1. Sydney Culture Walks app
  2. 100 Voices - 1978 Mardi Gras: It was a riot
  3. The first Mardi Gras: 40 years on
  4. Forum - "Out In The Streets"
  5. QueerScreen - Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters
  6. History Walk - CBD Chapels of Lurv
  7. Exhibition - Serving In Silence?
  8. PridePOD

 

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PHG have collaborated with City of Sydney to develop a new LGBTIQ history walk for their free Sydney Culture Walks app. A walk along Oxford Street that takes in the history of drag shows, discos, protests, parties and even a queer bushranger.

 

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Walk through a rich history of parties and protests, synonymous with LGBTIQ life in Sydney.

This self-guided walking tour of Oxford Street has been developed in partnership with Pride History Group.

Archivist, historian and activist Robert French has been leading LGBTIQ history walks in Sydney for nearly 30 years and we are grateful for his advice and guidance in the development of this tour.

The Pride History Group has a collection of over 100 oral history interviews that bear witness to the queering of Sydney. An overview is available online at 100 Voices.

To download the app via iTunes and Google Play, please visit Sydney Culture Walks app

 

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 1978 Mardi Gras: It was a riot

 

The first Mardi Gras (24th June 1978) was an attempt to get the bar goers involved in an open display of homosexuality and ended in a riot with police.

"The 78ers" are pushed down Oxford Street by police. The lead sound truck is taken by police and the parade spontaneously moves to Kings Cross. The crowd grows to 2000 and subsequently 53 are arrested, some seriously beaten by police.

People involved with the next few parades feared impending police arrests but eventually changing social attitudes saw the mardi gras increasingly embraced by the wider population. Today it is a hugely popular display of LGBTIQ identity and struggle.



Activists dreamed up the idea of a street party in Oxford Street to engage “apolitical” gays in the bars. Police violence on the night to break up the street party, changed the history of Sydney’s lesbian and gay community.

Ron Austin and Peter Murphy explain the logic of a “street party”. 

Diane Minnis gives some background to the first Mardi Gras.

Robyn Plaister describes the events at College (sic “Collins”) Street.

Peter Murphy and Terry Batterham relate what happened after this.

Stuart Round talks about Darlinghurst Road.

John Greenway tells what happened to the unbanked cash from CAMP, and Chris Pearce describes the night in the cells.

Terry Goulden assesses the fallout.

 

Is this you Miss Plaister? © Daily Telegraph Source: from Digby Duncan’s Scrapbook, Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives


The first Mardi Gras: 40 years on


Forty years on, we’re still arguing about what happened at the first Mardi Gras. Who was there and what were they trying to do? Why did 53 of them end up in the Darlo clink? Why do they still expect apologies?

John Witte and Gavin Harris claim that when the cops confiscated their flat back, the revelers repeated defied their directions. Then when Inspector Millar told his men that the revelers were taking part in an unauthorised procession, the heavy-handed cops went for it.

Read the evidence and have your say.

 


 

Gavin Harris and John Witte have collaborated on a number of research projects for the 40th anniversary of the first mardi gras parade including research for the ABC telemovie, "Riot". This Q & A format we thought would be a good introduction to the main topics discussed when people talk about the first parade.

We will also be using the KXACF web site to publish a more comprehensive story of the night sometime in February 2018. This article originally appeared at https://kxacf.org.au/the-first-mardi-gras-40-years-on/

 


 

ABC TV - Telemovie "Riot" Trailer - February 25

Inspired by actual events during Australia’s 1970s Gay Rights Movement, Riot explores the origins of the activism that led to the world's first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. #RiotABC

 

Photo: Gay Rights march, George Street, Sydney, 15 July 1978, photograph by Geoff Friend, courtesy Geoff Friend and Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
 

Out in the Streets: A history of LGBTIQ activism in Sydney

Kings Cross Library and Community Centre
Level 1, 50–52 Darlinghurst Road
Kings Cross NSW 2011

Tuesday, February 20th 2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
( 6.00pm for 6.30 start )

This is a free community event
Pre-registration is required - Click here

 

Out in the Streets is a panel discussion to analyse Sydney's vibrant history of LGBTIQ activism.

Marriage Equality is the most recent issue to galvanise the LGBTIQ and broader communities into action. But ME is part of a much longer history, with victories on the road to equality won through the persistence of our activists and the resilience of our community.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Sydney Mardi Gras, but also the approaching 50th anniversary of pioneering Gay Lib organisation C.A.M.P. (the 'Campaign Against Moral Persecution'), the UTS Australian Centre for Public History teams with the City of Sydney and Sydney’s Pride History Group to present this important public event.

Join us up at Kings Cross, in a part of Sydney that is full of significance for LGBTIQ histories.

 

Photo: Gay Rights march, George Street, Sydney, 15 July 1978, photograph by Geoff Friend, courtesy Geoff Friend and Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives

 

Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters’

 

Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters

Event Cinema, George Street

Sunday, February 25th 2018
3:30 pm

Purchase Tix - Click here

As part of the 40th Anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Queerscreen is showing the documentary ‘Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters’.

