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

1988 Community and activist groups and organisations



Date listed




Acceptance Sydney

15 Francis Street, East Sydney

Listed December 1979; Move October 1987.

AIDS Council of NSW

68 Sophia Street, Surry Hills

February 1985

Al-Anon Gay Support Group

33 Wellington Street,


Ad January 1987

Albion Street Clinic

332 4000

March 1985

Albury Social Club

Albury Hotel

Forms January 1987. Folds February 1988

Amazons Lesbian Touch Football Team

698 5749

Listed August 1987


PO Box 98, Enmore. Suite 3, 224a King Street Newtown

Mentioned May 1980


150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

May 1985

Antibody Positive Support Group

150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Apri 1988

Armidale Gay Society (TAGS)

PO Box 581, Armidale

Listed 11 May 1983

Australian National Sports Association

PO Box 433, Coogee

Listed March 1988




Bathurst District Gay Society

Box 762, Bathurst

Listed July 1988

Blue Mountains Triangle

Box 216, Blackheath

Listed December 1988

Bobby Goldsmith Foundation

PO Box 97, Darlinghurst

Mention July 1984;

Bobcats Lesbian Touch Football Team

PO Box 667, North Sydney

Listed July 1986

Body Positive

Paddington Green Hotel

Mention 1986. Winds up March 1988

Boomerangs Social Club/Group

Box 429, Darlinghurst

Listed March 1979




Castaways Social Group

POP Box 857, Parramatta

June 1985

Clover Businesswomen’s Club

122 Victoria Road, Drummoyne

Listed August 1980

Coastal Connections

PO Box 259, Toukley

Newly formed November 1984

Community Support Network

PO Box 97, Darlinghurst

Formed at meeting June 1984

Country Network

PO Box 448, Kingston ACT

Listed October 1980

Cronulla Gay Group

PO Box 195, Cronulla

Listed 1979




Day Centre Foundation

PO Box 703, Darlinghurst

Mention November 1987

Is this Miatraya DC”

The Dolphin Motor Club

PO Box N13, Petersham North;

Listed June 1979




Eagle One

745 3190

Listing November 1988

Enola Gay


Signature 1988




The Family

PO Box 479, Leichhardt

Ad for Fancy Dress Ball

September 1985

Fitness Exchange

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

New location October 1981

Flamingo Society

Box R47, Rhodes

Listing January 1988

Flix Club

Paul 516 4140

Listed June 1988

Four Seasons Social Group

PO Box 1654, Coffs Harbour

Listing November 1985;

Freelance Bowling League

c/- 13/35 Roslyn Street, Kings Cross

Listed April 1983

Friends of PWAs

150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Listed December 1988





319 2799

Ad May 1984;

Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Established 4 September 1986

Gay and Lesbian Arts Association

Performance Space, Cleveland Street

Launched 22 August 1988

Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service of NSW

33 Wellington Street,


Name change ?1986

Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Union Box 63, UNSW

Listing July 1986

Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force

GPO Box 416, Sydney

May 1985; renamed July 1987;

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby


Forms 21 April 1988

Gay Consultation of the ADB

11th Floor, Legal and General House, Bent St

Listing July 1986

Gay History Project

Merewether Building University of Sydney

Article June 1988

Gayline (GLCS)

02319 2799

Ad January 1987

Gay Men for Nuclear Disarmament


Signature to letter January 1988

Gay Radio Information News Service (GRINS)

PO Box 380, Broadway

Listed July 1984

Gay Rights Lobby


Signature January 1988


Majestic Rollerrink

Listed January 1988

Gay Solidarity Choir


Mentioned June 1988

Gay Solidarity Group


Signature January 1988

Gay Waves Radio


Mentioned March 1980

Gay What’s On

699 6320

Listed July 1986

Gay West Social Group

799 5140

Listed November 1987

Gays Against Racism

PO Box C232 Clarence Street, Sydney

Listing January 1985

Gemini Social Club

PO Box 328, Alexandria

Mention February 1986. Canterbury group




Harbour City Amateur Wrestling Club

Box 433, Coogee

Listed July 1988

Homecare Service of NSW

Contact local branch

Listed March 1988





33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Listed 16 May 1983

Inner West Connections

799 5140 Ashfield

Listing November 1988

Inside Out

PO Box 380 Broadway

Listed 13 October 1983




Knights of the Chameleons

PO Box 43, Cammeray

Listed September 1981

Koornkoo Walkers

PO Box 369 Clarence Street, Sydney

Listed January 1985




Lambda Ministeries

PO Box 897, Bondi Junction

Listed July 1988

Lesbian and Gay Caucus ACOA

5th Fl 245 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Listed July 1986

Lesbian and Gay Men’s Anti-Violence Group

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Has started meetings next 3 June 1987

