1. Forum - "Out In The Streets"
  2. QueerScreen - Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters
  3. 100 Voices - 1978 Mardi Gras: It was a riot
  4. PridePOD

 

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.

 

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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.

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.

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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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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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We welcome participation from individuals wishing to tell their story.

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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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