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

2009

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

 

2000

 

A chronology of lesbian and gay communities and movements in Sydney.


 

Date

If not in Sydney

Event

Jan 2000

Perth

The Satellite Group buys Perth’s only gay newspaper, The Westside Observer. It now owns 80% of the Australian gay and lesbian media.

Jan 2000

 

NSW Attorney General, Jeff Shaw announces a community education campaign to explain new same sex partner rights following on from the Property (Relationships) Act of 1999.

Jan 2000

 

Tony Abbott, the Federal Employment Services Minister, argues in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that religious employment agencies should be free to impose their values on their employees.

Jan 2000

 

The Young Liberal Movement, at its national convention, calls for gay and lesbian couples to be given the same status as heterosexual de facto couples.

Jan 2000

 

The NSW Industrial Commission dismisses an attempt by three Roman Catholic schools in Sydney to introduce enterprise agreements requiring teachers to “support the Catholic ethos”.

Jan 2000

 

The NSW Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) recommends the replacement of references to the word “homosexual” discrimination with a catch all term “sexuality”.

Jan 2000

 

Tony Grier is appointed male Co-President of PRIDE.

1 Jan 00

 

Queer Time, PRIDE’s NYE Party is attended by 10,000.

1 Jan 00

 

Dr David Schwartz receives a Compaq Community Star Award for his work among prison inmates and in the gay community.

1 Jan 00

 

The Federal Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Act makes internet sites subject to the same classification and censorship guidelines as publishing and broadcasting.

27 Jan 00

 

A new gay men’s magazine DNA, hits the newsagents’ shelves around Australia.

28 Jan 00

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announces that the 2000 parade will be broadcast on pay per view Main Event, on Channel 10 and by Telstra by net cast on Telstra.com.

28 Jan 00

 

In a first for the NSW Liberal Party, its Darlinghurst Surry Hills branch announces it will enter a float in the 2000 Mardi Gras Parade.

29-30 Jan 00

Melbourne

The Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights pledges to fight for equal rights in superannuation and to support the Federal Sexuality Discrimination Bill during 2000.

31 Jan 00

 

John Marsden’s defamation action against Channel Seven resumes in the Supreme Court.

Feb 2000

 

The AIDS Council of NSW launches the safe sex campaign Give a Fuck aimed at men who go to sex-on-premises venues.

Feb 2000

 

Author Ian MacNeill launches his new book Sweet Horizons.

Feb 2000

 

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority refuses to grant total user pays exemptions for the Mardi Gras Parade, with the Mardi Gras organisation expecting to incur costs of $19,000.

Feb 2000

 

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, a mermaid sculpture by artist Pip Playford, is installed in the Botanical Gardens as part of the Queer Reflections exhibition.

Feb 2000

 

Michael Costa, the NSW Labor Council Secretary, launches his organisation’s new book It Takes All Sorts, describing it as “an important first step in establishing more tolerant and fair workplaces”.

Feb 2000

 

The NSW Attorney General’s Department launches the Approved Counselling Scheme by which gay and lesbian survivors of violent crime can access counselling by experienced gay and lesbian service providers.

Feb 2000

 

The Women’s Legal Resource Centre, the Redfern Legal Centre, the Law Foundation of NSW and the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, launch Lesbians and the Law, a booklet explaining how the Property (Relationships) Legislation Amendment Act 1999, impacts on lesbian relationships.

Feb 2000

 

Sergeant Sue Trusty is appointed the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer at Surry Hills Police Station.

4 Feb 00

 

The Sydney Star Observer launches its new website which incorporates interactive polls, chat and feedback for the first time.

6 Feb 00

 

The Asian Gay and Lesbian Pride Group marches in the Sydney Chinese New Year Parade for the first time.

7 Feb 00

 

The AIDS Council of NSW releases Future Directions discussion paper, which re-defines its goals toward a progressive, broad-based gay and lesbian health organisation with a continuing focus on HIV and AIDS.

11 Feb 00

 

30,000 attend the launch of the Mardi Gras Festival. Speakers and performers include transsexual NZ MP Georgina Beyer, Tiddas and the Tongan women’s group Manuhiri.

12 Feb 00

 

Mardi Gras Team Sydney Sports Festival is launched at Mission Field, Centennial Park.

15 Feb 00

 

Federal Opposition Financial Services spokesperson, Stephen Conroy introduces a private senator’s bill into the Senate which seeks to remove discrimination against gay and lesbian partners seeking access to superannuation benefits.

15 Feb 00

 

Artist John Douglas exhibits a series of paintings of his friends who have died of AIDS in an exhibition called Dead Friends.

17 – 27 Feb 00

 

The 2000 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival proves a success with 29 sell out sessions and 23,000 tickets sold.

19-20Feb 00

 

The Lesbian Parenting Conference at the University of Sydney brings together lesbian families from across Australia.

20 Feb 00

 

70,000 attend Fair Day at Victoria Park Camperdown.

25 Feb 00

 

66 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, is announced as a legal injecting space.

26 Feb 00

 

Shop Yourself Stupid this year is extended to Broadway Shopping Centre and the Queen Victoria Building.

27 Feb 00

 

The Metropolitan Community Church holds a service at the Heffron Hall to bless the Mardi Gras.

