Emotional tribute held to lesbian couple convicted for holding hands
A beautiful tribute has been held in honour of two women who were convicted for holding hands on a tram.
The women were apprehended in Melbourne, Australia, for what was dubbed ‘obscene behaviour’ in 1976.
Four decades on, a group of women with the Celebrate Ageing group organised an event in their honour, in which they all held hands on trams in Melbourne.
Catherine Barrett, organiser and director of Celebrate Ageing, said the event was “amazing.”
She added: “We had 20 lesbian elders board the tram, and a group of LGBTI community members come to send us off.
“We also had a number of straight folks who heard about the project and wanted to come along to show their support.
“This was very moving and brought a number of us to tears.”
Some of the women were still nervous about holding hands in public, despite the vastly different era they live in.
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