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

1991: Community and activist groups and organisations



Date listed




Acceptance Sydney

15 Francis Street, East Sydney/28 Roslyn Street, Elizabeth Bay

Listed December 1979;

Acceptance Phone Counselling

357 45056

Listed October 1990

ACTUP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power)

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre, Collins/Norton Streets, 4th Fl, 134 Broadway

Listed April 1990. New address October 1991.


Box 359, Wahroonga

Listed September 1990

AIDS Council of NSW

188 Goulburn Street, Sydney

February 1985

ACON Hunter Branch

PO Box 1081, Newcastle

Listed May 1990

ACON Illawarra Office

Box 1073, Wollongong

Listed January 1991

ACON North Coast Branch

Box 63, South Lismore

Listed May 1990

AIDS Hotline of the Albion Street Centre

332 4000

January 1989

AIDS Trust of Australia

211 2161

January 1990

Al-Anon Gay Support Group

703 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Ad January 1987, new location January 1990

Albion Street AIDS Centre

332 4000

March 1985


150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

May 1985

Antibody Positive Support Group

150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

April 1988

Armidale Gay and Lesbian Society

PO Box 581, Armidale

Listed 11 May 1983. Lesbian October 1991

Asians and Friends

283 3222

Listed January 1991

Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations

062 47 3411

Listed April 1990

Australian National Sports Association

PO Box 433, Coogee

Listed March 1988

Australian Transsexual Association

Box 266, Petersham

Listed April 1991. Not listed May 1991




Bankstown Area Gay Society

Laurie 644 4946

Listed August 1991

Blackboard Bulletin Board


Listed January 1991

Blue Mountains PWLA Day Care Centre

2 Station Street, Katoomba

Listed November 1989

Bobby Goldsmith Foundation

388 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst/St Vincent’s Medical Centre, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Mention July 1984; Change of address September 1991;

Boomerang Social Club

Box 429, Darlinghurst

Listed March 1979

Bowling Amigos

Rockdale Bowl

Listed July 1991

Bridge Club, The

Box 788, Rozelle

Mentioned August 1991




Caregivers Project Australia

Box 15, Darlinghurst

Listed May 1991

Castaways Social Group

Box H178, Harris Park

June 1985. Not listed 1991

Christian Lesbian Collective

Box 98, Enmore

Listed April 1990

Clover Women’s Club

Box 329 Drummoyne

Listed August 1980

Coastal Connections

PO Box 259, Toukley

Newly formed November 1984

Coming Out Group

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Listed April 1989

Community Support Network

PO Box 415, Darlinghurst

Formed at meeting June 1984

Community Support Network Newcastle

049 29 3464

Listed November 1990

Community Support Network Wollongong

042 752609

Listed November 1990

Country Network

PO Box 448, Kingston ACT

Listed October 1980

Cronulla Gay Group

PO Box 195, Cronulla

Listed 1979

Cross Section

519  5830

Listed April 1989




The Dolphin Motor Club

Downstairs Midnight Shift

Listed June 1979

Dreaded Ned’s BBS gay computer bulletin board


Listed February 1990. Not listed April 1991

Dykes on Bikes

550 1623

Were in 1990 parade




The Eagles Bulletin Board

745 3190

Listing November 1988

Enola Gay

Box 380, Broadway

Signature 1988




The Family

2 Sunbeam Avenue, Croydon 2136

Ad September 1985

Fitness Exchange

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

New location October 1981

Flamingo Society

Box R47, Rhodes

Listing January 1988

Four Seasons Social Group

PO Box 1654, Coffs Harbour

Listing November 1985;

Freelance Bowling League

Rushcutters Bowl, 110 Bayswater Road, R B

Listed April 1983

Friends of PWAs

150 Albion Street, Surry Hills

Listed December 1988

Fun & Esteem Project

283 2599

Listed November 1990





319 2799

Ad May 1984;

Gay and Lesbian Arts Association

PO Box 786, Darlinghurst

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 Association (GALA)

Box 96 Student Council, Macquarie University

Listed December 1989

Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Box 248, Holme Building

Sydney University

Listed May 1988. Not listed May 1991

Gay and Lesbian Association (GALA)

