Vale: Francesca Curtis
Francesca Curtis & her partner Phyllis Papps became the first lesbians to come out on national television in Australia.
Francesca Curtis, who made history when she appeared with her partner on This Day Tonight, has died aged 90.
In October 1970, Curtis and her partner Phyllis Papps became the first lesbians to come out on national television in Australia.
Appearing on the ABC program Curtis and Papps gave television viewers a glimpse into their life as a lesbian couple. At the time male homosexuality was illegal across all Australian states, but there was no laws mentioning women.
Earlier this year the couple shared their story in the documentary Why Did She Have To Tell The World?
“Francesca Curtis, the first lesbian woman to appear on Australian television and our sincere friend, has passed away on the 24th December 2021 at age 90. We are sending all our thoughts to her lifetime partner Phyllis Papps, friends, family and all that knew her. We feel so privileged to be able to share her story and her friendship,” the filmmakers said.
“Francesca’s humour, courage and kindness will never be forgotten.
“Her never ending fight for equality and acceptance will carry on and always inform the younger generations. Rest In Peace Francesca, you will always be with us.”
Curtis is survived by Phyllis Papps, her partner of more than 50 years.
You can read more on the couple here.
Source: Out in Perth