March 2000

 

The editor of the Australian Jewish News is called before the Beth Din – the Jewish court of Australia – to explain his paper’s positive coverage of the Jewish float in the 2000 Mardi Gras parade.

March 2000

 

The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby unveils the Gay and Lesbian History Project which aims to document the history and development of inner Sydney’s gay and lesbian communities throughout the 20th century.

March 2000

 

Marrickville Mayor, Councillor Barry Cotter calls for expressions of interest for membership of the Council’s proposed Gay and Lesbian Community Liaison Committee.

March 2000

 

Gay Freethinkers begins meeting every Monday night at the Pride Centre. The Group aims to encourage free thinking and friendship among members.

March 2000

 

The University of NSW Gay and Lesbian Services Department sets up a support group call Strength in Numbers to meet in a supportive environment and discuss issues related to sexuality.

March 2000

 

A scientific study by Dr Robert Szabo and Professor Robert Short is released and suggests there is a strong link between HIV rates of infection in the developing world and the practice of circumcision.

4 March 00

 

7,200 marchers, 200 floats and 600,000 spectators take part or watch the 23rd Mardi Gras parade. At the party there is a women’s and a men’s tent and a cabaret featuring such performers as Samantha Leith, Joyleen Hairmouth and Tina C.

13 March 00

 

The newly renovated Positive Living Centre which provides a meeting place, meals and referral services for HIV+ clients, in the old Surry Hills Police Station, is opened by Justice Michael Kirby.

14 March 00

 

The Administrative Decisions Tribunal hears a claim by Richard Heystraten, a former chef at the Positive Living Centre, that he was refused treatment for a severed finger by the Surry Hills Medical Centre on 24/2/99, because of his HIV+ status. His case is dismissed on 19/3/00.

16 March 00

Vermont, USA

The Vermont House gives final approval to a bill to grant benefits to same sex couples. It creates a new category for long term relationships called “civil unions” and treats these similarly to marriage in areas such as child custody, family leave benefits, probate law and workers’ compensation.

16 March 00

 

Bill Gray, a.k.a. Land Turnip, a fixture at almost all of Sydney’s drag community fund raisers, dies from a heart attack, aged 36.

25 March 00

 

Sublime Dance Club closes its Pitt Street doors, before re-opening at Home.

29 March 00

 

George Petersen a former NSW ALP Parliamentarian dies.

31 March 00

 

The Australian Broadcasting Authority receives 124 complaints about internet content in the first 3 months of the Federal Government’s Internet Content Scheme.

1 April 00

 

The Metropolitan Community Church takes possession of its new home at 96 Crystal Street Petersham. Originally built as a church in 1940, the building recently housed the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company.

10 April 00

 

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Housing, Andrew Refshauge, launches a housing project for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Project was developed by NSW Health, the NSW Department of Housing and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

17 April 00

 

A downturn on the stock exchange hits the share value of Satellite Group shares.

18 April 00

 

Lou-Anne Lind and Chris Maynard are elected as the two new Co-Presidents of the PRIDE Centre.

22-24 Apr 00

 

The Australian Gaymes are held at Sydney University.

26 April 00

 

Out and Out a radio documentary on lesbian parenting broadcasts on 2SERFM.

29 April 00

 

Sydney Leather Pride Association holds Basilica and Inquisition dance parties.

29 April 00

 

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras rejects a proposal which would have enabled bisexual applicants to be accepted as members without further justification.

29-30 April 00

 

2,000 people visit the full display of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Exhibition and Convention Centre Darling Harbour.

May 2000

 

FPA Health (formerly Family Planning NSW) distributes a new education resource, the Yes You Are leaflet, in response to requests from secondary school teachers for material to use for lesson plans on sexual orientation and sexual health.

May 2000

 

The third state-wide anti-homophobia campaign funded by the Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Attorney-General’s Department is launched to encourage young people to take a stand against homophobia.

May 2000

 

The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre launches the HIV/AIDS Sentencing Kit, designed to assist barristers and solicitors present accurate and current information about HIV to judges and magistrates before a sentence is passed on a positive person.

May 2000

 

The Australian Medical Association elects its first woman federal president, an out lesbian, Dr Kerryn Phelps.

May 2000

 

On the 250,000 strong Reconciliation March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge about 600 people followed the gay and lesbian Black + White + Pink Banner.

May 2000

 

The Anti-Homophobia Access and Equity Kit is launched at the Penrith Council by Chris Puplick, Chair of the Anti-Discrimination Board.

4 May 00

 

The Oxford Hotel is auctioned.

6 May 00

 

The Aurora Foundation, an organisation which aims to raise funds for gay and lesbian community organisations, is launched.

6 May 00

 

The Erskineville premises of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is sprayed with anti-gay slogans.

7 May 00

 

DCM nightclub is raided at 4am by Surry Hills Police and Licensing Enforcement Agency and is issued a notice to suspend trading for 72 hours after a quantity of drugs is found.

26 May 00

 

The High Court refuses to grant Guo Ping (Simon) Gui, a gay Chinese man who is afraid of being imprisoned for his homosexuality on his return to China, special leave to appeal against a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal not to grant him a protection visa.

27 May 00

 

In a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, Neal Blewett, the former Hawke Cabinet Minister, comes out, discussing his long standing partnership with Robert Brain.

