Hume Phoenix was founded during the mid 1990’s as an amalgamation of two smaller local support groups under the guide of Albury Community Health.
It quickly grew into a large group that covered a lot of Southern NSW and North East Victoria. In the early days, we were very active in the political scene for GLBTIQ rights, raising our own funds in order be involved in the early Mardi Gras celebrations.
The group also had a very strong support network for people who had contracted the HIV/AIDS virus and thus channelled its energy into promoting health messages amongst the community.
Our members, historically speaking, were often hidden away from the general public. Twenty years ago it certainly wasn’t cool to be gay, very few people were brave enough to stand up and show who they really were to the world.
Those who did were often persecuted for it.
However, as time moves on, and community groups such as Hume Phoenix stand up for the rights of their community, the world has become a much more accepting place and people are no longer afraid to be who they are.
There is still a way to go to full equality however Hume Phoenix will continue to be the voice for equality in the Albury-Wodonga region.