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Australian Homosexual Histories Conference 

Friday 13 – Saturday 14 November 2015

In 2015 South Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of gay male homosexual activity, the first Australian state to do so. The Conference will be opened by Peter Duncan, the Attorney-General in the Dunstan Government who introduced the 1975 legislation.

The Conference coincides with the opening weekend of Feast, Adelaide’s Queer Cultural Festival, and will conclude with the Adelaide Pride March and Feast’s Opening Night Party.

We invite you to be stimulated and inspired by participating in the Conference and associated events.

The Call For Papers is available now. Submissions are due by 31 July.

You can Register to attend now, with early bird pricing available until 30 September.


Gaywaves: classic LGBTI radio lives on
at National Film & Sound Archive

Did you know that Gaywaves, Sydney’s first gay and lesbian radio program, went to air in a time when homosexuality was still illegal in New South Wales?

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The program illustrated various aspects of the gay liberation movement in the Australian context through interviews with community representatives, coverage of events such as HIV/AIDS rallies and Mardi Gras festivals, music, talkback, news, current affairs reports and even two radio dramas. Gaywaves also played a global role by sharing stories and content with the internationally distributed US radio program This Way Out.

The NFSA has developed a project to ensure the preservation of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) radio in the national collection thanks to a bequest from the estate of Dietmar Hollman, a former presenter and producer of Gaywaves and gay rights activist.

Dietmar Hollman at the 2SER panel, circa 1987-1989 Published courtesy of 2SER 107.3   NFSA title: 1002527
Dietmar Hollman at the 2SER panel, circa 1987-1989

For more information, visit National Film & Sound Archive


It is now 45 years since the formation of the first openly gay and lesbian groups in Australia.

It took a lot of courage for those first men and women to stand up and not only publically self identify as homosexual but to then declare that they were neither sick nor sinful and to demand that gay male sexual behavior no longer be regarded as criminal.

But, who were they?

Today, two generations on, many of those brave men and women are all but forgotten.

Sydney’s Pride History Group has created this List of Pioneer Names in order to maintain memory of them.

For the most part, the list is based on published sources such journals like CAMP Ink and the Sydney Star as well as the minutes of organisations like CAMP NSW, and on the memories of those who were involved.

Some names have been withheld because we believe membership of their organisations remains sensitive but throughout this List we invite members who may wish to have their names included to contact us.

Conversely, if you wish to have your name removed contact us and we will do so.

This is not a definitive list but the beginning of an on-going project for the Group.


the Hon. Clover Moore launches the Pioneer Names Project 20 June 2015. Image: Scott McKinnon.

The Pride History Group wishes to thank the Hon. Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of Sydney for launching the Sydney LGBTI Pioneer Names Project on Saturday 20 June 2015 at the Stonewall Hotel in Darlinghurst.

We greatly appreciate the continued support of Clover Moore and the City of Sydney Council.


Queer History in the Pub, 13 Oct 2015

Sydney's Pride History Group is pleased to launch our new series of "Queer History in the Pub" evenings with a sports-themed panel.

Come along upstairs at the AB Hotel, 225 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe on Tuesday 13 October from 7pm for a relaxed and fun evening as our panel of great representatives from a range of Sydney sports (soon to be announced) will talk about the role sport has played historically and continues to play in Sydney's LGBTIQ community.

All welcome!

For more information and RSVP, visit Facebook Event

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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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