A chronology of lesbian and gay communities, movements, and venues in Sydney









1960 - 1966























































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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Coming Out Into a Hostile World

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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Australia's First National Coming Out

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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Leichhardt/Dykehardt Exhibition

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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And The Beats Go On...

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.

78ers Honour Roll


1982 Community and activist groups

Please note, these lists were often reprinted for weeks in community publications without updates and may not be accurate. Additions and corrections welcome!




Date listed




Acceptance Sydney

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

First listing December 1979

Acceptance Gay Switchboard

46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

First listing September 1980

ALP Gay Group

Meets Sydney Labor Club

First listing August 1980


Box 30, Hunters Hill

First mention May 1980

Armidale Gay Group (TAGS)


First listing September 1980

Australian Communication

Box 222 Haymarket

First listing March 1981

Australian Free Athletic Association

c/- Gay Centre

First listing June 1982

Australian Free Athletic Association  - Bowling Chapter

c/- Gay Centre

First listing July1982




Boomerangs Social Club

Box 94, Broadway

First listing March 1979

Black, Ethnic and Third World Gays

Uma c/- CAMP

First listing October 1980




Camping Outdoor Group

Easter trip Blue Mts

March 1982


Kim and Warren

First listing October 1980

Clover Business Woman’s Club

“Drummoyne Clubrooms”

“Rozelle Clubrooms”

First listing August 1980


c/- Lesbian Line

First listing June 1982

CPA Sydney, Gay Collective

2 Dixon Street, Sydney

First listing OWN September 1981

Country Network

Box 903, Dubbo

First listing October 1980

Cronulla Gay Group

PO Box 195, Cronulla

First listing 1979

Crossroads (Uniting Church)

Box 184, Punchbowl

First listing July 1982




The Dolphins

Meet at Beresford Hotel

First listing June 1979




Feminist Bookshop

2 Rowntree St, Balmain

First listing September 1980

Fitness Exchange

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

New location October 1981

Friends of Gay Theatre

PO Box 22, Kings Cross

First listing May 1980




Gay Al-Anon

46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

First listing November 1980

Gay AA  Gay Al Anon

51 Holt St Surry Hills

First listing January 1982

Gay Beginners Group of AA

119 Devonshire St, Surry Hills

First listing December 1982

Gay Business Association


August 1981 Election

Gay Car Club

BBQ Cabarita Park

Special events

Gaycare Counselling

Wayside Chapel

First listing November 1981

Gay Community News, Sydney, Collective

Box 380, Broadway

First listing October 1981

Gay Community Services Centre Trust Fund

L21, 44 Market St, City

Set up 5 November 1980

Gay Counselling Service

33a Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe

From October 1980

Gay Left

Box A650, Sydney South

Est 7 December 1980

Gay Liberation Quire

Box 380, Broadway

First mention 27 June 1981.

Gay Philhellenic Society

c/- Gay Counselling

First listing April 1981

Gay Poetics Group aka Gay Poetry and Mysticism Group

Info George and Daniel

First listed Sept 80 – April 81

Gay Rights Lobby

Box 102 Chippendale

Established 16 October 1980

Gay Solidarity Group

Box 380, Broadway. Meets first Thursday each month.

