representation on television and the ways lesbians adopt and shape certain aspects of popular culture – from trips to IKEA and Bunnings to the perfect haircut. 

From the everyday to the large upheavals and legal changes that have impacted Queer lives, LOTL has shared the story, allowing us to showcase a series of covers across its history alongside access to the complete LOTL archive. 

The publication has played a crucial role in the lesbian community, providing a platform for sharing stories, experiences and activism. It continues to evolve and adapt to the changing times and needs of its readership, including its regular podcast. 

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