ALGA Name Change consultation ‘Discussion Forums’ 2019

As you may know The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives has started a name change consultation process as announced at our 2018 AGM.

The first step in this process has been to collect written responses through an Online Survey, and we have successfully collected hundreds of responses and canvassed a broad range of community perspectives through the process

The second step involves a series of Discussion Forums being held across Melbourne to enable the community to come together in conversation to explore the name change in more detail. There are three forums in total. The format for each will centre around small discussion groups, to encourage all attendees to have their voices heard. 

The sessions are scheduled for:

Friday 20 September 1-3pm              Kathleen Syme Centre, 51 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053

(please allow extra time in travelling to this session due to the ‘Extinction Rebellion’ protest in the CBD.)

Saturday 21 September  2-4pm        Hares and Hyenas, 63 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

How to Attend:

You must register your interest to attend by rsvping to Please use ‘Discussion Forum’ in the subject heading and in the email which session you would like to attend.

There is a limit of 35 people per session.

Following the Discussion Forums, the ALGA Committee will collate all of the outputs from the Online Survey and the Discussion Forums into a written report. This report will present the feedback that has been gathered through our consultative process and we will then make recommendations about the next steps involved in this process

For those outside Melbourne who may wish to have the opportunity to discuss the process further please email us at and we will arrange someone from the Committee to contact you.

Here is the link to the ALGA name change survey:

Background to the name change  

Here is a little bit of history for you about our name:

In 1978, when the Archives was founded, it was named the Australian Gay Archives.

In 1991 the name was changed to the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives (ALGA). The 1991 change was felt to be more reflective of the identities within the community. 

In the last few years It has been suggested by some members and supporters that the name – ‘Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives’ (often referred to as ALGA) needs to be more inclusive of the broader LGBTIQ+ communities.

Why now? Well, in 2018 ALGA celebrated its 40th Anniversary – a fantastic achievement and as a community archive that actively collects materials from the broad diversity of our LGBTIQ+ communities the time is right. Our holdings have included bisexual and transgender material since our foundation, and we are increasingly receiving intersex, non-binary, brotherboy, sistergirl, and third gender multicultural material. However, few people are aware of these diverse holdings, and we regularly receive commentary from the community and members about the dissonance between our holdings, our collecting aims and our name.

2019 is the right time to enter into this name consultation and check in with people about how they feel about the name of this amazing organisation and whether or not it accurately reflects both who we are also the communities we represent.

ALGA will be engaging with members, supporters, volunteers and wider community in the coming months to hear their thoughts, suggestions and concerns about a potential name change. Any outcome of this consultation will then be taken to an AGM for consideration. Please note that at the end of this process ALGA may decide not to change the name. Or, we may decide to change our name. We really won’t know until the end of this process. To be clear – the outcome has not been decided as it will be based on the feedback that we get during this consultation process.

Thanks so much for being part of this process and your on-going support of the Archives.


ALGA President on behalf of the ALGA Committee

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