Lesbian Ethics Workshop

Everyone’s Health Centre, 164 Flood Street, Leichhardt

Started in 1987

Lesbian Line

Everywomen Health Centre

Listed January 1985

Lesbian Network

PO Box 215, Rozelle

Listing November 1988

Lesbian Space Collective

PO Box 247, Rozelle

Listing November 1987

Lesbians Everywhere Support Group

PO Box 667, North Sydney

Listing November 1985

Lightning 2000

PO Box 504, Turramurra

Listed as new social group May 1987




Miatraya Day Centre



Metropolitan Community Church of the Good Shepherd

15 Francis Street, East Sydney

Listing February 1988

Metropolitan Community Church of the Southern Cross

St Lukes, Regent & Margaret, Redfern, then 5A Raglan St Waterloo

Mention May 1986

Metro Public TV

UHF 31

Listed December 1988

Mitchell Area Gay Society

Box 762, Bathurst

July 1986




New Tradition Dancers

Heffron Hall, Darlinghurst

Listed January 1985

Northern Rivers Gaywaves


Listed again June 1988

Northshore Voluntarians

PO Box 483, Chatswood

Ad May 1984





PO Box K396, Haymarket

Listing November 1985




Parents of Gays

Phone contact

Group revival call August 1985, active January 1985. Not active July 1986. Listed 1987

Partner Support Group

Albion Street Centre

Listing November 1987

People Living with AIDS Coalition


Forms 28 September 1988

Phoenix ten pin bowling

Rockdale Bowl

Listing October 1987

Police Gay Liaison Unit/Group


Meeting to discuss set up 14 October 1984

Pollynesians Social Club

GPO Box 2935

Listed August 1980




The Quilt Project


Founded 23 October 1988




Rape Crisis

PO Box 188, Drummoyne

Listed July 1986

Redfern Connexion

Radio Skid Row 88.9 FM

Listed July 1988

Rock Hudson Show, The


Named December 1986

Roo Bike Club, The

Meets Newtown Hotel from 15 July 1983.

Listed July 1980




Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

PO Box 110, Petersham

Listed August 1982

South Pacific Motor Club

35 Septimus Street, Erskineville

Listed June 1980; new venue listed July 1987; new venue November 1987

Southern Cross Outdoors Group

PO Box 411 Dee Why

Listed 14 April 1983

Sydney Day Centre

111 Jersey Road, Paddington

Established November 1987

Sydney Front Runners


Mentioned May 1987

Sydney Gay Centre

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Mentioned October 1981

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Sports Association

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Ad January 1985. Name change November 1988

Sydney Gay Youth Group

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Mention first meeting 10 August 1985

Sydney  Gay Mardi Gras Association Inc 1988 – 1989 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 1988 - 1989

Workshop, 15-19 Boundary Street, Rushcutters Bay

Listed July 1986. Name change 6 December 1988

Sydney Network

818 5135

Listed November 1987

Sydney Rams

Leichhardt Olympic Bowl

Mentioned January 1984;  moves to Rushcutters July 1987

Sydney Road Runners Motor Cycle Club

PO Box 986, Darlinghurst

February 1985. Male and female riders

Sydney Spokes

664 1251

Mention September 1986

Sydney University Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Box 248, Holme Building

Listed May 1988




Tiresias House


Fourth Bday Oct 1987

Together But Different

5 Fern Pl Bondi Jct

Listed June 1988

Triangle Basketball Club

Glebe High School, Sydney Boys High School.

May 1985

Tropical Fruits

Box 276, Lismore

Listing July 1988

Twenty-Ten  Youth Refuge

PO Box 213, Glebe

Forms March 1982





Box 1097, Wollongong

Listed May 1981




Vintage Movie Group

8 Albert Avenue, Chatswood

Listed June 1987




Waratah Deaf Association

PO Box 1046, Penrith

Ad September 1984

Western Way Centre

17 Alice Street, Auburn

Listed October 1988

Wild Gals

88.9 FM

Listed as new June 1988




Young Lesbian Collective

593 327

Mention November 1988

Updated: 1 May 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various 1988 gay newspapers and magazines. Please contact Pride History Group if your group was active in 1988, but does not appear here.


