• Oral History Collection

    The Pride History Group has created a collection of over 100 oral history interviews which bears witness to the queering of Sydney. We present an overview of these interviews as a guide to our collection and glimpse of our history.
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A-Z Collection

  • Ashmore, Edd +

      Edd grew up in rural NSW. He moved to Sydney in the 1960s and became involved in the gay social scene. In the 1970s, he became active in gay rights politics, particularly through GAYTAS – an organisation for gay teachers and student teachers.   Read More
  • Austin, Ron +

      Ron Austin was an active member of Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) in the 1970s. In 1978, his idea to stage a street party along Oxford Street that celebrated gay and lesbian life became the first Mardi Gras.   Read More
  • Batterham, Terry +

      Terry Batterham was active in student and gay liberation politics through the 1970s and worked at ACON in the 1980's. He is a '78er' - one of the activists who took part in the first Mardi gras in 1978. Terry Shares his memories of that event, his participation in activist politics, as well as his experiences of the Sydney gay social scene.   Read More
  • Beach, Mary Jane +

       
  • Belcher, Bruce +

      Bruce Belcher gives us an insight into the effective AIDS Learning Exchange way of communicating public health issues. Read More
  • Binning, Virginia +

       
  • Black, Ian +

      Ian Black was born in the UK and describes life for homosexual men in 1950s Britain. After moving to Australia and studying in Adelaide, he moved to Sydney in 1969. He worked for many years at UNSW, including eight years as Head of the School of History. He discusses his involvement in the establishment of CAMP and his participation in a number of early demonstrations.   Read More
  • Bland, Bill +

      Bill grew up in rural Queensland. As a young man working in the wool industry, he moved to Sydney and discovered the camp social scene.   Read More
  • Bloye, Carolyn +

      Carolyn grew up in Sydney and first made gay and lesbian friends through a local theatre group. In this interview, she describes the 1960s lesbian social scene, particularly the wine bar Chez Ivy’s. She has lived in Perth, Cairns and Brisbane.   Read More
  • Bonsall-Boone, Peter +

      Peter attended Anglican theological college in the 1950s, but was asked to leave when his sexuality was discovered. In 1966, he met and fell in love with Peter de Waal. They joined CAMP together in 1970 and in 1972 appeared on the ABC program Chequerboard, as a result of which Peter was fired from his job. He discusses his participation in groups such as CAMP and Cross+Section, as well as his work as a carer for people with AIDS.   Read More
  • Bowers, Charlie +

      Born in Sydney, Charlie entered the seminary in the late 1960s but left because of his involvement in the anti-Vietnam War Moratorium. In 1970, he was involved in the establishment of CAMP. He was also involved in campaigns in favour of Homosexual Law Reform. He talks in detail about his activism through the 1970s and 1980s.   Read More
  • Branson, Asharia +

       
  • Brown, Karen +

      Karen joined Pollys Social Club in the early 1970s, eventually becoming President of the Group. The group organised social dances, the Polly-limpics sporting events and raised substantial amounts of money for charity. Karen discusses her involvement with Pollys and describes the social scene of the 1960s.   Read More
  • Burnett, Judy +

      Judy moved to Sydney from Brisbane in 1961. She dressed “in drag” on weekends at venues like the Jewel Box and first performed as a drag artiste at Karen’s Castle. She describes her career as a barmaid at Chez Ivy and a performer at a number of venues including the Purple Onion, the Birdcage and the Curry House.   Read More
  • Chuck, Graham +

      Graham became involved in gay activism while studying at the University of NSW. While a member of CAMP, he joined the Socialist Homosexuals group and later the Communist Party. In 1978, he attended the first Mardi Gras and in this interview he describes that event in great detail.   Read More
  • Colechin, Sally +

       
  • Corney, Colin +

      Colin opened a gay pub in Sydney in the early 1980s. He became a strong supporter of Mardi Gras and served on the committee from 1983-1986. He discusses the administration and politics of Mardi Gras during those years, including the impact of the emergence of HIV/AIDS on the event.   Read More
  • Crammon, Amanda +

      Amanda went to Sydney University and when she came out stayed in a nearby 2010 youth refuge. She was active in the University’s queer group and has memories of annual Queer Collaborations and LGBTIQ activism. Amanda and her partner’s interview also includes observations of contemporary lesbian commercial venues and observations of the inner west suburbs.   Read More
  • Crimmon, Angela +

      Angela talks about lesbian friendly communities, and getting help from Twenty10 - a supportive network that addressed the needs of young camps kicked out of home, where she got help.   Read More
  • Cummings, Margaret +

      Margaret’s memories of the formation and activities of the lesbian social group, Clover are recorded in this interview from its formation in 1971 to its farewell party in 2002.   Read More
  • Davis, Ken +

