1. Gay Sydney: A History
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Gay Sydney: A History
Garry Wotherspoon

Congratulations to Garry Wotherspoon whose book "Gay Sydney: A History" has been shortlisted for the University of Southern Queensland History Book Award, part of the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards.

Along with Rebecca Jenning's nomination in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards for her new book, Unnamed Desires: A Sydney Lesbian History (Monash University Publishing), Garry is the second Pride History Group member to be nominated for a major history prize in 2016.

Garry Wotherspoon’s Gay Sydney: A history is an updated version of his 1991 classic, City of the Plain: History of a Gay Sub-culture, written in the midst of the AIDS crisis.

In this vivid book Wotherspoon traces the shifts that have occurred since then, including majority support for marriage equality and anti-discrimination legislation. He also ponders the parallel evaporation of a distinctly gay sensibility and the disappearance of once-packed gay bars that have now become cafes and gyms.

This book also tells the story of gay Sydney across a century, looking at secret, underground gay life, the never-ending debates about sex in society and the role of social movements in the ’60 and ’70s in effecting social change.

"Gay Sydney: A History" is out now from NewSouth Publishing and available at The Bookshop Darlinghurst. 

Pride History Group's
New Committee for 2016-17

Pride History Group's new committee for 2016-17.
Our new team (left to right) is James Worner (Treasurer), Shirleene Robinson (committee), Scott McKinnon (President), Sophie Robinson (Vice President), Gay Egg (committee), Mark Gillespie (committee), and Gary Schliemann (committee).

The idea of having a community LGBTIQ history group was raised during the 30th anniversary of Australia's first national Pride Week in 2003 and was initially mooted as an archival working party within the PRIDE organisation. The working party idea was never adopted by PRIDE and the Pride History Group backed away from the ambitious idea of creating a Sydney LGBTIQ archive. It then devoted itself to getting "the history" out into the community with a history web site, publishing booklets and creating a professional oral history recordings collection.

The outgoing Committee continued the Group's engagement with the community during 2015 - 2016 with its first "Queer History in the Pub" event, a Pride Week forum, a Fair Day stall, the on-line publication of sodomy court cases (Unfit for Publication), the Pioneer Names Register, and researchers' access to its oral history collection. It has also substantially boosted its on line chronology of LGBTIQ Sydney between the years 1979 - 1991.

The efforts of the Committee has resulted in greater community interest in our history with record numbers now attending its monthly meetings.

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Next General Meeting
Monday 17 October -- 6.30pm

2016 General Meetings
21 Nov, 19 Dec (TBC)

Members and visitors are invited to our meetings at St Helens Community Centre, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (yellow meeting rooms next to Benledi)


Welcome to the Pride History Group

We are a community history group which collects information about Sydney's LGBTIQ past.

Although members of the GLBTIQ community have made rich contributions to Sydney life, many of these contributions have been forgotten or erased from the broader historical record. We aim to correct these omissions by unearthing, recording and preserving material that relates to LGBTIQ people in Sydney's past. 

We also like to engage the broader community with the material we collect. Some of the ways we have done this include books and community talks.

We are a voluntary organisation with members who meet monthly (become a Member), and we are always keen to hear from people who would like to be involved and help us to record and preserve Sydney's LGBTIQ histories, please contact us.

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