June 2000

 

NSW employees who take time off to care for a parent, partner or child are protected from workplace discrimination, by Legislation passed by the NSW Legislative Assembly.

June 2000

New York

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor tells Curve, an American lesbian magazine, that she is a lesbian.

June 2000

 

Managing Director of the Satellite Group, Greg Fisher, announces plans to sell property and concentrate on gay media, in response to the Group’s sluggish share price.

June 2000

 

An Australian research team is awarded a $27 million contract by the US National Institute of Health as a part of a world wide effort to develop an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine.

June 2000

 

The Satellite Group announces the sale of the Beresford Hotel.

1 June 00

 

A bondage themed display featuring two bound female dummies wrapped in plastic, designed by Rachel Lafferty for the ACON Sweat Party, at the Oxford Street S(A)X Leather shop is censored by the South Sydney Council.

10 June 00

 

Hand in Hand, a fundraiser for ACON, presents Sweat, a dance party at the Hordern Pavilion and the Dome in the old Showgrounds.

24 June 00

 

200 people join a Pride Week rally organised by Collective Action Against Homophobia. Gay writer and activist, Craig Johnston addresses the crowd.

24 June 00

 

The fourth National HIV/AIDS Strategy meeting, Changes and Challenges is launched by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and is aimed at addressing and responding to HIV/AIDS in the face of increasing complacency.

24 June 00

 

At a fundraising dinner attended by 400 people, the Aurora Foundation raises at least $100,000 for gay and lesbian organisations.

29 June 00

 

A forum facilitated by the Cumberland Women’s Health Centre concerning violence against lesbians is held at Westmead Hospital.

29 June – 2 July 00

 

The Australian Lesbian Medical Association Conference features a discussion on isolation, workplace discrimination and homophobia.

30 June 00

 

The NSW Attorney General Jeff Shaw resigns to return to his law practice. Shaw is seen by the GLBTI community as an effective reformer for gay rights.

July 2000

 

The Luncheon Club moves into a new home, at 255 Wilson Street, Redfern.

1 July 00

 

Four gay men are elected councillors on the 15 member South Sydney Council.

5 July 00

 

The Satellite Group requests the Australian Stock Exchange halt trading in the company’s shares. Managing director, Greg Fisher is asked to resign.

12 July 00

 

John Fowler, an openly gay member of the Community Independents, is voted the new Mayor of South Sydney.

15 July 00

 

The Australian Democrats field a ticket for the Strathfield Council elections with a ticket headed by openly gay man Carl Piraino.

Aug 2000

 

Damian Meyer takes over from Rodney Croome, as a co-convenor of the Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

Aug 2000

 

The owner of Campaign Indrani Bandyopadhyay, puts the magazine on the market.

4 Aug 00

 

The President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission affirms that “faith-based” job networks are subject to international and national discrimination laws when dealing with employees.

19 Aug 00

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir perform in the Sydney Dance Company production of Mythologia.

23 Aug 00

 

Julie Regan is elected President of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

29 Aug 00

Canberra

The Federal Government withdraws from the United Nations Human Rights Committees and will obstruct monitoring of Australian human rights.

Sept 2000

 

Representatives from 20 community organisations meet at a forum called Collaboration 2000 aimed to address issues facing the GLBT community and the changing face and complacency about HIV/AIDS.

Sept 2000

 

Edges an exhibition examining the lives of lesbians and gay men scheduled for the 2001 Mardi Gras Festival at the Liverpool Regional Museum, receives funding from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Sept 2000

 

Giorgio Armani reveals his bisexuality in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

1 Sept 00

 

The annual queerDoc Film Festival opens with the screening of Paragraph 175.

4 Sept 00

 

Kerryn Phelps and Julie McCrossin and 100 women debate issues around fertility treatments at an event organised by Lezbiz.

6 Sept 00

Melbourne

The Victorian Equal Opportunity Bill is passed through the Upper House and includes anti-discrimination coverage for people who cross-dress, the first protection in Australia.

11 Sept 11

 

Joe de Bruyn, National Secretary of the Shop Assistants’ Union, is unsuccessful in urging the ALP National Executive to allow a conscience vote on the Howard Government’s planned move to limit IVF access to married couples and heterosexual de facto couples.

14 Sept 00

 

Crowds swamp Oxford Street for the passing of the Olympic Torch at 520pm. 80 year old former Olympian, Lola Hardinge-Irma was followed by a troupe of drag queens to the sounds of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana.

25 Sept 00

 

Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australia’s first out lesbian to compete at the Olympic Games, qualifies in 6th place for the final of the women’s discus.

Oct 2000

 

The AIDS Council of NSW appoints a lesbian health project officer. The project will include the development of a health policy for lesbians, the inclusion of lesbian issues in current government health policy and advocacy around equity and access to health care for lesbians.

Oct 2000

 

The 22nd Annual Reclaim the Night Rally through the streets of Sydney to Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour hear speeches from Meredith Burgmann and Betty Little.

Oct 2000

 

The Ghost of Ludwig Gertsch a novel by Sandra Harvey is published.

Oct 2000

 

Neighbours to a Glenhaven transitional home to treat lesbians, appeal to the Land and Environment Court. The local council had previously approved the home for Mercy Ministries, a part of the Hills Christian Life Centre.