Union Post Box,

Newcastle University

Listed June 1990

Gay and Lesbian Concert Band

Mardi Gras Workshop

Listed July 1991

Gay and Lesbian Line (was GLCS Gay Line)

319 2799

Ad January 1987 Gayline. Listed January 1991

Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial Project Incorporated

74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed June 1991. Incorporates Sept 1991

Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force

2nd Floor, 300 Sussex Street, Sydney

May 1985; renamed July 1987;

Gay and Lesbian Information Service (GLIS)

Box 425, Newcastle

Listed November 1991

Gay and Lesbian Line

319 2799

Listed April 1990

Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby

2nd Floor, 74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Forms 21 April 1988. Oxford St March 1991

Gay and Lesbian Street Patrol

Box 305, Redfern

Listed January 1991. Not listed August 1991

Gay and Lesbian Teachers and Students

74 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed August 1991

Gay and Lesbian UTS (GLUTS)

Box 123, Broadway

Listed May 1991

Gay Business Association


Revived Sept 1991

Gay History Project

Sydney University

Events listing 1991

Gay Men’s Alcoholics Anonymous

Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre

Listed September 1991

Gay Radio Information News Service (GRINS)

PO Box 380, Broadway

Listed July 1984


Petersham Rollerrink

Listed January 1988

Gays Living Out West (GLOW)

Box 2680, North Parramatta

Listed January 1991

Gay Solidarity Group

PO Box 380, Broadway

Established 1978. Name change September 1991

Gay Waves Radio


Mentioned March 1980

Gay What’s On (GLCS)

699 6320

Listed July 1986

Global Pen Friends

Box 343, Punchbowl

Listing July 1989


Box 248, Holme Blg

Listed May 1991




Hands on free massage

Richard 660 6392

Listing February 1991

Helix, North Shore Gay Group

Box 134, Crows Nest

Listing July 1991

Hell bent gay and lesbian arts and culture magazine

Box 305, Redfern

Launched October 14 1990

Harbour City Amateur Wrestling Club

Box 433, Coogee

Listed July 1988

Holocaust Memorial Project

74-78 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listed June 1991. Incorporates Sept 1991





33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Listed 16 May 1983

Illawarra HIV Support Group

042 75 5974

Listed June 1990

Inside Out

PO Box 380 Broadway/25 Douglas Av Perth

Listed 13 October 1983

Jews and Friends

360 7214

Listed March 1991.

Jews and Gentiles Together

Box 1288 Darlinghurst

Listed September 1990





398 1323

Article set up in December 1989

Karumah Day Centre

58 Gipps Street, Carrington

October 1989. New address

Knights of the Chameleons

PO Box 43, Cammeray

Listed September 1981

Koala Deaf Federation for Gays and Lesbians

Box 43, Enmore

Listed July 1989

Koornkoo Walkers

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Listed January 1985. Not listed August 1991.




Lambda Ministries

2/175 Liverpool Street, Sydney

Listed July 1988. Not listed May 1991

Lesbian and Gay Anti-violence Project

Set up by GLRL.

Mentioned September 1991

Lesbian and Gay Caucus ACOA

5th Fl 245 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

Listed July 1986. Not listed May 1991

Lesbian and Gay Solidarity

Newtown Neighbourhood Centre

Name change September 1991;

Lesbian Coming Out and Support Group

263 Bridge Road, Glebe

Listed December 1989

Lesbian Ethics Workshop

164 Flood Street, Leichhardt

Started in 1987

Lesbian Line

Everywoman Health Centre

Listed January 1985

Lesbians Everywhere Support Organisation

PO Box 667, North Sydney

Listing November 1985

Lesbians on the Loose

Box 798, Newtown

Article December 1989

Lismore STD/AIDS Service

066 23 1495

Listed August 1991

Living Well Support Groups

c/- ACON

Listed April 1990

Longtime Survivors Group

c/- Matraya

Listed August 1991

Long Yang Club

810 1604

Listed September 1989




Mature Aged Gay Men

c/- ACON

Mentioned July 1991

Metropolitan Community Church

Village Church, Oxford Street, Paddington – Heffron Hall, D’hurst

Listed December 1989. New premises November 1991.