      Ken became involved in activist politics while in high school in the early 1970s, including gay liberation and the anti-Vietnam War movement. While studying at Sydney University, he was heavily involved in Socialist Youth Alliance and Gay Liberation. Ken gives very detailed accounts of activist events, including Mardi Gras from 1978 to the early 1980s.   Read More
  • de Waal, Peter +

      Peter’s early childhood was spent in Nazi-occupied Holland and emigrated to Australia as an 18 year old. In 1970, he and his partner Peter Bonsall-Boone joined CAMP. In 1972, they appeared together on an ABC program about gay and lesbian life in Australia, as a result of which Peter Bonsall-Boone was fired from his job. In this interview, Peter describes his time at CAMP in great detail.   Read More
  • Douglas, Martin +

       
  • Fisher, Dennis +

      Dennis moved to Sydney from the UK in 1949. In the 1950s he discovered the camp social scene in venues like the Tatler, the Rock and Roll, the Carlton Rex and the Chevron. Dennis recalls his performances both in drag and as a performer for a range of amateur musical societies.   Read More
  • Fisher, Jeremy +

      Jeremy attended Macquarie University in the early 1970s, living on campus at Menzies College. He became involved with Gay Liberation and the Socialist Youth Alliance. When his sexuality was discovered by college administrators he was asked to leave. The Student Council supported his case against the college and the Builder’s Labourers Federation placed a ban on works at the university.   Read More
  • Fuller, Dennis (Flo) +

      Dennis’ first introduction to camp life in Sydney was the Kashmir Coffee Lounge in Kings Cross. In this interview, he recalls many of the venues and personalities that made up the social scene of the 1950s and 1960s. Those included Pfahlerts, the Chevron and the Trolley Car as well as the Purple Onion where Dennis worked briefly as a drag artiste.   Read More
  • Garrahy, Ken +

       Ken describes the police surveillance and harassment homosexuals were subject to.   Read More
  • Glynn, Michael +

      Michael moved to Sydney from the United States in 1971. In the late 1970s, he founded and edited The Star newspaper, which eventually became the Sydney Star Observer. In this interview, he discusses The Star and his role as a very public, often controversial figure in the Sydney gay scene.   Read More
  • Goulden, Terry +

    Terry has been heavily involved in a number of gay groups since the 1970s. He describes his involvement in CAMP and the eventual split which saw the organisation evolve into the Gay Counselling Service. He also talks in detail about Mardi Gras, from his attendance at the 1978 event through to his serving as General Manager in the early 90s. Terry also discusses the establishment of AIDs organisations including ACON and Ankali.   Read More
  • Gowland, Lance +

       
  • Greenway, John +

      Through the 1970s, John Greenway was a member of CAMP. He was particularly involved in Phone a Friend, which became the Gay Counselling Service. In this interview, he recalls CAMP and GCS, his attendance at the first Mardi Gras in 1978 and his work with Ankali and PFLAG.   Read More
  • Grosse, Lloyd +

       
  • Gulliver, Penny +

      Penny became involved in the feminist and gay liberation movements as a university student in the early 1970s. She describes life for a young and politically active lesbian in Sydney in the 70s, including a lesbian share-house in Petersham, events such as the Lesbian Conference in Minto and participation in the first Mardi Gras in 1978.    Read More
  • Harrison, Geoff +

       
  • Hounslow, Betty +

       
  • Jackson, Rose +

       
  • Johnson, Ken (Kandy) +

      By the early 1960s, Kandy was performing in drag at parties. He transferred drag performances to stage shows at the Surf City Night Spot in Kings Cross and later to a venue he opened in Enmore, an inner western suburb, called Kandy’s Garden of Eden aka Kandy’s Coffee House. He decided to take up an offer to become a partner in the Purple Onion in 1967, which became the place to go for the late night 1960s camp set, international celebrities visiting Sydney and Sydney’s demimonde.    Read More
  • Kazan, Ayesha +

      Ayesha studied at Newcastle Teachers College, but left teaching when she began to work as a drag artiste at Karen’s Castle. She would go on to work at a range of venues in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, including Les Girls and Capriccios and rural centres across NSW and on to Alice Springs. She gives a detailed account of her experiences as a performer.   Read More
  • Kinder, Sylvia +

       
  • King, Philip +

      Philip King was an organiser of Mardi Gras from 1979 to 1984. In this interview, he talks about his work with Mardi Gras including the first party at Paddington Town Hall and the move to the Showgrounds   Read More
  • Lo Schiavo, Fabian +

      Fabian had made up his mind to be a Priest and joined a Franciscan Order in the Catholic Church after leaving school. The interview covers this period of his life, his leaving the Order, aversion therapy and his encounter with the gay movement. He joins Angays, a lobby group within the Anglican Church and later is a founder of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and joins the Gay Liberation Quire. The Sisters played an important role promoting safe sex in the early days of HIV/AIDS and Fabian recalls this and several memorable “manifestations” of the Sisters over the years.   Read More
  • Mackay, Sandra +