1 Oct 00

 

42 drag queens burst into the limelight at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony as part of the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert segment.

5 Oct 00

 

The new private drinking rooms at the top of the Oxford Hotel, previously called Gilligan’s, is renamed Ginger’s.

8 Oct 00

 

$12,000 is distributed in grants to lesbian community projects across Australia, by Lesbians Incorporated, the successor to the Lesbian Space Project.

10 Oct 00

 

The NSW Greens fail to get amendments for the right of same sex couples to adopt included in the Adoption Bill 2000 passed by the NSW Upper House.

16 Oct 00

 

The Drag Industry Variety Wards are held at the Hordern Pavilion, hosted by Portia Turbo and Penny Tration.

17 Oct 00

 

Pauline Pantsdown runs a Woollahra leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay to the “complete bemusement” and “gracious adulation” of the locals.

17 Oct 00

 

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference makes a successful application to apply to the Full Bench of the High Court to examine the Victorian legal decision of 28 July removing restrictions on lesbians and single women to access fertility treatments in Victoria.

21 Oct 00

 

The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby begin a series of community consultations focusing on parenting issues of lesbians and gay men.

25 Oct 00

 

A motion to merge the resources, membership and format of aspirant FM broadcasters, OutFM and FreeFM is lost at the OutFM annual general meeting.

26 Oct 00

 

Katy Reade and Anthony Schembri are elected co-convenors of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby for 2001.

29 Oct 00

 

Bill Whittaker is elected President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

31 Oct 00

 

The NSW Special Minister of State, John Della Bosca, announces legislation that extends the definition of a de facto relationship to include same sex couples and provide partners of public service members of defined benefit superannuation schemes a benefit when they die.

Nov 2000

 

The Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service launches a new database based on calls received since 1995, which will be used to tailor counselling training and streamline calls.

Nov 2000

 

A Senate inquiry is held into the Sex Discrimination Act, following a Federal Court decision that found that Victoria’s IVF laws discriminated against single women.

Nov 2000

 

Various Australian state gay and lesbian counselling services unite as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Community Counselling.

Nov 2000

 

A Bill which attempts to bring superannuation schemes in line with the Property Relationships Act 1999, by extending the definition of de-facto to same sex couples, passes the NSW Legislative Assembly.

2 Nov 00

 

The PRIDE Centre holds its second Collaborations Forum. The focus is the interaction between the media and community groups.

11 Nov 00

 

A sell-out crowd of 14,000 attend the annual Sleaze Ball, this year themed 2000 Degrees at the old Sydney Showgrounds.

17 Nov 00

 

The Board of Directors of the Satellite Group announce they have appointed an administrator to the company.

21 Nov 00

 

200 people attend the annual Candlelight rally.

24 Nov 00

 

The Satellite Group’s administrator closes all the Satellite newspapers including Capital Q in Sydney. 50 staff across Australia are laid off.

24-25 Nov 00

Melbourne

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives hosts the Australian Homosexual Histories Conference at the University of Melbourne.

25 Nov 00

Gold Coast

The Annual Community Broadcasting Association of Australian awards the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence History Walk the Best Spoken Word, Programming News, Current Affairs and Documentaries Award.

28 Nov 00

 

Australian researchers at Verax Holdings Ltd, receive the green light to push forward with human trials of a treatment vaccine for HIV.

Dec 2000

 

Clive Faro and Garry Wotherspoon publish Street Seen: A History of Oxford Street.

1 Dec 00

 

The Leichhardt Hotel which has been the hangout for groups like the Dykes on Bikes and a well-known Sydney lesbian pub, closes.

1 Dec 00

 

Staff of the former Sydney GLBTQ paper, Capital Q put out a new paper G. It is published by the Lencut P/L Group.

2 Dec 00

 

Sydney Out Now Expo, a consumer trade show organised by consultancy firm Significant Others and directed at gay men and lesbians, is held at the Millennium Hotel and attracts 2,500 visitors.

4 Dec 00

 

Acts of Passion Campaign, which aims to improve the GLBTQ Community’s understanding of new laws governing same-sex relationships, is launched by the Attorney-General’s Department.

9 Dec 00

 

The Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases, Chris Puplick, convenes a summit to discuss the broad strategic response to HIV.

19 Dec 00

 

The Beauchamp and the Beresford Hotels, 2 former assets of the Satellite Group, go on the market. 

Date

If not in Sydney

Event

January 2000

Perth

The Satellite Group buys Perth’s only gay newspaper, The Westside Observer. It now owns 80% of the Australian gay and lesbian media.

January 2000

 

NSW Attorney General, Jeff Shaw announces a community education campaign to explain new same sex partner rights following on from the Property (Relationships) Act of 1999.

January 2000

 

Tony Abbott, the Federal Employment Services Minister, argues in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald that religious employment agencies should be free to impose their values on their employees.

January 2000

 

The Young Liberal Movement, at its national convention, calls for gay and lesbian couples to be given the same status as heterosexual de facto couples.

January 2000

 

The NSW Industrial Commission dismisses an attempt by three Roman Catholic schools in Sydney to introduce enterprise agreements requiring teachers to “support the Catholic ethos”.

