Chronology

A chronology of lesbian and gay communities, movements, and venues in Sydney

1920s

 

1930s

 

1940s

 

1950s

 

1960 - 1966

1967

1968

1969

1970

1971

1972

1973

1974

1975

1976

1977

1978

1979

1980

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

1989

1990

1991

1992

1993

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

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2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

2001

 

Date

If not in Sydney  

Event

Jan 2001

 

A new guide HIV Tests and Treatments is launched by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation (AFAO) and the AIDS Council of NSW (ACON).

1 Jan 01

 

PRIDE’s Pagan Night is held at the old Showgrounds and attracts 8,000.

3 Jan 01

Adelaide

Police seize a book of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe. The Office of Film and Literature subsequently decides the book should be freely available.

11-12 Jan 01

 

The International Trade Union Confederation Lesbian and Gay Conference is held in Sydney.

Feb 2001

 

Former Satellite Group founders Greg Fisher and Jonathon Broster appear in the St James Local Court on criminal charges brought  by the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).

Feb 2001

 

Steve Dow’s book of essays about gay life in Australia, Gay is published.

Feb 2001

 

Kelly Gardiner is appointed Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) CEO.

Feb 2001

 

The Australian Tourism Commission launches its Gay Australia Guide.

1 Feb 01

 

OutFM returns for one month’s transmission until 28 Feb.

1 Feb 01

 

The appointment of a former Pharmaceutical industry lobbyist to the Federal Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee by the Federal Health Minister, leads to the resignation of Martyn Goddard, a consumer representative.

9 Feb 01

 

23,000 celebrate the launch of the 2001 Mardi Gras season on the forecourt of the Opera House.

6 Feb 01

 

CAMP Inc’s founder members and the curator of the LGBTI history exhibition, Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know Michael Flynn, mark the 30th anniversary of the first public meeting of CAMP Inc at St John’s Church Hall in Birchgrove.

16 Feb 01

 

Artist Trevor Fry is advised by Mardi Gras Festival director, David Fenton, that his work Favourite Things was removed from the Mardi Gras Nude Salon exhibition.

17 Feb 01

 

Hey Hetero! an exhibition of posters parodying the predominate heterosexual imagery by Deborah Kelly and Tina Fiveash is launched through Avant Cards and at the Seymour Centre.

23 Feb01

 

Cleansing Songs, a programme of music made up of works by lesbian and gay composers is performed at Government House.

27 Feb 01

 

The Gay and Lesbian Holocaust Memorial Project and South Sydney Council hold a dedication ceremony for the new Green Park monument.

March 2001

 

Queer City – Gay and Lesbian Politics in Sydney a collection of essays edited by Paul Van Reyk and Craig Johnston is launched.

March 2001

 

The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation records its most demanding month, with 467 clients requesting assistance.

1 March 01

 

Dr Marie Bashir, Governor Elect of NSW grants vice regal patronage to the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service (NSW).

3 March 01

 

The 24th annual Mardi Gras Parade is held. The lead float is titled Behind the Pink Picket Fence and is intended to send a strong political message about gay and lesbian parents and their children.

4 March 01

Canberra

Lucille Balls, the multi orbed dress designed by Ron Muncaster forms part of the Eternity exhibition at the National Museum of Australia.

6 March 01

 

The latest issue of the GLBTQ weekly, G, is shrouded in controversy as the editor and staff cease working and there is a rumoured break between the publisher and the investor.

9 March 01

 

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know, an exhibition that covers 100 years of Lesbian, gay and transgender history in NSW opens in the Fountain Court of the NSW Parliament House.

18 March 01

 

The UK television series, Queer as Folk screens on TV Channels 53 and 62 at 10pm.

26 March 01

 

George Pell is appointed Sydney’s Catholic Archbishop.

27 March 01

 

Company B Belvoir commences a sold- out season of the Laramie Project, a new play about Matthew Shepard who was beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming in 1998.