1988 Venues

Venue Name






Nightclubs, Bars, Discos

The Babylon Club

141 Parramatta Road, Concord


Every Wednesday and Thursday then Friday nights. Party atmosphere

Gay men and women

Ad February 1988

Boogie Room

273 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Roger Carroll (ex Les Girls operator)

Former Ruby Reds

Jazz Club

Opens 10 December 1988


Corner Elizabeth and Cleveland Streets

Robin McCoy “manageress”


The boys are also welcome

February 1988

Dorothy’s Disco

Cnr Queen and Harrow Street, Auburn


Every Wednesday 7:30 – Midnight


Ad September 1988

Grosvenor Club (Taxi Club)

40 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst


Licensed bar and bistro


Ad June 1984;


101 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction




Opens 10 August 1988

Klub Kakadu (Watusi Club 2nd Floor)

163 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Tommy Brown Host

Restaurant, Dance club, DJ Robert Rasic;


Ad August 1987

Les Girls

2c Roslyn St, Kings Cross

Apsley Investments

Formerly Carousel Cabaret


First listing September 1980; not listed May 1984;

Midnight Factory

Cnr Batt Street and Regentville Road, South Penrith


Catering for guys and girls. Live shows and Disco. Fully licensed bar


Listing April 1988

Midnight Shift

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Licensee Bill Trott

Owner Jim Winslett, Terry Patterson?role; Graham ?role

Public bar, restaurant, disco.

1981 “now wider clientele”

First listing August 1980


Rear Carrington Hotel, Bourke and Arthur Streets, Surry Hills


Cocktail bar and eatery.


Listed November 1987


33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

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

“Sydney’s hottest gay disco”..


From 1976. Under new management 7 December 1985

Piper’s Nightspot

800 Hunter Street, Newcastle


Wed, Fri, Sat 6pm – 3am Restaurant, Disco


Previously listed in 1983. No mention in 1984. Ads 1985

(Rubyfruit Jungle) The Jungle

504 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills


Restaurant, Disco. Opens doors to men

Mostly women.

Listing July 1987.

Scamps 2/Scamps

Cnr Fairfield and McCredie Streets, Guildford


Wednesdays + Sat 7:30 – Midnight


Listed July 1987


Downstairs 124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

John Buckland, Paul Roberts Managers

Bar and diner.


Opens 2nd December 1987







Albury Hotel

6 Oxford Street, Paddington

Leigh Jennings and Nanette Theakstone

Public bar, piano bar, live entertainment, Cajun restaurant.


From 28 July 1980

Apollo Bar (Imperial Hotel)

252 Oxford Street, Paddington


Bar seven nights, restaurant entertainment. Mostly male crowd.


After 1979. Still listed in January 1988 in VV, but not after.

Brittania Hotel

103 Cleveland Street, Chippendale


Live entertainment


April 1985

Cricketers Arms Hotel

Botany and Henderson Roads, Alexandria




First birthday party November 1988

Criterion Hotel

139 Maitland Road, Islington


Several bars, live entertainment


Ads in 1985. Under new management December 1985.

Exchange Hotel

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, one of the partners; Elizabeth Court licensee 1984;

Three bars, high-energy DJs, live entertainment.


From March 1981

Flinders Hotel

63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Peter Brider. Hosts Peter and Mitch. Then Allan See Licensee, John Cowan

Public bar, courtyard with pool table, live entertainment, Wed pool competition.


From August 1980. Changes hands December 1987

Golf View Hotel

Rawson Road, Guildford


Saturday nights from 8pm


Listing again March 1988

Imperial Hotel (Fandango’s Restaurant)

(Jools Cabaret Room)

35 Erskineville Road Erskineville


Public bar, live entertainment, cabaret room.


Opens 18 July 1986

Merton Estate Hotel

38 Victoria Road, Roxelle

Sandra Ryan licensee

A women’s and gay men’s club


Listing January 1988

Midnight Shift

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Licensee Bill Trott

Owner Jim Winslett

Downstairs opens as a bar, upstairs restaurant, cocktail bar and disco.


Re-opens as a hotel 25 February 1987

Newtown Hotel

(Dot’s Diner) then

(Scallywags Restaurant)

174 King St, Newtown

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

Two bars, video DJ, varied entertainment


First ad October 1982. New restaurant November 1988

Oxford Hotel + Gilligans

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Whittle, Licensee

Public bar with DJs, Restaurant upstairs;


Opens July 1982. Gilligans opens April 1988.

