A public meeting held in Melbourne in May 1997 identified the need for a rights lobby to represent the interests of the Lesbian, Gay and Transgender communities.

A unanimous resolution was passed at that meeting calling for the establishment of a steering committee to propose a model for a Victorian Rights Lobby for Lesbians, Gay men, and Transgender people.

In October 1997 a steering committee presented a report to a public meeting which proposed a model for a Victorian Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL). This model was accepted, and 21 days later the VGLRL held its first annual general meeting, elected a management committee, adopted the rules of association, and began the process for incorporation.

Those involved in the steering committee included:

Alanna Duffy

Andrew McDonald

Braith Bamkin

Danny Sandor

David Gray

Deborah Dempsey

Dolf Boek

Geoffrey Conaghan

Greg Adkins

Greg Axton

Greg Brown

James Robinson

Janet Jukes

Julie Peters

Max Leorke

Monica Ferrari

Penny Byrne

Peter Di Sciascio

Peter Maroudas

Robert Pearce

Joseph O'Reilly (facilitating the full-day workshop).

The ALSO Foundation provided financial support by granting a community development small grant of $500.00 which covered the expenses associated with the public meeting.

The Melbourne Star Observer (MSO) provided a community grant to help with advertising for the new Lobby organisation (when it is established).

And GLAD money was utilised, being held in trust for such a group, after receiving support from David Owen and the VAC/GMHC and the ALSO Foundation.

The Victorian AIDS Council/GMHC allowed the use of their support resources including meeting rooms, contact address/fax/phone messages, and administration support.

The Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (VGLRL) was officially incorporated on 29 December 1997.

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