27 March 01

 

Feminist Eva Cox, addresses the first lesbian health forum, Stir It Up put on by ACON and the Lesbian Health Interagency Network.

29 March 01

 

A forum on gay male to male domestic violence is convened by LGBTQ community organisations and highlights a lack of resources for gay men.

31 March 01

 

The Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project is transferred to the responsibility of ACON.

April 2001

 

HomoLomo an exhibition of photos taken with old Lomo cameras, goes on display at the Stonewall Hotel.

1 April 01

Amsterdam

In a world first, a new law granting same sex marriage comes into effect in the Netherlands.

10 April 01

 

The Flinders Hotel sells for $3.74m at auction.

19 April 2001

 

Fruits in Suits is re-launched by the Gay and Lesbian Business Association at the W Hotel in Woolloomooloo.

21 April 2001

 

The Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt is displayed at Hall No.1 at Darling Harbour.

23 April 2001

 

A resolution proposed by the Australian Lesbian Medical Association to end discrimination against lesbian doctors and patients is passed by the Medical Women’s International Association.

28 April 01

 

Inquisition, a dance party, kicks off Sydney’s Leather Pride Week.

30 April 2001

 

Sydney gay man Johnnie Cass appears in the new reality TV show Big Brother.

May 2001

 

A community consortium continues the operations of the Positive Living Centre, after the South Eastern Sydney Area Health Service “de-funds” it.

May 2001

 

David McHugh, the new owner of the former Westpac Bank site at the corner of Crown and Oxford Street plans to convert it into a hotel/bar/restaurant.

May 2001

 

Sally Abrahams is appointed Executive Officer of Twenty10

May 2001

 

A gay survey conducted by recruitment TMP Worldwide found that 39.9% suffered discrimination and 11.7% said they have a “pink glass ceiling” in their workplace.

1 May 2001

 

A design proposal by South Sydney Council for Taylor Square, featuring outdoor seating, palm trees and a mist fountain goes on display.

6 May 2001

 

The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby (GLRL) launches its Parenting Consultation Report in conjunction with a Rainbow Babies Picnic.

7 May 2001

 

Kitty Fischer, key mover to establish the Gay Holocaust Memorial Project in Green Park, dies.

10 May 2001

 

The Collective Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) holds a demonstration against the installation of the new Roman Catholic Archbishop, George Pell at St Marys Cathedral.

18 May 2001

 

David Beschi, artist and venue owner, holds an exhibition of his work at the Quay Gallery.

25 May 2001

 

Aspirant gay and lesbian community broadcasters, OutFM and FreeFM fail in their bid for permanent FM broadcasting licences.

June 2001

 

Tim Berry and John Patterson buy the gay and lesbian lifestyle website, Outbiz.com.

June 2001

 

Sydney 2002 Gay Games appoints new CEO Geoffrey Williams and elects two new co-chairs, Bev Lange and Peter Bailey.

8 June 2001

 

Greg Fischer, former Managing Director of gay property and publishing company, the Satellite Group is committed to stand trial.

9 June 2001

 

4,000 attend ACON’s annual fundraiser dance Hand in Hand, themed Lust in Space.

27 June 2001

 

John Marsden wins $525,000 in damages in the Supreme Court for pederasty allegations contained in Channel Seven’s Today Tonight programme.

July 2001

 

Stevie Clayton is appointed as the new CEO of ACON.

July 2001

 

Creditors vote to liquidate the leaseholder of the Flinders Hotel, after incurring losses of $5,000 per week.

July 2001

Melbourne

Monash University researchers are hoping that Leutinizing Hormone Releasing Hormone has the potential to rebuild the immune system by stimulating the thymus gland.

July 2001

 

ACON appoints a women’s health promotion officer.

1 July 2001

 

Revolution ’69 Dance Party, a fund raiser for the PRIDE Centre is held.