First listing 1979

Gay Task Force

Box 6, Balmain

First listing 1979

Gay Teachers and Students Group

Box 3, Kingsgrove

First listing Aug 1980

Gay Theatre Company

Box 22 Kings Cross

First listing March 1980

Gay Union of Tertiary Staff

Sydney University

First mention August 1980

Gay Waves Collective


First mention March 1980

Girls’ Own

Box 188, Wentworth Building

First mention October 1981

Group 11

Red Cross Hall, Penrith

First listing May 1981




Homosexual Law Reform Coalition


First mention March 1981




International Fellowship for Gay

PO Box 102 Mayfield NSW

First listing March 1981


Box 158, Leichhardt

First listing in OWN September 1981




Knights of the Chameleons

Phone number

2nd formal Ball notice Sept1981

Koornkoo Hikers

Phone contact

First notice August 1982




Lambda Sundowners

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

15 June first social meeting. Over 40s

Leichhardt Women’s Centre

164 Flood St, Leichhardt

First listing August 1980

Lesbian Alcoholics Anonymous

164 Flood St, Leichhardt

First listed in OWN September 1981

Lesbian CR Group

62a Regent St, Chippendale

Listed May 1982

Lesbian Feminists

62 Regent St, Chippendale

Listed August 1980

Liverpool Lesbian Group

273 George Street, Liverpool

First listing 1980

Lesbian Line

Phone number

First listing December 1980

Lesbian Mothers Custody Rights Fund/Lesbian Mothers

Box 6, Balmain

Listing from June 1981

Lesbian Teachers Group

Box 2070 Parramatta North

Listed August – October 1980




Macquarie Uni Gays

Macquarie University

First listing August 1980

Mardi Gras Committee 1982

Box A483, South Sydney

First listing September 1981

Mardi Gras Task Group 1983

Trade Union Club

Listed June 1982;

Mature Lesbians Group

Meets at Women’s Liberation

First listed in OWN September 1981

Metropolitan Community Church

265 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Village Church, Paddington

First listing 1979

Mountaineers, The

PO Box 205 Springwood

First mention May 1980





Clarence Street

First listing May 1980


Village Church, Paddington

First listing November 1980

Northern Rivers Gay Group

Tyalgum, Uki

First listing December 1982




Parents and Friends of Gays

Meets at Friends House, 119 Devonshire Street Surry Hills.

First mention May 1980

Pelican Club, The

Copper Door Restaurant

Perhaps renaming of Central Coast Gay Group. Listing June 1981

Polynesians Social Club

GPO Box 2935

First listing August 1980





At Maxy’s 600 George St; At Majestic 49 New Canterbury Rd, Petersham

First advert November 1980. Maxy’s dropped May 1982 OWN listing

Roo Bike Club, The

Meets Flinders Hotel

First listing July 1980




Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence


First listing August 1982

South Pacific Motor Club

2 Lilyfield Rd, Rozelle

First listing June 1980

Socialist Lesbians

62a Regent Street, Chippendale

First listed June 1982

Stonewall Collective

Box 485, Haymarket

First listing December 1980

Sundowners, The

Box 3, Campsie

First listing March 1981

Sydney Gay Business Association


First listing August 1981

Sydney Gay Centre

51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

First mention October 1981

Sydney Gay Writers Collective


First mention July 1982




Tiara Airlines

Flinders Hotel and the Link

First flight of season 7 August 1982



Forms March 1982





Box 1097, Wollongong

First listing May 1981

University of NSW Gay Society (GAYSOC)


First listing June 1980




Villagers, The

PO 429 Liverpool

First listing March 1980




WEL Lesbian Group

32 Grosvenor St, Sydney

First listed in OWN September 1981

Women’s Healing Centre

119 Trafalgar St, Annandale

First listed in OWN September 1981

Women’s Self Defence Classes

Heffron Hall 6pm Wednesdays

First listed in OWN September 1981

Women’s Space

Wed 8pm 51 Holt Street, Surry Hills

First listed SS 3/12

Women’s Warehouse

Bay 9, 4 Ultimo Rd, Ultimo

First listing August 1980




Young Gays

51 Holt St, Surry Hills

New address October 1981

Zap a Newsagency

Box 380, Broadway

First listing September 1981

Updated: 5 February 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various 1982 gay newspapers and magazines.


1982 Venues

Please note, these lists were often reprinted for weeks in community publications without updates and may not be accurate. Updates and corrections welcome!


Venue Name






Nightclubs, Bars, Discos





7 Flinders St, Darlinghurst


“jockstrap events and athletic nights”


First listing August 1980. Not listed after 25 March 1982.

Capriccio’s aka International Vanities

163 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Tommy Brown

“International style night club, fantastic shows on two floors, good disco and cruising bars.” “Mixed crowds with spunky numbers”


July 1969 – 1982

March 14 1982 fire.

Charlie’s Place

Shop 4, Earlwood Arcade, 363 Homer St, Earlwood

Rodney, Colin, Peter





11a  Oxford St, Paddington




First listed September 1982;

Fantasy Island

150 Alison Rd, Randwick

Merrill Wheeler, proprietor, owner



Opens July 1982

Flo’s aka Flo’s Palace

97 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Roger Claude Teyssedre, Dawn O’Donnell, Alex, Abe Saffron

 “First Saturday Night Fever glass dance floor. Touch of desert camp.”