January 2000

 

Robert Reynold’s Camp to Queer is published.

January 2000

 

The NSW Law Reform Commission’s Review of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 (NSW) recommends the replacement of references to the word “homosexual” discrimination with a catch all term “sexuality”.

January 2000

 

Tony Grier is appointed male Co-President of PRIDE.

1 January 2000

 

Queer Time, PRIDE’s NYE Party is attended by 10,000.

1 January 2000

 

Dr David Schwartz receives a Compaq Community Star Award for his work among prison inmates and in the gay community.

1 January 2000

 

The Federal Broadcasting Services Amendment (Online Services) Act makes internet sites subject to the same classification and censorship guidelines as publishing and broadcasting.

27 January 2000

 

A new gay men’s magazine DNA, hits the newsagents’ shelves around Australia.

28 January 2000

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras announces that the 2000 parade will be broadcast on pay per view Main Event, on Channel 10 and by Telstra by net cast on Telstra.com.

28 January 2000

 

In a first for the NSW Liberal Party, its Darlinghurst Surry Hills branch announces it will enter a float in the 2000 Mardi Gras Parade.

29-30 January 2000

Melbourne

The Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights pledges to fight for equal rights in superannuation and to support the Federal Sexuality Discrimination Bill during 2000.

31 January 2000

 

John Marsden’s defamation action against Channel Seven resumes in the Supreme Court.

February 2000

 

The AIDS Council of NSW launches the safe sex campaign Give a Fuck aimed at men who go to sex-on-premises venues.

February 2000

 

Author Ian MacNeill launches his new book Sweet Horizons.

February 2000

 

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority refuses to grant total user pays exemptions for the Mardi Gras Parade, with the Mardi Gras organisation expecting to incur costs of $19,000.

February 2000

 

She Loves Me, She Loves Me Not, a mermaid sculpture by artist Pip Playford, is installed in the Botanical Gardens as part of the Queer Reflections exhibition.

February 2000

 

Michael Costa, the NSW Labor Council Secretary, launches his organisation’s new book It Takes All Sorts, describing it as “an important first step in establishing more tolerant and fair workplaces”.

February 2000

 

The NSW Attorney General’s Department launches the Approved Counselling Scheme by which gay and lesbian survivors of violent crime can access counselling by experienced gay and lesbian service providers.

February 2000

 

The Women’s Legal Resource Centre, the Redfern Legal Centre, the Law Foundation of NSW and the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, launch Lesbians and the Law, a booklet explaining how the Property (Relationships) Legislation Amendment Act 1999, impacts on lesbian relationships.

February 2000

 

Sergeant Sue Trusty is appointed the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer at Surry Hills Police Station.

4 February 2000

 

The Sydney Star Observer launches its new website which incorporates interactive polls, chat and feedback for the first time.

6 February 2000

 

The Asian Gay and Lesbian Pride Group marches in the Sydney Chinese New Year Parade for the first time.

7 February 2000

 

The AIDS Council of NSW releases Future Directions discussion paper, which re-defines its goals toward a progressive, broad-based gay and lesbian health organisation with a continuing focus on HIV and AIDS.

11 February 2000

 

30,000 attend the launch of the Mardi Gras Festival. Speakers and performers include transsexual NZ MP Georgina Beyer, Tiddas and the Tongan women’s group Manuhiri.

12 February 2000

 

Mardi Gras Team Sydney Sports Festival is launched at Mission Field, Centennial Park.

15 February 2000

 

Federal Opposition Financial Services spokesperson, Stephen Conroy introduces a private senator’s bill into the Senate which seeks to remove discrimination against gay and lesbian partners seeking access to superannuation benefits.

15 February 2000

 

Artist John Douglas exhibits a series of paintings of his friends who have died of AIDS in an exhibition called Dead Friends.

17 – 27 February 2000

 

The 2000 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Film Festival proves a success with 29 sell out sessions and 23,000 tickets sold.

19-20 February 2000

 

The Lesbian Parenting Conference at the University of Sydney brings together lesbian families from across Australia.

20 February 2000

 

70,000 attend Fair Day at Victoria Park Camperdown.

25 February 2000

 

66 Darlinghurst Road, Kings Cross, is announced as a legal injecting space.

26 February 2000

 

Shop Yourself Stupid this year is extended to Broadway Shopping Centre and the Queen Victoria Building.

27 February 2000

 

The Metropolitan Community Church holds a service at the Heffron Hall to bless the Mardi Gras.

March 2000

 

The editor of the Australian Jewish News is called before the Beth Din – the Jewish court of Australia – to explain his paper’s positive coverage of the Jewish float in the 2000 Mardi Gras parade.

March 2000

 

The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby unveils the Gay and Lesbian History Project which aims to document the history and development of inner Sydney’s gay and lesbian communities throughout the 20th century.

March 2000

 

Marrickville Mayor, Councillor Barry Cotter calls for expressions of interest for membership of the Council’s proposed Gay and Lesbian Community Liaison Committee.

March 2000

 

Gay Freethinkers begins meeting every Monday night at the Pride Centre. The Group aims to encourage free thinking and friendship among members.

March 2000

 

The University of NSW Gay and Lesbian Services Department sets up a support group call Strength in Numbers to meet in a supportive environment and discuss issues related to sexuality.