Metropolitan Community Church of the Good Shepherd

15 Francis Street, East Sydney

Listing February 1988

Mullumbimby AIDS Resource Centre

Box 679, Mullumbimby

Listed December 1989




National Centre in HIV Epidemiology

St Vincents Medical Centre, 376 Victoria Rd, Darlinghurst

Listed September 1990

Newcastle Gay Support Group

Dance Islington Bowling Club

Listed August 1991

Newcastle Gay Waves

2NUR-FM, PO Box 52, Wickham

Listed June 1990

North Coast Positive Time Group

ACON 066 22 1555

Listed January 1991

Northern Rivers Gay News


Listed again June 1988. Gay News June 1990.

Northshore Voltairians

Club Bar, Cammeray Hotel, 474 Miller Street

Ad May 1984

NUAA (NSW Users and AIDS Associations)

357 1666

Listed June 1990




Out Journal

Box 786, Darlinghurst

Launched September 26 1990

Out West

283 2599

Listed January 1991


Box 610, Petersham

Listing November 1985

Oz Bears

888 Bourke St, Zetland

First birthday June 1991




Parents and Friends of Gays

905 3418

“Friends” January 1991


Rod 688 1507

Listed May 1991

Penrith Lesbian and Gay Group

047 21 8330

Listed April 1991

Penrith PLWA Support Group

Penrith Youth Centre

Listed April 1990. Not listed April 1991


264 8313

Listed February 1990

Pollynesians Social Club

GPO Box 2935

Listed August 1980

Positively Pink List

332 4582

Listed January 1991

Positive Women Support Group

283 3222 ACON

Listed April 1990

Powerhouse Social Club

2/11 Edward Street, Ryde

Listed July 1989

Pride Steering Committee, then Pride Initiative

PO Box 7, Darlinghurst

Listed December 1989




Queer TV

Lobby Centre, 2nd Floor, 74 Oxford Street

Listed November 1990

The Quilt Project

PO Box 350, Darlinghurst

Founded 23 October 1988




Rape Crisis

PO Box 188, Drummoyne

Listed July 1986

Rights for All Male Sex Workers

Box 956, Kings Cross

Listed April 1990

Ringed Men

Box 712, Rozelle

Listed November 1990




Australian Sailing and Cruising Club

Bridge Street Wharf

Set up 3 July 1991 at Unicorn.

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence/Sisters and Brothers of Perpetual Indulgence

Box 426, Grosvenor Place

Listed August 1982. Name change May 1991

Sex Workers Outreach Project

391 Riley Street, Surry Hills

Listed November 1990

SM Downunder

418 6671

Listed July 1989. Not listed April 1991

Social Committee of Recovering Alcoholics and Addicts (SCRAAGL)

Box 181 Strawberry Hills

Listed February 1990

South Asian Lesbians

Box 817, Newtown

Listed June 1990

South Pacific Motor Club

888 Bourke Street, Zetland

Formed 1970. Listed June 1980; new venue listed July 1987; new venue November 1987; new venue November 1989

Southern Cross Outdoors Group

PO Box 411 Dee Why

Listed 14 April 1983

South Sydney Women’s Centre

231 Abercrombie Street, Chippendale

Listed again October 1990

Sydney Day Centre (Maitraya)

396 Bourke Street, Surry Hills

Established November 1987. Called PWA Day Centre (Maitraya) September 1989

Sydney Front Runners

Centennial Park, Oxford Street entrance

Mentioned May 1987

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir

Box 668, Crows Nest

Events June 1991

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Association Ltd

Workshop, 15-19 Boundary Street, Rushcutters Bay

Changes to Ltd after March 1990

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Sports Association

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Ad January 1985. Name change November 1988. Not listed February 1991

Sydney Gay Centre

33 Wellington St, Chippendale

Mentioned October 1981

Sydney Gay Community Publishing

1st Fl, 292 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Listed January 1989