Gay men, gay Asian men,

1979  - 1983


11 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Leigh Jennings; Nanette; Barry and Ross.

Former site of Les Girls


Opens 9 June 1982. No mention after but appears on “map” until September 1982


11a Oxford St, Paddington

Barry Cecchini, Robert Cook are contacts

Re-opens later in October 1982 as Detour.


First ad September 1982, Closes approximately 10 October 1982

The Fountain

Macleay St, Kings Cross


Vocalist and guitarist



Les Girls

2c Roslyn St, Kings Cross

Abe Saffron

Formerly Carousel Cabaret


First listing September 1980

Midnight Shift

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

John and Brian, David Ross and Nick Lorschy

Fire October 1980

1981 “now wider clientele”

First listing August 1980


33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, Roger Claude Teyssedre, Alex and Abe Saffron

“Sydney’s hottest gay disco”..


From 1976

Pete’s Beat

Crown & Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Langford



First listed May1982; opens? 10 June 1982

Ruby Reds

273 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, Roger Claude Teyssedre, Alex and Abe Saffron

Where Sydney girls meet. Open nightly from 8pm.


1979 – 1982


Strand Arcade, Pitt Street, Sydney


Holds Mr Leather Awards. In October it is open for lunch


First listing March 1980


242 William Street, Kings Cross

Tina, Graham and Abe Saffron



From September 1975

Yvonne’s Place

107 Anzac Parade Kensington




First ad November 1981; closes 30 May 1982







Albury Hotel

6 Oxford Street, Paddington

Leigh Jennings



From 28 July 1980

Apollo Bar (Imperial Hotel)

252 Oxford Street, Paddington


Bar seven nights, restaurant entertainment. Mostly male crowd.


After 1979

Belmore Park Hotel

Mary & Reservoir St, Surry Hills




Opens 7 May 1982

Beresford Hotel

354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.

Barry Cecchini

Macho Levi Crowd


From November 1979

Courthouse Hotel

George & Redfern Streets, Redfern




From October 1982

Criterion Hotel, The

139 Maitland Road, Islington




“Now open” January 1981; first OWN listing September 1982;

Cricketer’s Arms

106 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills


Stumps restaurant upstairs August 1980,


From 1973

Exchange Hotel

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst




From March 1981

Flinders Hotel

63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Peter Brider. Hosts Peter and Mitch



From August 1980

Harold Park Hotel

115 Wigram Rd, Glebe

George and Inga formerly of Candy’s.



Listing February 1982

Honest Irishman Hotel

138 Parramatta Road, Camperdown




From July 1982

Leather Men Only (LMO) back bar (Oxford Hotel)

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst




First listing March 1982

Nelson Hotel

232 Oxford St, Woollahra

Hosts are Jon and Ron

“when you’re tired of the disco beat”


From April 1981

Newtown Hotel

174 King St, Newtown

August 1982 Dawn and Roger Claude deny ‘moving to Newtown’.



First ad October 1982

Oxford Hotel

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Whittle, Licensee



Opens July 1982

Rex Hotel

58 Macleay St, Kings Cross




From 1955. Last listing July 1982

Town Hall Hotel Balmain

366 Darling Street, Balmain



Mixed; Womens Music nights;

First ad December 1981; First listing OWN April 1982

Sussex Hotel



Women’s Disco


OWN May 1982; Not listed October 1982

Unicorn Hotel

106 Oxford Street, Paddington.


Mostly male crowd, bar and restaurant.


From October 1979

Male Saunas/Sex on Premises





253 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Neil Taylor

“Hunky hot men.”


From 1973

Club 80

48 Little Oxford St, Darlinghurst

19 Oxford St, Paddington




First listing August 1980 ; 19 Oxford March 1982;

KKK becomes the Katacombs or KKK Steam

83 - 85 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Ken (Kandy) Johnson

1973 - 1984

Kandy returns in shows in Nov 1980


From 1972. Katacombs May 1982

King Steam

rear 128 Pitt St, Sydney.