Paddington Green Hotel (Outpost 182)

Upstairs, 182 Oxford Street, Paddington

Terry Trinick, manager and licensee.

Country bootscoot Mon, Tues, Th; Leather Wed Fr Sat


Listed July 1987

Rex Hotel Kings Cross (Bottoms Up Bar)

Macleay Street, Kings Cross


Public Bar, Bistro and Music


May 1985. Reappears.

Town Hall Hotel Balmain

366 Darling Street, Balmain

Brian Allen and David Viner proprietors 1981

DJs, Live enterainment

Mixed; Womens Music nights;

First ad December 1981; First listing OWN April 1982

Unicorn Hotel

(JJ’s Restaurant)

106 Oxford Street, Paddington.

Timothy Berry Licensee,

Live entertainment, DJs, Restaurant, cocktail bar.


From October 1979; Shillitos May 1984;

Male Saunas/Sex on Premises


253 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Neil Taylor. Rick Stone Mgr (1987)

“Hunky hot men.”


From 1973. Closes May 1988 after 14 years.

Den Club, The

Arnolds Lane, Darlinghurst


“Men’s Club”


Listed November 1987

King Steam

22 King Street, City




Listed again July 1986


83 – 85 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Nick Lorschi (prior1987)



From 1972. Katacombs May 1982

Bookshops, Galleries

The Bookshop Darlinghurst

207 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst




March 1985

The Bookshop Newtown

186 King Street, Newtown




June 1986

Updated: 1 May 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various 1988 gay newspapers and magazines. Please report errors and your references to the Pride History Group.



1988 Community events


If not in Sydney


January 1988


C.J.’s, a lesbian restaurant and disco opens near the corner of Cleveland and Elizabeth Streets, Surry Hills.

January 1988


Peter Tully resigns from the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras (SGMG) Committee. Ron Smith is now the Artistic Director of SGMG.

January 1988


The AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) launches a Safe Sex Summer Campaign.

January 1988


Richard Wherrett and Peter McDonnell are appointed to the SGMG Committee.

26 January 1988


Lesbians and gay men join support contingents in the non-Aboriginal section of the anti-Bicentennial march from Belmore Park to Hyde Park. Some sport  T shirts with the slogan “200 years of oppression and bad taste”

28 January 1988


The share holders of Sydney Gay Community Publishing (SGCP) hold their first meeting and decide to purchase the Sydney Star Observer.

February 1988


President Tony Vickery announces the winding up of the Albury Social Club.

February 1988


Ken Davis, Tim Carrigan and Lex Watson float the idea of celebrating the 20th anniversary of the gay movement.

February 1988


The Sydney Police-Gay/Lesbian Liaison Group, begins meeting again after a hiatus of several months.

February 1988


The first issue of Wicked Women, a magazine of lesbian erotica and S/M, is published.

10 February 1988


Don Baxter resigns as President of ACON and takes up the job of ACON Education Officer. He is replaced by Gray Sattler. Levinia Crooks replaces David Buchanan as Vice President.

14 February 1988


The Aboriginal/Islander Dance Theatre Company join other dance companies for Dancing for Hope to raise money for the AIDS Trust of Australia.

15 February 1988


The 4th Gay Mardi Gras Festival is launched at the Paddington Town Hall.

16 February 1988


Robin Tyler, US lesbian feminist comic, opens a short season at the Sydney Trade Union Club, Foveaux Street, Surry Hills.

17 – 28 February 1988


The SGMG and the Australian Film Institute (AFI) hold the Mardi Gras Film Festival at the Chauvel Cinema.

20 – 21 February 1988


The Third National Network of Young Lesbians and Gay Men is held at the University of NSW (UNSW).

22 February 1988


The Gay Mardi Gras Festival Art Exhibition, opens at the Roslyn Oxley Gallery.

27 February 1988


The annual SGMG Parade is held along Art Gallery Road, Oxford and Flinders Streets with around 120,000 spectators and 60 floats and costumed groups. 10,000 will later party on at the Manufacturer’s Pavilion until 9am Sunday.

27 February 1988


Aldo Gennaro who had spent much of his career working with institutionalised people, dies from an AIDS related illness aged 44.

March 1988


John Pearce is appointed administrator of the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF)

March 1988


The Jungle at 504 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills opens its doors to men.