Sydney Gay Pipe Band

33 Wellington Street, Chippendale

Listed April 1991

Sydney Rams Bowling League

Rushcutters Bowl

Mentioned January 1984;  moves to Rushcutters July 1987

Sydney Road Runners Motor Cycle Club

Box 405, Alexandria

February 1985. Male and female riders

Sydney Spanking Society

Box 386, Potts Point

Listed November 1990. Not listed February 1991

Sydney Spokes

Brett 398 3082

Mention September 1986




Team Sydney Inc

Box 1037 Darlinghurst

Listed February 1991

Tiresias House

75 Morgan Street, Petersham

Listed May 1991

Triangle Basketball Club

Kevin 361 0514

May 1985

Tropical Fruits

Daniel 066 841 754

Listing July 1988. New address July 1989

Twenty-Ten  Youth Refuge

PO Box 213, Glebe

Forms March 1982




Unity Community Group

Box 1097, Wollongong

Listed May 1981




Vintage Movie Group

8 Albert Avenue, Chatswood

Listed June 1987. Not listed January 1991




Western Way Centre

637 3902

Listed October 1988

Wheels and 4WD Club

Box 333, Bexley

Listed September 1991

Whistle Project

Box 278, Kings Cross

Listed January 1991

Wicked Women

PO Box 305 Redfern

Mention April 1988

Wilderness Walks

210 4503

Listed August 1991


88.9 FM

Listed as new June 1988

Wimmin in the Southern Suburbs

Louisa Lawson House, 112 West Botany Street, Arncliffe

Listed January 1989

Wombat Bulletin Board

550 4336

Listed September 1990

Women’s Support Group

263 Bridge Road, Glebe

Listed July 1991




Young Lesbian Support Group


Mention November 1988; New name October 1990

Updated: 25 May 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in 1991 Sydney Star Observers. Please contact Pride History Group if your group was active in 1991, but does not appear here.


1991: Venues

Venue Name






Nightclubs, Bars, Discos

729 Club

80 Christie Street, St Leonards




Opens 28 August 199. Not listed November 1981.

2nd Dimension in Paradise (Regent Hotel)

46 Renwick Street, Redfern (back entrance)


Every Wednesday. Bohemian, Luxurious, Paradise

Men and women

Opens 23 October 1991


111 Regent Street, Chippendale


Tuesdays, 9pm - late


Commences 8 October 1991

DCM (Don’t Cry Mama)

33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


Formerly “Formerly Patchs”


Listed May 1990

DCM Sydney

33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Possibly Tim Berry

Memberships available


Opens 25 September 1990


11 Oxford Street, Paddington




Listed April 1991. Reopens 2 Nov 1991

Grosvenor Club (Taxi Club)

40 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst


Licensed bar and bistro


Ad June 1984;

Grosvenor Club (Zippers Dance Club)

40 Flinders Street, Darlinghurst




Ad for Zippers July 1989


163 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


Saturday 1115pm till late.


Listed January 1991. Not listed December 1991

Oneiro + Fetishe on Thursdays

271 King Street, Newtown




Opens 13 November 1990. Fetish not listed September 1991. Oneiro not listed Nov 1991


273 Crown Street, Darlinghurst


Thursday to Saturday


Listed November 1989. New location March 1990. No mention July 1991

Rubies Revised

273 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Gina and Maree and Otis owners and managers

11pm – 4am


Listed 7 December 1991

Site, The

171 Victoria Street, Potts Point


Sundays, women only


First ad in 1991 November;

Squeeze Box

238 Crown Street, Darlinghurst


Limelight Nightclub. Mixed. Thursday 9pm – late.


Ad November 1991

Stan’s Steakhouse

14 Good Street, Granville


Tuesday – Sunday


Listing August 1991


Cnr Hopewell Street and Hopewell Lane Paddington




Listing February 1991


12 Good Street, Granville


Wednesday – Sunday


Listing February 1991. Not listed May 1991


Albury Hotel

 (Piano Bar)

(Public Bar)

6 Oxford Street, Paddington

Leigh Jennings and Nanette Theakstone

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


From 28 July 1980

Beresford Hotel

354 Bourke Street, Darlinghurst




Listed again January 1991

Cricketers Arms Hotel

Botany and Henderson Roads, Alexandria

Margaret and Pam ?managers


Women’s pub

First birthday party November 1988

Exchange Hotel

34 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

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

New bar Vault. Blitz women only on Tuesdays.