March 2000

 

A scientific study by Dr Robert Szabo and Professor Robert Short is released and suggests there is a strong link between HIV rates of infection in the developing world and the practice of circumcision.

4 March 2000

 

7,200 marchers, 200 floats and 600,000 spectators take part or watch the 23rd Mardi Gras parade. At the party there is a women’s and a men’s tent and a cabaret featuring such performers as Samantha Leith, Joyleen Hairmouth and Tina C.

13 March 2000

 

The newly renovated Positive Living Centre which provides a meeting place, meals and referral services for HIV+ clients, in the old Surry Hills Police Station, is opened by Justice Michael Kirby.

14 March 2000

 

The Administrative Decisions Tribunal hears a claim by Richard Heystraten, a former chef at the Positive Living Centre, that he was refused treatment for a severed finger by the Surry Hills Medical Centre on 24/2/99, because of his HIV+ status. His case is dismissed on 19/3/00.

16 March 2000

Vermont, USA

The Vermont House gives final approval to a bill to grant benefits to same sex couples. It creates a new category for long term relationships called “civil unions” and treats these similarly to marriage in areas such as child custody, family leave benefits, probate law and workers’ compensation.

16 March 2000

 

Bill Gray, a.k.a. Land Turnip, a fixture at almost all of Sydney’s drag community fund raisers, dies from a heart attack, aged 36.

25 March 2000

 

Sublime Dance Club closes its Pitt Street doors, before re-opening at Home.

29 March 2000

 

George Petersen a former NSW ALP Parliamentarian dies.

31 March 2000

 

The Australian Broadcasting Authority receives 124 complaints about internet content in the first 3 months of the Federal Government’s Internet Content Scheme.

1 April 2000

 

The Metropolitan Community Church takes possession of its new home at 96 Crystal Street Petersham. Originally built as a church in 1940, the building recently housed the Mastertouch Piano Roll Company.

10 April 2000

 

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Housing, Andrew Refshauge, launches a housing project for people living with HIV/AIDS. The Project was developed by NSW Health, the NSW Department of Housing and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation.

17 April 2000

 

A downturn on the stock exchange hits the share value of Satellite Group shares.

18 April 2000

 

Lou-Anne Lind and Chris Maynard are elected as the two new Co-Presidents of the PRIDE Centre.

22-24 Apr 2000

 

The Australian Gaymes are held at Sydney University.

26 April 2000

 

Out and Out a radio documentary on lesbian parenting broadcasts on 2SERFM.

29 April 2000

 

Sydney Leather Pride Association holds Basilica and Inquisition dance parties.

29 April 2000

 

An Extraordinary Meeting of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras rejects a proposal which would have enabled bisexual applicants to be accepted as members without further justification.

29-30 April 2000

 

2,000 people visit the full display of the Australian AIDS Memorial Quilt at the Exhibition and Convention Centre Darling Harbour.

May 2000

 

FPA Health (formerly Family Planning NSW) distributes a new education resource, the Yes You Are leaflet, in response to requests from secondary school teachers for material to use for lesson plans on sexual orientation and sexual health.

May 2000

 

The third state-wide anti-homophobia campaign funded by the Crime Prevention Division of the NSW Attorney-General’s Department is launched to encourage young people to take a stand against homophobia.

May 2000

 

The HIV/AIDS Legal Centre launches the HIV/AIDS Sentencing Kit, designed to assist barristers and solicitors present accurate and current information about HIV to judges and magistrates before a sentence is passed on a positive person.

May 2000

 

The Australian Medical Association elects its first woman federal president, an out lesbian, Dr Kerryn Phelps.

May 2000

 

On the 250,000 strong Reconciliation March across the Sydney Harbour Bridge about 600 people followed the gay and lesbian Black + White + Pink Banner.

May 2000

 

The Anti-Homophobia Access and Equity Kit is launched at the Penrith Council by Chris Puplick, Chair of the Anti-Discrimination Board.

4 May 2000

 

The Oxford Hotel is auctioned.

6 May 2000

 

The Aurora Foundation, an organisation which aims to raise funds for gay and lesbian community organisations, is launched.

6 May 2000

 

The Erskineville premises of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is sprayed with anti-gay slogans.

7 May 2000

 

DCM nightclub is raided at 4am by Surry Hills Police and Licensing Enforcement Agency and is issued a notice to suspend trading for 72 hours after a quantity of drugs is found.

26 May 2000

 

The High Court refuses to grant Guo Ping (Simon) Gui, a gay Chinese man who is afraid of being imprisoned for his homosexuality on his return to China, special leave to appeal against a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal not to grant him a protection visa.

27 May 2000

 

In a story in the Sydney Morning Herald, Neal Blewett, the former Hawke Cabinet Minister, comes out, discussing his long standing partnership with Robert Brain.

June 2000

 

NSW employees who take time off to care for a parent, partner or child are protected from workplace discrimination, by Legislation passed by the NSW Legislative Assembly.

June 2000

New York

Irish singer Sinead O’Connor tells Curve, an American lesbian magazine, that she is a lesbian.

June 2000

 

Managing Director of the Satellite Group, Greg Fisher, announces plans to sell property and concentrate on gay media, in response to the Group’s sluggish share price.