March 1988


Body Positive winds up due to dwindling support.

March 1988


Lex Watson is awarded the first Mardi Gras Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lesbian and Gay Community.

8 March 1988

Los Angeles

Divine (Glen Milstead) dies in his sleep.

10 March 1988


The Babylon Club at 141 Parramatta Road, Concord, advertises gay men and women nights, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

19 March 1988


Openly gay, former Young Labor President, Paul O’Grady is elected to the Legislative Council.

19 March 1988


In the NSW state election, the Liberal /National Party Coalition defeats the Labor Party. In the Bligh electorate, sitting Liberal Party member Michael Yabsley is defeated by independent Clover Moore.

24 March 1988


The National Council on AIDS now replaces the AIDS Task Force and the National Advisory Committee on AIDS.

26 March 1988


The Rock Hudson radio show on 2RSR-FM ceases after 18 months on air.

30 March 1988


Hugh Whitemore’s play Breaking the Code, about the WWII code breaker Alan Turing, begins a season at Northside Theatre.

31 March – 4 April 1988


The Andrew (Boy) Charlton Pool hosts the opening event of the Australia’s Celebration Games.

April 1988


The NSW Branch of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) demands compulsory AIDS testing of all patients undergoing major surgery.

April 1988


Alma-May McFarlane is appointed SGMG Administrator.

April 1988


ACON forms a Branch in Newcastle.

2 April 1988


Sky Brooks & Co’s new show begins at the Imperial Hotel Erskineville.

3 April 1988


Congrats, the 21st RAT party is held at the Bondi Pavilion.

7 April 1988


A 300 strong rally in support of British lesbians and gay men against Clause 28 of the British Local Government Act 1988 is held in front of the British Consulate, Goldfields House, Circular Quay.

10 April 1988


The Reverend Jim Dykes resigns as pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC).

21 April 1988


250 people meet at the Heffron Hall to re-constitute the Gay Rights Lobby (now the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby), as activists predict a push back of lesbian and gay rights by the newly elected conservative state government.

May 1988


The Sydney Star Observer reports that Qantas is making no distinction among its workers who are HIV+ or suffer from AIDS related conditions, so long as they are fit for work.

3 May 1988


Only Heaven Knows, a gay musical by writer performer and composer, Alex Harding opens at the Stables Theatre, Kings Cross.

11 May 1988


A Sydney Day Care Centre working bee, prepares Arncliffe’s Samaritan House for a Wednesday venue for the Centre’s activities.

21 May 1988


Black Party V is held at the Hordern Pavilion.

24 May 1988


The SGMG Association AGM is held. The new Committee is Jack Allen, Anthony Babicci, Colin Fawcett, Celia Hutton, Christoper Jarvis, Panos Kouros, Peter MacDonnell, Murray McLachlan, Kimberley O’Sullivan, Catherine Phillips, David Ryan, Anthony Sleiman, Richard Wherrett and David Wilkins.

30 May 1988


A candlelight rally to highlight AIDS issues is held. It starts at Taylor Square and ends at the Pitt Street Uniting Church.

June 1988


Ken Davis of the Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force rejects claims from conservative federal politicians that ‘AIDS carrying’ gay migrants are being secretly allowed into Australia and are getting preference under the family re-union programme.

June 1988


Changes to the Summary Offences Act are made by the NSW Parliament. They include sweeping powers to restrict soliciting and prostitution.

June 1988


Words From the Same Heart edited by Margaret Bradstock and Louise Wakeling is published.

June 1988


The WA State Government introduces restrictions to new state superannuation policy holders – they must sign a declaration that they are AIDS free or submit to a blood test.

June 1988


Wellcome Australia makes a $10,000 grant to the BGF.

11 June 1988


ACON presents the fund-raising dance party, Safe Sex Ball at the Banquet Hall, RAS Showgrounds. The party raises $10,000.

15 June 1988


The Gay History Project Colloquia holds its first meeting at the University of Sydney.

18 June 1988


John Tasker, theatrical director, dies from cancer.

21 June 1988


Roger Garling, a founding member of Icebreakers dies aged 65.

22 June 1988


The world’s first condom bar opens at the Virgin shopping centre in Darling Harbour.

25 June 1988


Twenty Ten holds an Open Day at its refuge at 130 Glebe Point Road, Glebe.

25 June 1988


Wild Gals, the new gay and lesbian show on 2RSR-FM (Radio Skid Row) is launched.