7 July 2001

 

John Marsden calls for a judicial inquiry into alleged collusion between the NSW Police Service and the Channel Seven Network in preparing a defamatory broadcast.

12 July 2001

 

19 year old gay man Angel, the creator of Mogenic.com celebrates the first year of his first Australian gay and lesbian youth website that had become a world-wide hit.

13 July 2001

 

Theo Onisforou purchases the Albury Hotel. The ground floor will become shops and the bars moved upstairs.

17 July 2001

 

The 12th General Synod of the Anglican Church receives a report Faithfulness in Fellowship that considers biblical, theological and scientific data on homosexuality.

August 2001

Canberra

Homophobia And Sexuality Discrimination In Sport, guidelines to address sexuality discrimination in sport, is released by the Federal Liberal Sports Minister, Jackie Kelly.

Aug 2001

 

Gordon Wheatley joins PRIDE as General Manager.

7 August 01

 

The GLRL calls on lesbian and gay couples to identify themselves in the national census.

25 Aug 01

 

Julie Regan is elected for a second term as President of  SGLMG.

29 Aug 01

Canberra

Democrats Brian Greig moves an urgency motion in the Senate to “enact national laws against sexuality discrimination”. The motion is passed with support of Labor and the Greens.

Sept 2001

 

19 year old Mogenic web site creator Angel is appointed co-convenor of the youth support group Twenty10.

Sept 2001

 

GLRL launches a new campaign to alert the community to discriminatory provisions in Federal Superannuation legislation.

Sept 2001

 

South Sydney Council releases proposals to re-design Taylor Square.

Sept 2001

 

Edward Young, the partner of a deceased WWII veteran refused a widower’s pension by the Federal Department of Veteran Affairs, will have his case heard by the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations.

Sept 2001

 

A community consortium headed by ACON will run the Positive Living Centre in Darlinghurst.

11 Sept 01

 

People across Sydney wait for news from friends and colleagues after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon.

11 Sept 01

New York

It is speculated that Mark Bingham a 31 year old public relations executive and rugby league enthusiast helped down the fourth terrorist hijacked plane before it could reach its target.

20 Sept 01

 

Gay man, John Fowler, is elected for a second term as the Mayor of South Sydney.

25 Sept 01

 

William Yang’s performance Blood Links opens at the Sydney Opera House.

29 Sept 01

 

15,000 attend the SGLMG Sleaze Ball, themed Beastiality.

Oct 2001

 

The Family Court upholds the legality of a female to male trans-sexual’s marriage to a woman after a challenge by the Federal Attorney General.

8 Oct 2001

Melbourne

The Sixth International Congress of AIDS in Asia and the Pacific is held.

27 Oct 01

 

The Albury Hotel, owned in partnership by Leigh Jennings and Nanette Theakstone, closes after 22 years as a gay hotel.

Nov 2001

 

Don Baxter is appointed executive director of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO).

Nov 2001

 

Father Austin Day, the rector of Christ Church St Laurence and among the first to provide pastoral care for people with HIV/AIDS dies.

9 Nov 01

 

Gerald Lawrence, activist with SGLMG, GLRL, PRIDE and ACON dies.

24 Nov 01

 

The annual AIDS Candlelight commemoration is held with the numbers down to less than 100.

26 Nov 01

 

The shareholding base of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Community Publishing, publishers of the Sydney Star Observer, is increased by 200 shares.

Dec 2001

 

Lachlan Warner, a gay Buddhist artist, wins the Blake Prize for Religious Art.

Dec 2001

 

Premier Bob Carr, agrees to waive fees to hold the SGLMG Parade, possibly saving the organisation from financial ruin.

Dec 2001

 

The upgrade of Taylor Square by South Sydney Council is shelved.

7 Dec 01

 

Richard Wherrett, theatre director, SGLMG party director and author dies.

19 Dec 01

Melbourne

Joy Melbourne, the gay and lesbian community radio station wins its battle to gain a full time broadcasting licence.

Updated: 10/07/14