June 2000

 

An Australian research team is awarded a $27 million contract by the US National Institute of Health as a part of a world wide effort to develop an effective HIV/AIDS vaccine.

June 2000

 

The Satellite Group announces the sale of the Beresford Hotel.

1 June 2000

 

A bondage themed display featuring two bound female dummies wrapped in plastic, designed by Rachel Lafferty for the ACON Sweat Party, at the Oxford Street S(A)X Leather shop is censored by the South Sydney Council.

10 June 2000

 

Hand in Hand, a fundraiser for ACON, presents Sweat, a dance party at the Hordern Pavilion and the Dome in the old Showgrounds.

24 June 2000

 

200 people join a Pride Week rally organised by Collective Action Against Homophobia. Gay writer and activist, Craig Johnston addresses the crowd.

24 June 2000

 

The fourth National HIV/AIDS Strategy meeting, Changes and Challenges is launched by the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations and is aimed at addressing and responding to HIV/AIDS in the face of increasing complacency.

24 June 2000

 

At a fundraising dinner attended by 400 people, the Aurora Foundation raises at least $100,000 for gay and lesbian organisations.

29 June 2000

 

A forum facilitated by the Cumberland Women’s Health Centre concerning violence against lesbians is held at Westmead Hospital.

29 June – 2 July 2000

 

The Australian Lesbian Medical Association Conference features a discussion on isolation, workplace discrimination and homophobia.

30 June 2000

 

The NSW Attorney General Jeff Shaw resigns to return to his law practice. Shaw is seen by the GLBTI community as an effective reformer for gay rights.

July 2000

 

The Luncheon Club moves into a new home, at 255 Wilson Street, Redfern.

1 July 2000

 

Four gay men are elected councillors on the 15 member South Sydney Council.

5 July 2000

 

The Satellite Group requests the Australian Stock Exchange halt trading in the company’s shares. Managing director, Greg Fisher is asked to resign.

8 July 2000

Perth

Perth city residents vote 55% to 44% in favour of keeping the Pride Parade despite opposition from the Lord Mayor.

12 July 2000

 

John Fowler, an openly gay member of the Community Independents, is voted the new Mayor of South Sydney.

15 July 2000

 

The Australian Democrats field a ticket for the Strathfield Council elections with a ticket headed by openly gay man Carl Piraino.

24 July 2000

 

Elaine Nile MLC, retires from the NSW Parliament.

31 July 2000

Strasbourg

The European Court of Human Rights rules that the UK gross indecency law violates Europe’s guarantee of ‘respect for private family life’.

August 2000

 

Damian Meyer takes over from Rodney Croome, as a co-convenor of the Australian Council for Lesbian and Gay Rights.

August 2000

 

The owner of Campaign Indrani Bandyopadhyay, puts the magazine on the market.

4 August 2000

 

The President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission affirms that “faith-based” job networks are subject to international and national discrimination laws when dealing with employees.

19 August 2000

 

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir perform in the Sydney Dance Company production of Mythologia.

23 August 2000

 

Julie Regan is elected President of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

29 August 2000

Canberra

The Federal Government withdraws from the United Nations Human Rights Committees and will obstruct monitoring of Australian human rights.

September 2000

 

Representatives from 20 community organisations meet at a forum called Collaboration 2000 aimed to address issues facing the GLBT community and the changing face and complacency about HIV/AIDS.

September 2000

 

Edges an exhibition examining the lives of lesbians and gay men scheduled for the 2001 Mardi Gras Festival at the Liverpool Regional Museum, receives funding from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

September 2000

 

Giorgio Armani reveals his bisexuality in the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.

1 September 2000

 

The annual queerDoc Film Festival opens with the screening of Paragraph 175.

4 September 2000

 

Kerryn Phelps and Julie McCrossin and 100 women debate issues around fertility treatments at an event organised by Lezbiz.

6 September 2000

Melbourne

The Victorian Equal Opportunity Bill is passed through the Upper House and includes anti-discrimination coverage for people who cross-dress, the first protection in Australia.

11 September 2000

 

Joe de Bruyn, National Secretary of the Shop Assistants’ Union, is unsuccessful in urging the ALP National Executive to allow a conscience vote on the Howard Government’s planned move to limit IVF access to married couples and heterosexual de facto couples.

12 September 2000

Netherlands

Same gender couples are granted equal marriage rights in the Netherlands Parliament.

14 September 2000

 

Crowds swamp Oxford Street for the passing of the Olympic Torch at 520pm. 80 year old former Olympian, Lola Hardinge-Irma was followed by a troupe of drag queens to the sounds of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana.

25 September 2000

 

Lisa-Marie Vizaniari, Australia’s first out lesbian to compete at the Olympic Games, qualifies in 6th place for the final of the women’s discus.

October 2000

 

The AIDS Council of NSW appoints a lesbian health project officer. The project will include the development of a health policy for lesbians, the inclusion of lesbian issues in current government health policy and advocacy around equity and access to health care for lesbians.

October 2000

 

The 22nd Annual Reclaim the Night Rally through the streets of Sydney to Tumbalong Park Darling Harbour hear speeches from Meredith Burgmann and Betty Little.

October 2000

 

The Ghost of Ludwig Gertsch a novel by Sandra Harvey is published.