July 1988


The NACAIDS Grim Reaper commercial is awarded a Gold Lion at the 1988 Advertising Film Festival.

July 1988


A self defence course developed for gay men and lesbians, by the Fitness Exchange begins.

July 1988


John Marsden is appointed to the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board.

1 July 1988


A 300 strong Stonewall Week Rally for the Defence of Lesbian and Gay Rights is held at Parliament House.

2 July 1988


Rat Rapping Winter Dance Party is held at the Hordern Pavilion.

2 July 1988


Stonewall Week Lesbos Island Ball is held at the Performance Space.

16 July 1998


Artists, writers and theatre workers organise support for Cath Phillips who is defending herself against obscenity charges arising from her work in the local Sculpture Exhibition.

20 July 1988


The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby adopts a new constitution guaranteeing minimum parity between men and women on the members committee.

21 July 1988


The Jools Cabaret Room at the Imperial Hotel opens with a drag benefit for entertainer, Sonia McMahon.

21 July 1988


The ABC Documentary Mardi Gras!, produced by Martyn Goddard is screened on national television.

24 July 1988


Radio 2UW refuses to play four new safe sex commercials launched by the federal government.

24 July 1988


Vice Squad police officers warn young men working the wall that they now will face charges under the new Summary Offences Act.

26 July 1988


Ita Buttrose hosts three documentaries on AIDS to be screened on SBS television over July and August.

30 July 1988


The Wollongong Police-Gay Liaison Group conducts a phone in for the local gay community.

1 August 1988


Performers at the Purple Onion an exhibition of screen prints by Julian Halls, opens at Ariel Bookshop.

3 August 1988


7 panels made in Sydney for the Names Project Quilt are flown to the US. They commemorate Gordon Cass, Bobbie Goldsmith, Colin Hamilton, Martyn Ilbury, Barry McGrath, Sam Nichols and Tone Wieruszewski.

4 August 1988


1000 attend the Third National AIDS Conference.

6 August 1988


Shadow Federal Minister for Health, Wilson Tuckey, tells the Third National AIDS Conference “AIDS is very much a disease which results from deliberate and possibly unnatural activity. You don’t catch AIDS, you let someone give it to you”. Three weeks later he is relieved of his Health portfolio.

16  August 1988


Sculptor and Mardi Gras Committee member, Cath Philips, appears in the District Magistrate’s Court and is found guilty and fined $400. (see: 16 July 1988)

17  August 1988


MLC the Reverend Fred Nile places on notice in the NSW Upper House, a resolution calling for Clause 28 style legislation.

20  August 1988


3,000 attend the first winter Mardi Gras fund raising dance party, Cool with Sunny Periods, at the Hordern Pavilion.

22 August 1988


The Gay and Lesbian Arts Association is launched. It aims to promote, encourage and assist gay and lesbian participation in the arts.

26-28  August 1988


200 people with AIDS, ARC (AIDS related condition) and HIV, attend the first Living Well conference.

27 August 1988


Dance Delirium is held at Darling Harbour’s Exhibition Hall 1.

27 August 1988


At the AGM of the Community Support Network (CSN), Graeme Flavel is re-elected chairman (sic), Annella Wheatley  Secretary and Alan Munro  Treasurer.

September 1988


Gay men with computers will be able to communicate with others across Australia after the “systems operators” of 2 leading bulletin boards EAGLE ONE in Sydney and BIG TEDD in Melbourne agreed to start “Aussie Gaynet”.

September 1988


Andrew Carter and Richard Johnson call for contributions for memorial panels bearing the name of someone who has died of AIDS, for a Sydney version of the US Names Project Quilt.

September 1988


A motion in the NSW Upper House by Fred Nile’s Call to Australia Party seeking a ban on the Gay Mardi Gras, fails.

18 September 1988


The BGF Boys Own Bake Off is held at the Seymour Centre.

27 September 1988


James Timmins is elected President of Bobby Goldsmith Foundation (BGF), Ron Cashmere the Vice President and Helen McCabe elected to a Committee vacancy.

28 September 1988


A meeting at the Trade Union Club in Surry Hills endorses moves to establish People Living with AIDS Coalition NSW.

October 1988


EAGLE TWO, a gay computer bulletin board, is set up to meet a 100% increase in demand.

October 1988

Charleyong nr Shoalhaven

The Roo Bike Club stages its final run.