      Sandra attended Sydney University and was a student activist before leaving and getting involved in the women’s movement and the setting up of Elsie Women’s Refuge and the Sydney Rape Crisis Centre. Sandra recalls what it was like in the 70s - the commercial lesbian scene, the lesbian feminist households and very limited amount of lesbian affirming music and books around at the time.   Read More
  • Maclean, Ian +

      Ian began a career as a deejay when he was 16 and when he came to Sydney got a gig with the Chameleons social group and continued playing music for dances for Sydney’s social groups from the 1960s. Described by Dawn O’Donnell as her “sound man”, Ian was witness to the growth of these groups and Sydney’s activist and commercial venue scene over the years since their founding.   Read More
  • MacNeill, Ian +

      Ian best known for his novels, stories, poems and articles, talks about coming out before gay liberation, and the working as a teacher in very homophobic environment. He was involved in the demonstration against Mike Clohesy’s sacking in 1975 and he was arrested at the 1978 National Homosexual Conference. He was a member of the Gay Teachers Group and Gay Men’s Rap. His contributions were read in Campaign, The Star, Gay Information, Gay Community News. He self-published and was a regular contributor to Blackwattle Press’s Cargo series.  http://www.gay-ebooks.com.au/imacneill.html   Read More
  • Matheson, Mark (Lyndon) +

      Mark (Lyndon) remembers seeing the ABC Chequerboard program on gay members of CAMP and getting involved in CAMP and later Sydney Gay Liberation. Mark recalls key episodes in the early history of the gay movement in Sydney and describes its activities and its people. Post 1978, he got involved in Gay Men’s Rap, Gay Information and the Fitness Exchange.   Read More
  • McFerran, Ludo +

      Ludo arrived from England in 1976, bringing her experiences from her involvement in lesbian feminist movement there. After initially “going bush”, she returned to Sydney and joined lesbian band, Stray Dags. Ludo reflects on this important time for women and lesbians in Sydney – the Women’s Warehouse, the bands and the social scene.   Read More
  • McGarrigle, Roni +

      Roni came to Australia when she was 18 and came out as a political lesbian in 1977. She describes work in the Women’s Movement, women’s and youth refuges, women’s campaigns, the Queensland political scene and lesbian venues in Sydney.   Read More
  • McInnes, Jan +

      Jan’s memories of the formation and activities of the lesbian social group, Clover are recorded in this interview from its formation in 1971 to its farewell party in 2002.    Read More
  • McLachlan, Murray +

      After working in country NSW as a teacher, Murray moved to Sydney and joined the gay social and activist scene there. He was an active member of the Cronulla Gay Group and the Gay Teachers Group and through David (Dot) Wilkins, was invited to stand for the Mardi Gras Committee, a Committee he was to preside over between Bill Whittaker and Cath Phillips’s terms. Murray provides a valuable account of the workings of the Mardi Gras Committee for the five years from 1984.   Read More
  • McManus, Dennis +

      Dennis recalls the ignorance and guilt surrounding homosexuality in the 1960s in Sydney and attending aversions therapy sessions. He describes beats in the western suburbs. When CAMP was set up in Balmain he and his partner attended meetings and later he was involved in Campus CAMP and Gay Liberation. He attended events involving Gay Liberation, including the protest at St Clement’s Church against Peter Bonsall-Boone’s sacking.   Read More
  • Miller, Amanda (Mandy) +

      Mandy would visit Newtown at weekends to “get some gayness” and mentions visits to the Icebox, Sirens, Caesars, the Bank Hotel and the Sly Fox Hotel. She and her partner live in Newtown and talk about why Marrickville, Newtown and Camperdown are suburbs of choice for lesbians.   Read More
  • Minnis, Diane +

      Diane dropped out of university in Melbourne and came to Sydney for a women’s conference. She has stayed on and joined the lesbian and gay movement here – going to major events such as the first national Pride Week in 1973 and participating in activist groups such as the Gay Solidarity Group.   Read More
  • Morris, Rae +

      Rae’s interview covers the first stirrings of the commercial camp scene in Sydney in the early 1960s, the sports lesbians gravitated to and the social clubs of the 1960s – 1970s. More recently, she has been active 1n community and sporting organisations.   Read More
  • Murphy, Peter +

      Peter was born in Brisbane and came to Sydney as part of the Divine Word Missionaries and studied at Macquarie University. He supported student activism against Penn Short’s dismissal as a trainee teacher. After 1975 he joined the Australian Communist Party and with other members advocated trade unionism and campaigns against workplace discrimination in the gay movement. He remembers supporting the idea of the Mardi Gras at meetings and on the night has clear recollections of the police actions and his arrest and bashing. He has been part of the 78ers commemorations since 1997.   Read More
  • O'Grady, Paul +