Roger Claude Teyssedre and Colin



After June 1980 and closes June 1982

Roman Bath

250 Pitt St, Sydney

David Ross, Nicholas Lorschy

“Relax in the most luxurious and well appointed steam bath in the southern hemisphere.”


1973 - 1988


121 Crown Street, East Sydney. (entry via Crown Lane)

David Lorschy. It is sold in October 1979.

“Open every night from 10pm.”

“Get your ass here and see what the future as in store for it”


From 1977 (TBC); not listed after April 1982;

Bookshops, Galleries




Exiles Bookshop

207 Oxford St, Paddington

Susumu Hirayanagi and Nicholas Pounder

A wide range of gay literature available


Review February 1981

Link Gallery

91 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

David Beschi

Former Link building


Open shortly October 1982

Updated: 5 February 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various 1982 gay newspapers and magazines.


1982 Community events



If not in Sydney


January 1982


The Kings Cross Youth Refuge closes due to lack of funds.

January 1982


The Sydney Gay Writers Collective and its publication inVersions is advertised in the Sydney Star.

January 1982


Lesbian Alcoholics Anonymous lists in the Sydney Star.

January 1982


The Gay Task Force for lesbians and homosexual male activists, lists in the Sydney Star.

January 1982


The Women’s Warehouse lists in the Sydney Star.

January 1982


Women’s Space meetings are listed in the Sydney Star.

January 1982


Five men are discharged from the RAAF over homosexual activities in three separate bases and forced to sign the Official Secrets Act or face gaol.

14 January 1982


A nine member working committee, The Homosexual Law Reform Coalition (HLRC), representing gay groups and businesses designed to co-ordinate the 1982 law reform campaign, is formed at the Gay Centre.

19 January 1982


Terry Goulden resigns from the Gay Counselling Service’s executive and is replaced by Antony Green.

23 January 1982


The Green Carnation Florist is damaged by a suspicious fire.

24 January 1982


Police take two men off the dance floor at Capriccios and arrest them. The two men state that they were bashed, intimidated, threatened and coerced to sign statements.

28 January 1982


The Gay Solidarity Group launches its Rights on Arrest Card at the Heffron Hall.

30 January 1982


One of the organisers of The Party joins with the Albury, Beresford and Flinders Hotels to present Party II.

February 1982


The Chairman of the Military Law Committee announces that the three armed services come under ACT law and this entails that homosexual activities are acceptable if they occur off service premises.

February 1982


Social worker, Garry Bennett begins to develop a Gay Youth Work Program to address juvenile prostitution, youth unemployment and teenage homelessness in Kings Cross and Darlinghurst.

February 1982


Barry Cecchini is issued with a Function Licence for the Mardi Gras Party at the AMP Pavilion at the Sydney Showground.

2 February 1982


Craig Johnston steps down from the Gay Rights Lobby. Barry Charles and Robert French are the new convenors.

3 February 1982


The first meeting of the Free Olympic Association is held at the Sydney Gay Centre.

5-11 February 1982


The Australian Film Institute holds a gay film festival in honour of Vitto Russo’s book The Celluloid Closet.

18 February 1982


The Crimes (Homosexual Behaviour) Amendment Bill is moved by Barrie Unsworth MLC in the NSW Upper House. The Gay Rights Lobby and the Homosexual Law Reform Coalition call for the defeat of the Bill.

27 February 1982


8000 people and 31 floats take part in Mardi Gras led by the HLRC – theme: On Our Way to Freedom. Robert French launches the Parade which begins at Town Hall Square and proceeds to the Showgrounds via George, Liverpool, Oxford and Flinders Streets and Anzac Parade.

28 February 1982


Two men are detained by police in the Bottoms Up Bar of the Rex Hotel as intoxicated persons. Note: In October 1982 the NSW Ombudsman finds they were unlawfully detained.

March 1982


The Gay Counselling Service publishes the 1982 Sydney Gay Guide.

March 1982


Garry Bennett announces that the Kings Cross and Darlinghurst youth project has been named Twenty-Ten. It will support young gay kids in the area.

March 1982


Juan Davilla painting, Stupid as a Painter, is seized from the Biennale exhibition at the NSW Art Gallery by the Vice Squad for its explicit gay content.

March 1982    



The Board of Social Responsibility of the Uniting Church in Australia supports the legalisation of consenting adult male homosexual acts.

