In the 1950-70's, the Camp world staked out a handful of pubs in the city, Paddington and Kings Cross which tolerated or catered for Camps in otherwise straight venues.

They ranged from the regular to piss elegant...

Ian MacNeill remembers camp life in the early 60s.


In the mid to late 70s, job-based groups became active to prevent discrimination and sackings and to tackle ignorance about homosexuality. The most active was the Gay Teachers and the Lesbian Teachers Groups.

Ian MacNeill was also an active member.


Sydney’s gay movement did not have access to a body of literature.

Independent authors like Ian MacNeill based their novels on the gay experience.




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MacNeill, Ian


Date of interview15 August 2012


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Ian talks about: Professor McConnaghy; coming out; Windsor Castle Hotel; Lorenzini’s Wine Bar; Purple Onion; Dawn O’Donnell; Trolley Car; Peter Bonsall-Boone;  The Boys In the Band; gay liberation; 4th National  Homosexual Conference; Mike Clohesy; 33a Glebe Point Road; Gay Teachers and Students; Geoffrey Ostling; Young Gay and Proud; NSW Teachers Federation; Campaign; Gavin Harris; Robert Laurie, Margaret  Bradstock; Louise Wakeling; Gay Community News; Gary Dunne; Blackwattle Press; Laurin McKinnon; Cargo; Jill Jones; Burn; Gay Men’s Rap;


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