Oral History Collection

  1. MG Queer Thinking - Feb 22
  2. SPI History Walk - March 1
  3. 78'ers MG Float - March 7

Queer Thinking 2015

The History of Anti-LGBT Violence in Sydney

The Sound Lounge, Seymour Centre
Saturday 22 Feb - 3.10pm to 3.50pm

A panel discussion that will explore the history of anti-LGBT violence in Sydney. The discussion will be chaired by Dr Scott McKinnon and the panel will be comprised of leading historians of sexuality in Australia, as well as people whose lives have been touched by violence in some way.

The discussion will include a range of issues related to the history of anti-LGBT violence, covering a time period from colonial Sydney until today. Subjects of discussion will include violence at beats, at LGBT rights demonstrations and in the queer spaces of the city.

Guests: Scott McKinnon (Oral History Project Coordinator, PHG), Robert French (President, PHG), Thomas Lynch, Sophie Robinson, and Garry Wotherspoon.

To Book, visit the Mardi Gras Website

SPI History Walk

Sunday March 1
Meet at Green Park - 10am

The first SPI History Walk was held in 1989 from Circular Quay to Riley Street.

The 26th Walk will be held on Sunday 1 March commencing at Green Park at 10am, again assisted by the Pride History Group. It then will proceed down Oxford Street. Come along and re-live and reminisce about the great days of the Golden Mile.

SPI History Walk

78'ers MG Float

Mardi Gras Parade
Saturday March 7, 2015

Calling any SEVENTY EIGHTERS who wish to join us at this year's Sydney G&L Mardi Gras Parade... there WILL also be seating for us after our float to watch the Parade.

To join the 78'ers Float, please send an email to Steve warren -- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Everyone else please cheer us on... thanks!!

Coming Out into a Hostile World

Australian society in the late 1960s was hostile to homosexuals or, at least, its institutions were. The Law treated gay men as criminals who could be locked away for 14 years for the “abominable crime of buggery”, and the police were active in trying to prosecute them.

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Australia's First National Coming Out

Francesca (Chesca) Curtis's television appearance on The Bailey File, a Melbourne-based current affairs programme on commercial television TV's Channel 9, in May or June 1970, speaking about the aims of the Australian Lesbian Movement was arguably Australia's first "coming out" in the media.

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Leichhardt/Dykehardt Exhibition

Homosexual/transgender social groups began forming in the early 1960s in Sydney. They offered membership of a discreet “camp” organisation. Their dances provided the perfect stage for Sydney’s new amateur drag scene to flourish and a place for men and women to meet up and find Miss or Mr Right – at least for the night. In the Leichhardt area, there was no shortage of public halls for these groups.

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And The Beats Go On

Male homosexual acts are no longer criminal in NSW – the law was amended in 1984, and ‘gay’ men can live quite open lives, with a range of venues where they can socialize in ways similar to their heterosexual counterparts. Also, the two worlds now softly collide, with gays and straights mixing together quite easily in many places in Sydney’s inner suburbs.

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78ers Honor Roll

The following people participated in the first Mardi Gras and/or the related events . While every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, the list could include errors and omissions. Some names are also likely to be the arrestees' aliases.

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Monday March 16, 2015 - 6.30pm


2015 General Meetings

April 20, May 18, June 15

2015 AGM - July 20

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

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We are a not-for-profit community history group run by volunteers.

We aim to ensure the rich contribution made by members of the LGBTIQ community are not forgotten or erased from the broader historical record 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 through our books, history walks, and community talks.

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