March 1982


The Oxford Weekender News (OWN) quotes an anti-gay law reform pamphlet by Dr Jean Benjamin, the NSW Medical Women’s Society President, advocating quarantining homosexuals from society.

March 1982


Club 80 moves to the 19 Oxford Street, Paddington. The previous premises will be revamped and opened as a “key only” style heavy leather venue.

9 March 1982


The Gay Rights Lobby (GRL) and the HLRC hold a public meeting and report on the results of lobbying against the Unsworth bill.

14 March 1982


International Vanities (Caps) is heavily damaged by a fire that breaks out in the top floor dressing room.

15 March 1982


Charges against Robert Lovett arising from an incident at Flo’s Palace in February 1980 are dismissed by an Appeals Court.

16 March 1982


600 – 800 demonstrate against the Unsworth Bill outside Parliament House. OWN 500 Protest 18/3/82 and OWN Kiss Protest 18/3/82

16 March 1982


The Homosexual Law Reform Coalition NSW holds a public meeting at Paddington Town Hall to protest against the failure of law reform.

25 March 1982


The OWN republishes a 1981 NY Times article about a rare cancer infecting gay men – Kaposi’s Sarcoma.

28 March 1982


The Chameleons Social Club holds the Gala Debutante Ball at the Sydney Hilton Hotel Ballroom.

30 March 1982


Vigil for Equality is held outside State Parliament.

31  March 1982


Barrie Unsworth’s Crimes (Homosexual Behaviour) Amendment Bill is defeated by five votes in Lower House.

April 1982


The Gay Counselling Service publishes Gays and their Families.

9 April 1982


The Camping Outdoor Club announces an Easter trip to the Snowy Mountains.

22 April 1982


The Homosexual Law Reform Coalition convenes a meeting at the Gay Centre to discuss the next steps for law reform. It expands from a working party into a council with delegates elected from NSW lesbian and gay groups.

22 April 1982

San Francisco

A US District Court judge rules that a gay foreigner’s sexual orientation can no longer be grounds to deny entry to the US.

23 April 1982


Philip Chown, convenor of Gaysoc steps down.

24 April 1982


The Campaign Against Repression is formed in response to the forthcoming visit to Australia by Jerry Falwell of the US Moral Majority.

May 1982


Gay activist Max Pearce gains ALP pre-selection for the federal seat of Wentworth.

May 1982


The idea of a local Gay Rights Lobby Group is discussed.

May 1982


Kings Steam Bath in King Street in the City closes prior to re-location.

7 May 1982


The Belmore Park Hotel on the corner of Reservoir and Mary Streets Surry Hills opens.

10 May 1982


The 1983 Mardi Gras Committee is elected – Brian McGahen, Shane Mangan, Brett Collins, Lance Gowland, Philip King, Barry Power, Allan Deith and Dee Bergmon (the first woman on the Committee).

14 May 1982


Katacombs, the new look Kens Karate Klub opens.

21 May 1982


The first issue of The Star incorporating the Melbourne Star and the Sydney Star is published.

23 May 1982


A 500 strong rally for Campaign Against Repression against Jerry Falwell is held inside the Ryde Civic Centre.

30 May 1982


Yvonne’s Place in Kensignton closes. Yvonne had been involved with the 60s Karingal Social Club, the Mosaic Club and the Peak nightclub.

June 1982


Gay activist, David James, has a photographic exhibition at Watters Gallery.

9 June 1982


The Albury Hotel owners launch The Forum Disco at 11 Oxford Street, Paddington.

10 June 1982


Pete’s Beat Bistro Bar, a Peter Langford venture opens at the corner of Oxford and Crown Streets, below where the Ox used to be.

11 June 1982


A new venue, After the Pubs opens at 11 Oxford Street, Paddington.

12-14 June 82


The Australian Labor Party (ALP) State Conference supports homosexual law reform and anti-discrimination.

13 June 1982


The Royal Arts Ball is held at the Paddington Town Hall as a fund raiser for the Australian Free Athletic Association (Gay Olympic Team).

15 June 1982


Lambda Sundowners holds the first of their social nights for the over 40s.

26 June 1982


A Stonewall Week exhibition opens at the James Harvey Gallery in King Street, Newtown.