From March 1981

Flinders Hotel

63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Allan Mauricesee, Licensee

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


From August 1980. Changes hands December 1987

Imperial Hotel

 (Jools Cabaret Room)

(Club Fabulous)

(Berlin Bar)

Prasit’s Thai Restaurant

35 Erskineville Road Erskineville


Public bar, live entertainment, cabaret room.


Opens 18 July 1986.

Berlin 11 Aug 91.

Midnight Shift Tavern

(Voltage Dance Club)

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 tavern 25 February 1987. Voltage 27 Aug 1991.

Newtown Hotel  

+ Jacks Bar

174 King St, Newtown

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

Two bars, video DJ, varied entertainment


First ad October 1982. Jacks Bar September 1989

Oxford Hotel + Gilligans

134 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Peter Whittle, Licensee

Public bar with DJs, Restaurant upstairs;


Opens July 1982. Gilligans opens April 1988.

Palm Hotel (Scamp’s Hotel)

167 Hume Hwy, Chullora




Listed November 1991

Rex Hotel Kings Cross (Bottoms Up Bar)

Macleay Street, Kings Cross


Public Bar, Bistro and Music


May 1985. Reappears.

Sefton Hotel (Scamps Disco)

Clapham Road, Sefton




Listed November 1991

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;

Unicorn Hotel


106 Oxford Street, Paddington.

Timothy Berry Licensee,

Live entertainment, DJs, Restaurant, cocktail bar.


From October 1979; Not listed November 1991.

 Male Saunas/Sex on Premises

Bodyline Sauna


Craig Weedon part owner



Article December 1991

Den Club, The

97 Oxford Street


“Men’s Club”


Listed November 1987. New Entrance August 1989

King Steam/Kings

46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst


Brand new premises, bigger with better facilities


Re-opens in new location 25 February 1989; New name ?1991


83 – 85 Anzac Parade, Kensington

Nick Lorschy (prior1987)



From 1972. Katacombs May 1982

Bookshops, Galleries

The Bookshop Darlinghurst

207 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Les McDonald



March 1985; Les crops up in Dec 1990;

The Bookshop Newtown


Graeme Aitken



Ad for Salesperson December 1991

The Feminist Bookshop

315 Balmain Road, Lilyfield




Listed March 1990

Updated: 25 May 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in 1991 issues of the Sydney Star Observer. Please report errors and omissions to the Pride History Group.


1991: Chronology of community events 




January 1991


Michael White’s Gangsters by Day, Girls by Night by is launched. White dies days later.

January 1991


A Jewish gay & lesbian group is formed following a community discussion evening in October 1990.

January 1991


The newly formed Gay & Lesbian Choir sings for the first time at the 1991 blessing of the Mardi Gras.

January 1991


The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) submits a series of detailed complaints alleging misconduct by the Kings Cross Police during the October 1 1990 demonstration against the Festival of Light, to the NSW Ombudsman, David Landa.

January 1991


46 licensed Mardi Gras Rangers complete their training course and provide security for mardi gras and other gay and lesbian community events.

January 1991


The AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) commences distributing safe sex packs to Sydney gay venues.

21 January 1991


The Take Back The Streets rally of 1500 & 2000 protesters against anti-gay violence, marches from Belmore Park to Taylor Square.

26 January 1991


Summer 2 dance party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

February 1991


The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations calls for the speedy licensing of the new AIDS drugs ddI and ddC.

February 1991


The Albion Street Centre is to become an out-patients clinic of the Prince of Wales and the Prince Henry hospitals.

February 1991


David McDiarmid’s exhibition Kiss of Light opens at Syme Dobson Gallery.

February 1991


A dozen ACT-UP demonstrators occupy the Federal Health Department switchboard and read out a prepared statement to callers.

February 1991


The radio station 2SER-FM receives a grant from the Public Broadcasting Foundation to produce and broadcast a national gay & lesbian radio program.

