Alternative Name(s): Button

Plastic-coated metal badge featuring a pink triangle and white butterfly, inscribed 'COME OUT!'. Manufactured by Patrick Bros, Melbourne.

Part of a Museum Victoria collection documenting the material culture of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities in Victoria. In 2005 the Museum joined with the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and the State Library of Victoria to conducted a survey of GLBT material culture in public and private collections in Victoria. Refer Kate Davison (2006), Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Material Survey: Project Report 2006.

Physical Description

Circular, plastic coated metal badge with black, pink and white. The background is black and has pink wrinting and a pink triangle with a white butterfly over the top. The metal on the back is rusted but the pin is intact and the manufacturer's name is visible.


Badges like these are commonly distributed and worn by protestors who take part marches, blockades and other public campaigns relating to legislation, Government policy, or community attitudes. They are often produced by political lobbying groups, and are worn on the day of the protest and afterwards, while the campaign is still current. Sometimes they are supplemented by posters, T-shirts and banners, and other ways of communicating the message.

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