29 June 1982


The Gay Rights Lobby (GRL)’s booklet, Homosexuality: Myths and Facts, is launched by Don Dunstan at the Sydney Gay Centre.

July 1982


Merrill Wheeler’s Fantasy Island venue opens at 150 Alison Road, Randwick.

1 July 1982


GSG pickets in Blacktown against the homophobic local member John Aquilina.

3 July 1982


Stonewall Gay Pride Day is held with a rally and parade starting in Belmore Park, a concert in Hyde Park and a cabaret at Leichhardt Town Hall.

6 July 1982


Male: A group exhibition is held at the James Harvey Gallery.

7 July 1982


Socialist Lesbian meetings at Women’s Liberation House are listed in The Star.

16 July 1982


Discrimination and Homosexuality report by the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board is released.

16 July 1982


The Midnight Shift re-opens. The owners are Stuart, Terry and Jim.

16 July 1982


The Oxford Hotel opens. Peter Whittle is the licensee.

19 July 1982   


A group supporting homeless gay youth, Twenty-Ten, holds its first meeting.

27 July 1982


A public meeting at the Sydney Gay Centre calls on the NSW Government to implement the recommendations of the ADB’s report Discrimination and Homosexuality.

29 July 1982


Twenty-Ten takes steps at its AGM to establish the organisation as a charity.

5 August 1982


The OWN runs a blurb announcing the Gay Army (AGARM) – a “fighting force, fighting for your rights and welfare, against people like Fred Nile …”

7 August 1982


Trans Internal and Rebel Airways (TIARA) holds its 1982 Outrageous Tour with proceeds going to the Australian Gay Olympics team.

10 Aug 1982


HLRC representatives meet with Carmel Niland, the new President of the Anti-Discrimination Board. She is optimistic that the recommendations will be adopted.

12 August 1982

San Francisco

A restraining order is placed on San Francisco Arts and Athletics Inc barring their use of the word “Olympic”.

12 August 1982


The local Trades Hall Council passes a resolution calling on the State Government to repeal anti-homosexual laws and extend the Anti-Discrimination Act to include homosexuality.

12 August 1982


The NSW Corporate Affairs Commission after rejecting the new name for CAMP Inc – Gay Counselling Service of NSW - and finally accepts “Gays Counselling Service of NSW”.

13 August 1982


Barry Cecchini announces the purchase of the Newtown and the Milton Hotels in Newtown by him and his partners.

19 August 1982


The US gay comedy Mass Appeal is staged at the Ensemble Theatre.

26 August 1982


A gay rights rally in Sydney Square demands the implementation of ADB recommendations. The Anglican Church tries to prevent its use of the Square. OWN 22/8/82

26 August 1982


A motion by the Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employee’s Association (ATAEA) to have the NSW Labour Council support the ADB report’s recommendations, is overwhelmingly defeated.

28 August 1982

San Francisco

The first Gay Olympic Games (sic) is held at Kezar Stadium. 1,500 athletes from 12 countries attend. Bob Goldsmith from Sydney wins 17 of the 21 medals won by Australia.

31 August 1982


The first Star ad appears for the regular gay night at the Majestic Rollerrink at 49 New Canterbury Road, Petersham.

September 1982


Becoming Visible: Lesbians and Male Homosexuals – from Oppression to Liberation, an exhibition from South Australia is shown at the Liverpool Centre in Liverpool and the Sydney Gay Centre.

3 September 1982


The Koornkoo Hikers bush walks are listed in The Star.

3 September – 5 September 1982


The 8th National Homosexual Conference, themed Building the Gay Movement is held.

9 September 1982


A rally and march are held in the city in support of amendments to the Anti-Discrimination Act.

9 September 1982


Lettuce Cutlets by Barry Lowe and the first production of the Hullabaloo Theatre Co, opens at the Bijou Room, Balmain Town Hall Hotel.

18 September 1982


The first big party for the summer is styled as the Sydney Sleaze Ball. It is held at the Paddington Town Hall where 500 had to be turned away and $3,000 - $4,000 is raised for the next Mardi Gras.

18 September 1982


The Gown of the Year and the Ninth Empress of Sydney Awards are held at the Kei-Ron Hall. Lex Watson is crowned Empress.