February 1991


City of the Plain by Gary Wotherspoon, the first comprehensive history of Sydney’s gay sub-culture is launched by the Independent member for Bligh, Clover Moore.

1 February 1991


The first national campaign aimed at promoting safe sex practices among gay & bisexual men is launched by the Federal Minister for Community Services and Health, Brian Howe.

1 February 1991


The SGLMG Festival is launched at the Belvoir Theatre.

14 February 1991


ACT-UP activists invade the offices of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board as part of a campaign for an inquiry into discrimination based on the grounds of real or imputed HIV infection.

16 February 1991


An estimated 230 000 people watch the Mardi Gras Parade.

26 February 1991


The LGBTI Outrage magazine is advertised on Australian commercial television.

March 1991


Richard Turner’s documentary film, In the Shadow of Gaol, is selected for inclusion in the “Cinema du Reel” festival.

March 1991


The Federal government promises action on reports that undercover RAAF police are conducting witch hunts against gay & lesbian personnel.

March 1991


Three men are found guilty of the murder of Richard Johnson at a toilet in Alexandria in January 1990.

March 1991


A gay and lesbian caucus meets at the World Council of Churches Assembly

March 1991


The Foundation Housing project, which provides accommodation for people living with AIDS is wound up.

March 1991


Ian MacNeill’s book Libbing is published.

March 1991


South Sydney City Council provides office space for the Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby.

March 1991


The first major film to deal with the impact of HIV-AIDS, Longtime Companion premiers.

March 1991


The cover of the March edition of Campaign states “AZT: why it doesn’t work” is criticised by AIDS researchers and community leaders.

March 1991


Professor Ron Penny is to head the NSW Ministerial Committee on AIDS Strategy.

12 March 1991


The President of the Court of Appeal of NSW, Justice Michael Kirby, raises the issue of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act covering HIV-AIDS in the first Tim Wilson Memorial Lecture.

20 March 1991


SGLMG cancels awards night because of financial constraints.

27 March 1991


Gays and Lesbians of University of Technology Sydney (GLUTS) holds its first meeting.

8 April 1991


Red paint is splashed on the doors and front steps of St Andrews Cathedral, St Marys Cathedral, Parliament House, Downing Centre Courts, Channel 10 and the Church Mission Society. The perpetrators claim their targets are responsible for “homohatred, discrimination and violence against gay men and lesbians”.

15 April 1991


Justice Badgery-Parker sentences Alex Mihailovic and another youth to terms of a minimum of ten years for the murder of Richard Johnson at a beat in Alexandria Park in January 1990.

15 April 1991


A new federal government regulation recognises gay and lesbian relationships in the immigration process.

17 April 1991


NSW Anti-Discrimination Board hosts a community discussion on homosexual & lesbian vilification.

22 April 1991


Dr Mark Bloch, a member of the group One in Seven is convicted of a malicious damage for throwing red paint on 11 Sydney buildings in an attempt to draw public attention to violence against gays and lesbians.

27 April 1991


Sweat Too a Pride and Bacchanalia Dance Party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

29 April 1991


ACT UP stages a protest outside the offices of the Department of Community Services and Health for failing to “face up to its responsibilities to Australians with HIV and AIDS”.

May 1991


Bruce Shepherd, a gay ex-policeman establishes a security firm to protect Oxford Street businesses.

May 1991


Students’ Representative Council at University of Technology creates the first paid position to cater for the needs of gay and lesbian students.

May 1991


Terry Giblett, ACT-UP activist dies.

12 May 1991


The gay & lesbian anti-violence movement stages a march through Newtown.

20 May 1991


A Candlelight AIDS Rally & Memorial is held in Green park.

24 May 1991


Members of ACT-UP stage an action in Pitt Street Mall, followed by a short sit-in in Market Street.

25 May 1991


Clover Moore, Independent is re-elected to the seat of Bligh.

25 May 1991


Bent, A Mardi Gras dance party and awards night is held at the Banquet Hall, Showgrounds.

25 May 1991


Dirt and Desire, dance party is held at the Warehouse, 373 Pitt Street, Sydney.

June 1991


Richard Cobden is elected President of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras.