This is the story of the very first Mardi Gras from those who were there on the night of the 24th June, 1978. Documenting the police brutality and the events and political action that unfolded afterwards

The film has been restored by the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.

 

original poster

 

SOPI History Walk - Newtown

 

History Walk - CBD Chapels of Lurv

Hosted by Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Sunday 25th February

Green Park
corner of Victoria and Burton Sts, Darlinghurst

Please arrive 9.30am for 9.45 start - 1pm
Please RSVP - Click here

 

In the spirit of the celebration of the Mardi Gras Season, the Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence will be undertaking a Living History Walk: this year they will be focusing on the public anonymous sex venues, beats or Chapels of Lurv of the inner East and CBD.

The Sisters have been undertaking these walks annually for over 27 years – with each of their walks focusing the Gay, Lesbian and Queer lifestyles in separate geographical areas of Sydney.

The walk will be led by Activist, Historian and Author Robert French.

These are called Living History Walks, because Robert & the Sisters will be inviting and encouraging people to share their stories of what they did, where they went, who they met [but always on the best of taste, of course!].

Mind you, the Sisters themselves can sometimes show a little lack of taste … !

These Walks are an absolutely vital way to keep out own queer history alive, as queer history is often swept under the mats, and conveniently forgotten.

The Sisters encourage participants to wear sensible shoes, block-out and a hat.

The walk will proceed in all weathers, short of Armageddon.

 

 

GLBTIQ Military Mardi Gras

 

Serving in Silence?
Australian LGBTI Military Service Since 1945 (Sydney)

Hosted by Shirleene Robinson and Noah Riseman

27 February - 4 March

Tap Gallery Sydney
1/259 Riley St, Surry Hills

12pm - 6pm

 

The ban on open gay, lesbian and bisexual military service in Australia was not lifted until 1992. It was not until even later, in 2010, that transgender personnel were able to serve openly.

Despite this, there is a rich history of LGBTI service in the Australian military since the Second World War (and earlier). There are accounts of great courage, of talent and of promise lost due to pointless discrimination. So many individuals served their country while being forced to be silent about who they were, and this exhibition explores their important contribution and experiences.

This exhibition commemorate 25 years since the ban was lifted, and brings to light an under acknowledged part of Australian history through photographs, objects, documents and the life stories of current and former service personnel to explore how LGBTI Defence members navigated their lives in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force. The exhibition includes tales of lesbian subcultures, witch-hunts targeting homosexuals for expulsion, kamp men in Papua New Guinea, participation in Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and the changing Defence approaches to LGBTI service.

This exhibition is co-sponsored by the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives and Sydney Pride History Group as part of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

 

pridePOD

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

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

Visit: pridePOD on SoundCloud

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Mardi Gras Fair Day

Victoria Park, Camperdown
Sunday February 18 - from 10am

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PHG presents "Out in the Streets: A history of LGBTIQ activism in Sydney"

Kings Cross Library
Tues, Feb 20 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30 pm

Out in the Streets is a panel discussion to analyse Sydney's vibrant history of LGBTIQ activism.

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Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence "History Walk: CBD Chapels of Lurv"

Green Park
Sunday, February 25 2018 - arrive 9.30am for 9.45am start - 1pm

In the spirit of the celebration of the Mardi Gras Season, the Sisters of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence will be undertaking a Living History Walk: this year they will be focusing on the public anonymous sex venues, beats or Chapels of Lurv of the inner East and CBD.

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QueerScreen presents "Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters"

Event Cinema, George Street
Sunday, February 25 2018 - 3:30 pm

This is the story of the very first Mardi Gras from those who were there on the night of the 24th June, 1978, documenting the police brutality and the events and political action that unfolded afterwards.

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ABC TV - Telemovie "Riot"

February 25

Inspired by actual events during Australia’s 1970s Gay Rights Movement, Riot explores the origins of the activism that led to the world's first Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. #RiotABC

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PHG and ALGA presents "Serving in Silence? Australian LGBTI Military Service Since 1945 (Sydney)"

Tap Gallery, 1/259 Riley St, Surry Hills
27 February - 4 March 2018
12pm - 6pm

This exhibition commemorate 25 years since the ban on LGBTI military service in Australia was lifted. So many individuals served their country while being forced to be silent about who they were, and this exhibition explores their important contribution and experiences.

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Meetings are held every third Monday, each month, at 6.30pm.

Members and visitors are invited to our meetings at St Helens Community Centre, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (yellow meeting rooms next to Benledi)

Pride History is a volunteer community group dedicated to researching, writing about and recording memories of Sydney's LGBTI history.

We welcome participation from individuals wishing to tell their story.

If you would like to be involved and help us to record and preserve Sydney's LGBTI histories, please contact us.

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Meetings are held every third Monday, each month, at 6.30pm.

Members and visitors are invited to our meetings at St Helens Community Centre, 184 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (yellow meeting rooms next to Benledi)

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