October 1988


The SGMG Committee announces that a private company Sydney Gay and Lesbian Enterprises Pty Ltd will be formed to use workshop facilities and seek commercial work.

October 1988


Peter Shack, the new federal shadow Health Minister, reverses the stance of his predecessor and prepares a paper Understanding AIDS.

October 1988


BGF Administrator, John Pearce and Secretary John Pattison resign. Craig Brown is now Acting Secretary.

8 October 1988


Bacchanalia’s Pandemonium dance party is held at the Hordern Pavilion.

8 October 1988


Acceptance holds its 11th National Conference in Sydney at which Australian and overseas delegates attend.

17  October 1988


The Gay and Lesbian Arts Association hold their first annual general meeting.

22  October 1988


Nine members of the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group are arrested and charged with trespass for staffing a stall at the Salamanca  Markets.

26 October 1988


Dot and Fanny perform their final Tonite Show.

29  October 1988


The annual fund raising Sleaze Party is held at the Royal Hall of Industries at the  RAS Showgrounds.

November 1988


Larry Galbraith, former editor of Campaign and Star Observer, is appointed Electorate Secretary to Clover Moore.

November 1988


The Committee of the Sydney Gay Sports Association agrees to change its name to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Sports Association.

November 1988


The SGMG Association dismisses its Artistic Director, Ron Smith.

November 1988


The Albion Street Clinic releases a report to the media claiming that 40% of gay men continue to practice unsafe sex.

November 1988


Boogie Room is opened on the site of Ruby Reds at 273 Crown Street by the owner Roger Carroll.

2 November 1988


Gay History Colloquia – the Greatest menace Facing Australia: Homosexuals and the Cold War is presented by Garry Wotherspoon at the University of Sydney.

4 November 1988


Streetwatch, an anti-lesbian/gay violence project is launched by the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Lesbian Line and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service to collect and analyse information about physical and verbal abuse.

5 November 1988


27 people are arrested on complaints from the City Council to police at Salamanca Markets bringing the total arrested to 49. The City Council is refusing to allow the Tasmanian Gay Law Reform Group to distribute literature and circulate a petition calling for repeal of Tasmania’s anti-homosexual laws.

6  November 1988


The 1988 Polympics is held at the Macquarie University Sports Fields.

11-18  November 1988


Community television UHF Channel 31 completes the first week of test broadcasts. Two gay and lesbian programs put together by  the Gay and Lesbian Arts Association  are screened – Coming Out Tonight Show and Some of My Best Friends Are.

18 November 1988


The Miatraya Day Centre for People with AIDS in Paddington, celebrates its first anniversary.

27 November 1988


The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence hold a re-union at Long Nun Point, Birchgrove to remember their first appearance there in 1981.

December 1988


The Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group wins the right to have a stall at Salamanca Market following the Hobart City Council ban and arrest of 130 people.

1 December 1988


The Quilt Project is launched.

1 December 1988


The Victorian AIDS Council AGM re-affirms that it is a gay community based and controlled organisation.

3 December 1988


Bacchanalia holds a Hyperspace dance party at the Hordern Pavilion RAS Showgrounds.

3 December 1988


NSW local council elections are held.

3 December 1988


A further 29 people are arrested at the Salamanca Market, bringing the total to 130. The Gay Law Reform Group continues to distribute literature and circulate a petition calling for law reform.

3 December 1988


AIDS Volunteers Day is held at Green Park.

6 December 1988


A Special General Meeting of the Sydney Gay Mardi Gras Association decides to change the Association’s name to “Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras”.

9 December 1988


The Sydney Star Observer, possibly for the first time, refers to the Rainbow Flag saying that it is “popularised in America as the symbol of a diverse but united homosexual struggle” in an article about the launch of the Quilt Project on December 1 1988.

9 December 1988


The Hobart City Council lifts its ban on the Gay Law Reform Group’s stall in the Salamanca Market. Charges against 130 arrestees are dropped when it is discovered the council has no right to prosecute for trespass.

10 December 1988


Party group, F.U.N. holds a dance party at the Hordern Pavilion RAS Showgrounds.

17 December 1988


The Gay and Lesbian Arts Association holds a forum Is there a gay and lesbian sensibility in the arts?

17 December 1988


Dance Delirium is held at Pier 4 Hickson Road, Sydney.

31 December 1988


Grace Jones performs at Ratty New Year, the RAT team NYE party.

 Updated: 11 December 2015