I feel like being a lesbian in Melbourne couldn’t be easier. There’s a reason why Melbourne has been voted one of the best places to live worldwide. Not only is it a beautiful city, but it is also home to a large and diverse community, including many members of the LGBTQ community. Melbourne welcomes and celebrates diversity year round.
Zoey and I had the privilege to live and work in Melbourne for 10 months. We lived in an amazing household with 7 other people from different places around the world. Finding someone who will rent a room to a couple is difficult in itself, so you can imagine our worry looking for someone who would rent a room to a lesbian couple. We thought it would be a problem but it wasn’t, not even a little. The viewing went great and they asked us to move in as we shared a beer with them at 11am. Everyone made us feel welcome straight away. Within a few days we days, we felt like part of the family. I honestly think our love for Melbourne started as soon as we walked into that house.
There’s always this scary anticipation when it comes to telling new people about your sexuality, it feels like you’re coming out of the closet yet again, waiting for their reaction in suspense. Well, it wasn’t like that this time, it was just easy. We felt extremely comfortable being ourselves around our housemates and their friends. We never felt like we had to hide our relationship or pretend it didn’t exist. We felt welcome and accepted 100% of the time.
Like I said, diversity is celebrated in Melbourne. There are a variety of festivals that take place every weekend at Federation Square in which many celebrate the LGBTQ community. Here are a just few:
- Midsumma Festival
- ChillOut Festival
- Melbourne Queer Film Festival
- Bendigo Queer Film Festival
- Spring Migration Festival
There are also many gay and lesbian bars or places that do “gay nights” or “lesbian nights.” Zoey and I never really went out to bars because Australian bars were a bit out of our budget so we don’t have any personal experience here. We did however check out SUNDAYLICIOUS which is a monthly LGBTQ event that attracts mostly lesbians. It’s really fun and a great place to meet other lesbians.
When you’re in a new city, the aim is always to have fun and befriend like-minded people. You’ll find this to be really easy in Melbourne. Even in our workplace, Zoey and I ended up becoming best friends with our coworkers, which also happened to be LGBTQ. We also found that it was very easy to find other lesbians and queer people in general. For example, Zoey worked at a restaurant where half of the staff was LGBTQ and my two workplace besties were both LGBTQ as well. Honestly, everyone loves and embraces the rainbow in Melbourne.
Overall, I’d say being a lesbian couple traveling and living in Melbourne was an amazing experience. Personally, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced more love and acceptance and I am so thankful to all of the people we met and especially to our beautiful housemates. Our Melbourne queer experience was EXTRAORDINARY!