June 1991


Pharmaceuticals company Wellcome Australia Ltd claims the Commonwealth Health Department is responsible for delays in approvals of HIV-AIDS drugs.

June 1991

Florence, Italy

A trial using the drugs ddC & AZT in combination leads to this therapy being recommended for patients with T-cells counts falling below 250.

6 June 1991


ACT-UP demonstrates outside Parliament House against the Federal Health Minister Brian Howe’s failure to increase drug access for HIV-AIDS patients

8 June 1991


An AIDS fundraiser dance party, The Party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

9 June 1991


Royal Attitude, a dance party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

9 June 1991


Back to Black Party is held at the Banquet Hall, Showgrounds.

20 June 1991


Andrew Carter, the founder of the AIDS Memorial Quilt Project dies.

22 June 1991

San Francisco

Phillip Mills (aka drag queen Doris Fish) dies of AIDS.

July 1991


The AIDS Council of NSW commences a 12 month pilot project to identify issues of concern to mature aged gay men.

July 1991


David Marr’s biography Patrick White: A Life is published. 

2 July 1991


Reverend Fred Nile attempts to ban Mardi Gras in a notice of motion to the NSW Legislative Council.

3 July 1991


Charges against two people arrested during the 1 October 1990 anti-Fred Nile demonstration are dismissed.

7 July 1991


The inaugural meeting of GALTAS, Gay and Lesbian Teachers and Students is held.

16 July 1991


Union activist Jerry Davies dies.

27 July 1991


The Strawberry Fields dance party is held at the Phoenician Club.

August 1991


The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Ltd posts a loss of $188,000 for the financial year 1990-1991.

2 August 1991


Bacchanalia presents Voomania Dance Party is held at the Dome, Showgrounds.

3 August 1991


The SGLMG dance party, Bent Over is held at the Banquet Hall, Showgrounds.

21, 22 and 27 August 1991


The NSW Anti Discrimination Board holds three public hearings as part of its inquiry into HIV and AIDS related discrimination.

27 August 1991


South Sydney City council approves a proposal to erect a Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial in Green Park.

31 August 1991


Big Boys Chill Out dance party is held at the Banquet Hall, Showgrounds.

September 1991


Australia’s first legal rights service for gay men and lesbians, is started by the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby.

September 1991

Los Angeles

Actor Brad Davis dies of an AIDS-related condition.

7 September 1991


300 people march against the Reverend Fred Nile’s moves to restrict access to abortion.

12 September 1991


The Gay Solidarity Group changes its name to Lesbian and Gay Solidarity.

17 September 1991


Lesbians hold the majority of senior positions within Mardi Gras.

28 September 1991


The SGLMG Sleaze dance party is held at the Royal Hall of Industries, the Hordern Pavilion and the Dome, Showgrounds.

30 September 1991


To date 1,820 Australians have died from AIDS.

October 1991


The Volunteer Community Street Patrol is formed to create a presence on Oxford Street in response to increasing levels of gay and lesbian hate crimes

October 1991


The Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO) calls on Federal & state Attorneys-General to enact legislation to protect people from AIDS-related discrimination.

October 1991


NSW TAFE is forced to update its 1985 policy on HIV/AIDS after a Lithgow TAFE teacher whose partner had recently died from an AIDS-related illness complained to the Anti-Discrimination Board about harassment & threats of violence from a co-worker.

October 1991


The international competition to design the official logo for Gay Games IV is won by Team Sydney Co-president, Vicki Jones.

October 1991


The Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) moves into its own premises in Darlinghurst after 16 years at the Uniting Church in Paddington.

2 October 1991


A trial of the anti-viral drug ddC starts.

7 October 1991


Seven people are charged following clashes between demonstrators and police at a Festival of Light rally.

17 October 1991


Team City members and SGLMG meet and form a planning group to begin a bid for the Gay Games of 1998 to be held in Sydney.

24 October 1991


The Rev. Fred Nile’s latest attempt to ban Mardi Gras achieves little support in the Legislative Council.

25 October 1991


The Reclaim the Night march starts from Town Hall Square.

