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The brilliant 'Gay-B-Cs' of Sydney, Australia

Words by Abi Scaife

Amy Blue, a queer artist from Petersham, has created some utterly stunning art pieces celebrating the queer history, and gay legends, of Sydney. 

Nicknamed the ‘Gay-B-Cs’ of Sydney by the artist herself, this collection of illustrations has been created to decorate Oxford Street in Australia,

"I wanted this collection of illustrations to capture a snippet of some of the people and events that have illuminated Oxford Street throughout its brilliant and colourful history," Amy told

Who is on the illustrations?

A huge amount of people and places from queer history are included in the illustrations.

Some of those depicted include Doris Fish, a Sydney drag queen from the 1970s, the Unicorn Hotel and Black Ada's dance school, which was a front for a gay dance club in the 1920s and 30s.

What else is there to see?

Plenty of gay slang and other illustrations are included - from ‘voguing’ to art of various fruits, the illustrations are bright, colourful depictions of the history of LGBTQIA+ people in Sydney.

This article aligns with the UN SDG Reduced Inequalities.

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