1. Gay & Lesbian, Then & Now - Book Launch
  2. pridePOD
  3. Gay Sydney
  4. Gaywaves
  5. LGBTI Pioneer Names Register

Please join our President Shirleene Robinson, along with co-author Robert Reynolds, at the launch of their new book Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now: Stories from a Social Revolution on Wednesday 1st June at Glebe Town Hall, 160 St Johns Road, Glebe. 6pm for a 6.30 start.

The book will be launched by the Hon Alex Greenwich MP, the Independent Member for Sydney.

We hope to see you there and celebrate this important new addition to lesbian and gay history in Australia. The official invitation is attached.

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Gay and Lesbian, Then and Now - Australian Stories from a Social Revolution... Book Launch



New for 2016 is our series of history podcasts. Hear from historians and members of our community describe what it was like to socialise in the 1950s and 60s, the first Gay Mardi Gras in 1978, and much more. 

These first hand accounts promise to bring Sydney’s vibrant LGBTIQ history alive for younger generations.

Visit: pridePOD on SoundCloud

Gay Sydney: A History

Garry Wotherspoon

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.  

‘The original and the best.’ DAVID MARR

To Purchase, visit: https://www.newsouthbooks.com.au/books/gay-sydney/ 


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?

Gaywaves Logo

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.

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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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