24 September 1982   


The Centre for Disease Control (CDC) adopts the term Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome – AIDS.

25 September – 4 October 1982


The 1982 Mandala Spring Festival for gay men is held.

October 1982 


The first case of AIDS in Australia is identified – an American at St Vincents Hospital.

October 1982


The Gay Solidarity Group lodges a submission with the Broadcasting Tribunal for its hearings into the licence renewal for Radio 2GB arguing that the Fred Nile program contravenes broadcasting standards.

October 1982


The Gay Solidarity Group and Roberta Perkins of the Transsexual Association protest the court decision that transsexuals are still legally male.

October 1982


The Sussex Hotel lists its Saturday night discos in The Star.

October 1982


The Link moves into the old Thomas Dixon Funeral building at 251 Crown Street, Surry Hills.

October 1982


The Courthouse Hotel, at the corner of Redfern and George Streets Redfern become a gay friendly venue with a Saturday revue Sky and the Jury Girls.

1 October 1982


A new gay feature film,Breaking Through is premiered at the Melbourne State College.

8 October 1982



The Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees Association and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and the Adelaide Trust sign an agreement providing bereavement leave for employees living in an established gay relationship.

14 October 1982


Allan Deith writes a feature for the OWN – “Mystery disease kills U.S. gays” It is called either acquired immunodeficiency disease (AID) or gay-related immunodeficiency disease (GRID). (see also 24 September 1982) OWN 14/10/82

20 October 1982


The State Parliamentary Labor Party agrees to amend the Anti-Discrimination Act to outlaw discrimination on the ground of homosexuality.

23 October 1982


The Gay Business Association’s Gay Fair is held at the Shannon Reserve, Crown Street, Surry Hills.

23 October 1982


The fifth Annual Fancy Dress Ball of the Family is held at the St Ives Showground and Pavilion.

November 1982


The Sydney Gay Writers Collective publishes their first Australian anthology of short stories.

November 1982


The Mardi Gras Committee receives a grant of $6,000 towards the cost of paying artist Peter Tully and an assistant for six weeks. 

November 1982


HQ 47 advertises as a gay venue in The Star.

November 1982

San Francisco

The city’s Board of Governors passes a law which gives official recognition to gay couples, so that they have the same rights as married couples.

1 November 1982


The Flinders and Beresford Hotels are refused an application by the City of Sydney Council to the closure of Hills Street linking the two hotels to accommodate excess NYE crowds.

4 November 1982


The Hullabaloo Theatre Co present There Are Fairies At the Bottom of the Garden at the Balmain Town Hall Hotel.

7 November 1982


The 8th Annual Polympics is held at St Johns Park, Fairfield.

12 November 1982

San Francisco

Musician and record producer, Patrick Cowley, dies aged 30.

17 November 1982


Beach Boys, a male escort agency is raided by the police and it owner, John Innes is charged.

18 November 1982


GSG is granted status in the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal to challenge Fred Nile’s homophobic statements on Sydney radio station, 2GB.

23 November 1982


A rally is held at Parliament House to support ADB recommendations to ban discrimination against homosexuals.

25 November 1982


A discussion Gay Liberationists and the Gay Community is held at Heffron Hall.

26 November 1982


The NSW Anti-Discrimination Act is amended to include Homosexuality after the adoption of a Government Bill moved by Premier Neville Wran.

27 November 1982


A general meeting of the Australian Free Athletics Association is held to discuss irregularities in the accounts of the Association.

December 1982


Peter Binder, licensee of the Flinders Hotel announces his hotel is granted midnight closing on Sundays.

December 1982


The manager of the Exchange Hotel, Chris Liston, announces renovations to its three bars -The Saddle Tramp, the Ragtime Follies and the Spanners.

9 December 1982


Detour Bar, formerly Four AM at 11a Oxford Street opens. It is a venture of Leigh Jennings and “Gerard”.

15  December 1982


The Defence Force Discipline Act passes the Federal Parliament, outlawing sexual activity between gays in the Services from December 31 1982.

21 December 1982


A public meeting on the rise of gay bashings is held at the Gay Centre.

31 December 1982


I’m Gunna Party a NYE party, is held at the Cattle Pavilion at the Showgrounds.

Updated: 4 October 2015