October 2000

 

Neighbours to a Glenhaven transitional home to treat lesbians, appeal to the Land and Environment Court. The local council had previously approved the home for Mercy Ministries, a part of the Hills Christian Life Centre.

1 October 2000

 

42 drag queens burst into the limelight at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony as part of the Priscilla, Queen of the Desert segment.

5 October 2000

 

The new private drinking rooms at the top of the Oxford Hotel, previously called Gilligan’s, is renamed Ginger’s.

8 October 2000

 

$12,000 is distributed in grants to lesbian community projects across Australia, by Lesbians Incorporated, the successor to the Lesbian Space Project.

10 October 2000

 

The NSW Greens fail to get amendments for the right of same sex couples to adopt included in the Adoption Bill 2000 passed by the NSW Upper House.

16 October 2000

 

The Drag Industry Variety Wards are held at the Hordern Pavilion, hosted by Portia Turbo and Penny Tration.

17 October 2000

 

Pauline Pantsdown runs a Woollahra leg of the Paralympic Torch Relay to the “complete bemusement” and “gracious adulation” of the locals.

17 October 2000

 

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference makes a successful application to apply to the Full Bench of the High Court to examine the Victorian legal decision of 28 July removing restrictions on lesbians and single women to access fertility treatments in Victoria.

21 October 2000

 

The Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby begin a series of community consultations focusing on parenting issues of lesbians and gay men.

25 October 2000

 

A motion to merge the resources, membership and format of aspirant FM broadcasters, OutFM and FreeFM is lost at the OutFM annual general meeting.

26 October 2000

 

Katy Reade and Anthony Schembri are elected co-convenors of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby for 2001.

29 October 2000

 

Bill Whittaker is elected President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations.

31 October 2000

 

The NSW Special Minister of State, John Della Bosca, announces legislation that extends the definition of a de facto relationship to include same sex couples and provide partners of public service members of defined benefit superannuation schemes a benefit when they die.

November 2000

 

The Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service launches a new database based on calls received since 1995, which will be used to tailor counselling training and streamline calls.

November 2000

 

A Senate inquiry is held into the Sex Discrimination Act, following a Federal Court decision that found that Victoria’s IVF laws discriminated against single women.

November 2000

 

Various Australian state gay and lesbian counselling services unite as the Association of Gay and Lesbian Community Counselling.

November 2000

 

A Bill which attempts to bring superannuation schemes in line with the Property Relationships Act 1999, by extending the definition of de-facto to same sex couples, passes the NSW Legislative Assembly.

November 2000

NZ

Parliament passes the Property (Relationships) Amendment Act which will allow same sex and defacto couples to access the courts for the division of property when these relationships break down.

2 November 2000

 

The PRIDE Centre holds its second Collaborations Forum. The focus is the interaction between the media and community groups.

11 November 2000

 

A sell-out crowd of 14,000 attend the annual Sleaze Ball, this year themed 2000 Degrees at the old Sydney Showgrounds.

17 November 2000

 

The Board of Directors of the Satellite Group announce they have appointed an administrator to the company.

21 November 2000

 

200 people attend the annual AIDS Candlelight rally.

21 November 2000

 

John Marsden’s libel trial ends after 214 days.

24 November 2000

 

The Satellite Group’s administrator closes all the Satellite newspapers including Capital Q in Sydney. 50 staff across Australia are laid off.

24-25 November 2000

Melbourne

The Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives hosts the Australian Homosexual Histories Conference at the University of Melbourne.

25 November 2000

Gold Coast

The Annual Community Broadcasting Association of Australian awards the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence History Walk the Best Spoken Word, Programming News, Current Affairs and Documentaries Award.

28 November 2000

 

Australian researchers at Verax Holdings Ltd, receive the green light to push forward with human trials of a treatment vaccine for HIV.

December 2000

 

Clive Faro and Garry Wotherspoon publish Street Seen: A History of Oxford Street.

December 2000

London

The UK Labour Party invokes the Parliament Act to equalise homosexual and heterosexual ages of consent. It became law on 1 January 2001.

1 December 2000

 

The Leichhardt Hotel which has been the hangout for groups like the Dykes on Bikes and a well-known Sydney lesbian pub, closes.

1 December 2000

 

Staff of the former Sydney GLBTQ paper, Capital Q put out a new paper G. It is published by the Lencut P/L Group.

1 December 2000

 

G, a Sydney GLBTQ community weekly is launched to fill the gap left by the failed Capital Q.

2 December 2000

 

Sydney Out Now Expo, a consumer trade show organised by consultancy firm Significant Others and directed at gay men and lesbians, is held at the Millennium Hotel and attracts 2,500 visitors.  

4 December 2000

 

Acts of Passion Campaign, which aims to improve the GLBTQ Community’s understanding of new laws governing same-sex relationships, is launched by the Attorney-General’s Department.

7 December 2000

Berlin

The lower house of the German Parliament issues an apology to homosexuals persecuted by the Nazi regime.

9 December 20000

 

The Chair of the Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases, Chris Puplick, convenes a summit to discuss the broad strategic response to HIV.

19 December 2000

 

The Beauchamp and the Beresford Hotels, 2 former assets of the Satellite Group, go on the market.

Updated: 18/9/15