25 October 1991


The booklet, Access, written by ACON President, Levinia Crooks as a resource for medical practitioners to assist with the task of telling people they are HIV+, is launched.

26 October 1991


Pink Ink, an anthology of lesbian & gay writers is launched.

26 October 1991


The second meeting of Mature Age Gay Men’s Group (MAG) is held.

26 October 1991


Pride and Sweatbox‘s Pump Up the Gym dance party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

27 October 1991


A policy document presented at the AFAO annual general meeting states that the primary responsibilities of Australian AIDS organisations in Australia are to remain in the gay community.

28 October 1991


ACT UP “zaps” Eastern Area Health Service Director, Dr. Diana Horvath, for delaying the trials of a new anti-viral drug, Nevirapine.

November 1991


SGLMG announces that tickets to the Mardi Gras 1992 Party will only be sold to members of the SGLMG.

November 1991


The Sydney gay historian, Bob Hay, publishes the results of 5 years of archival research into the life of convict William Williams.

November 1991

Wellington, NZ

The New Zealand government has made changes to the Births, Deaths & Marriages Act which allows the issue of a new birth certificate for people who choose to change their sex.

November 1991


The Tasmanian Government passes anti-discrimination legislation. There are no exemptions from the provisions of the bill as happened in NSW.

November 1991


The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras abolishes entry fees for the 1992 Mardi Gras parade.

November 1991


The radio documentary, Centre of the Storm, by Martyn Goddard is to be broadcast on Triple J on World AIDS Day.

November 1991


The Australian HIV/AIDS Legal Guide & the 3rd edition of the pamphlet, AIDS & your Rights, are launched by Professor Peter Baume, Head of the School of Community Medicine.

November 1991


A total of 15,254 people are reported as being HIV-positive in Australia, 10,269 in NSW & 7,891 of these being men.

November 1991

Gold Coast

Holly Brown, international drag star, dies “days before her 46th birthday”.

November 1991


The Australian Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (AGLTA) established. Rod Stringer is named as convener.

2 November 1991


Halloween – Attitude Dance Party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

2 – 3 November 1991


The first national meeting of all state working groups of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt Project is held.

7 November 1991


Tom of Finland, Touko Laaksonan, dies aged 71.

9 November 1991


East My Sweat Bacchanalia dance party is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

19 November 1991


The Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby Anti-Violence Project launches a new campaign, called Count and Counter, aimed at encouraging gay men & lesbians to report incidents of violence against them.

22 November 1991


Rex Cramphorn dies of an AIDS-related illness.

25 November 1991


Freddie Mercury of rock group Queen, dies of an AIDS-related illness.

27 November 1991


The AGM of Pride ratifies the new board: (President) David Wilkins, Gary Cox, Phillipa Playford, Malcolm Thorne, Adrian Gough, Paul Nicholson, Gilliam Minervini.

30 November 1991


The national tour of the AIDS Memorial Quilt, starts.

December 1991


The University of New South Wales School of Social Work removes the terms “deviance” and “abnormality” from the School’s curriculum.

December 1991


The Australian Drug Evaluation Committee and the Commonwealth Health Department has approved ddI for use in Australia with patients intolerant of AZT or with severe immunological deterioration.

December 1991


The latest incarnation of Rubies, on the old Crown Street site, opens.

December 1991


The SGLMG sacks general manager, Cath Phillips.

7 December 1991


The Summer Camp dance party is held at the Dome at the Showgrounds.

14 December 1991


2000AD, ‘Sydney’s legendary annual rave event’ is held at the Showgrounds.

21 December 1991


The Party Company present Spangles – dance for drugs – an AIDS fundraiser dance party is held at the the Banquet Hall, at the Showgrounds.

31 December 1991


Pride NYE dance party, Locker Room  is held at the Alexandria Stadium.

31 December 1991


Rat plus Sweatbox NYE Dance Party is held at the Banquet Hall, the Hordern Pavilion and the Royal Hall of Industries at the Showgrounds.

31 December 1991


The NYE Attitude dance party is held at the White Bay Studios, Rozelle.

Updated: 20 May 2016 by John Witte using copies of the Sydney Star Observer. Please advise of any omissions and errors.