      Paul joined the Labor Party after the sacking of the Whitlam government and was active in his trade union and Young Labor. His interview follows his appointment as a NSW Parliamentary Ministerial Staffer and then his election to the NSW Legislative Council in 1988. He was the first openly gay member of Parliament in NSW. Paul was witness to social legislative change during this period. He describes how he helped with this change as an MLC and then as a staffer to State MP Frank Sartor.   Read More
  • O'Rourke, Katy +

      Katy was student at Sydney University in the early 70s. She went to meetings of Sydney Gay Liberation at Australia Street, 67 and 33a Glebe Point Road and it’s off shoot at Sydney University. Katy’s interview describes these groups, consciousness raising, feminist protests and activities and events of Gay Pride Week 1973. She worked and lived in the Leichhardt area and was involved with lesbian motor cycle groups over the years. The interview includes observations of the gay commercial scene and the Women’s Warehouse.   Read More
  • Ostling, Geoff +

      Son of conservative minister of religion, Geoff had a difficult time coming to his parents. He went to uni and took up a teaching job and feared being sacked because he was gay. After a visit to Europe he came back, feeling more at ease with his sexuality. He joined the Gay Teachers’ Group. The group produced a teacher’s kit on homosexuality which was never released due to a conservative backlash. He has been active in Mardi Gras, Oz Bears, Angays and the Metropolitan Community Church. His full body tattoos have been the subject of a documentary and extensive press coverage.   Read More
  • Parkin, Trevor +

      Trevor came to Sydney from country NSW and was introduced to Sydney’s camp venues through a customer at work. He was offered accommodation above the Purple Onion and the interview includes a working description of the work of a dresser and part time performer at the Purple Onion and Ivy’s Birdcage. The International Telephone Exchange was a place which employed a large percentage of gay men, including Trevor and the interview covers what it was like to work in this environment during the period of HIV/AIDS and rapid technological change.   Read More
  • Parkinson, Annie +

      Annie got involved in women’s movement through the Rape Crisis Centre in 1975. Annie describes the Rape Crisis Centre and contemporary women’s campaigns such as Women Behind Bars, Free Sandra Wilson and the “Elsie” Women’s Refuge and Lesbian Line in London. In 1979 she joined the Gay Waves community radio collective, the Gay Liberation Quire and the 1981 Gay Mardi Gras Committee. Annie has had a long involvement of advocacy for people with disabilities.    Read More
  • Pearce, Chris +

      Chris recalls life as “hedonistic” and although she was part of a political culture in the 70s she was more socially focussed. Her interview includes descriptions of shared households in Sydney, Hobart and Melbourne, consciousness raising, house parties, women’s music and her involvement and arrest at the first Mardi Gras.   Read More
  • Plaister, Robyn +

      Robyn began a relationship with Margaret McMann when she began teaching, and through her developed an interest in politics. Robyn describes the activities of the Women’s Group in CAMP and the growth of feminism in the mid to late 70s, the lobbying processes of CAMP, the Lesbian Teachers Group and night of the first Mardi Gras after which she appeared in the iconic photo of the Mardi Gras in the Monday edition of the Daily Telegraph. Robyn then talks about her foray into running a restaurant and her career in equity and diversity in teaching and in the public service.   Read More
  • Pollack, Bruce +

      Bruce got involved after 1982 in the LGBTI community when he joined the Gay Married Men’s Association and the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service. After working as a volunteer for the 1985 Mardi Gras, Bruce was co-opted on to the Mardi Gras Committee where he worked on publicity. His observations as a relative outsider of the machinations of and changes on the Committee from the mid-80s to the early 90s are recorded in this interview.   Read More
  • Power, Barry +

      Barry worked with Lance Gowland in the Public Service and Lance asked him to help stage the second Mardi Gras Parade in 1979. Barry describes preparations for and the politics surrounding the 1979, 1980 – 83 parades and dance parties. In the second interview he describes his working life, in particular his life at sea and the sailors’ pubs in Sydney.    Read More
  • Prasad, Ray +

      Ray’s interview begins with descriptions of the mid 70s Kings Cross and Oxford Street venues and his experiences performing at venues. He was arrested at the first Mardi Gras. Later, as a security officer, he worked at various gay venues and the Mardi Gras. He moved to Canberra and joined the Order of Perpetual Indulgence (OPI) there and continued his involvement with OPI when he returned to Sydney. He joined the Dolphins Motor Club and Sydney Harbour Bears and the committee of Sydney Leather Pride. The interview includes descriptions of the Dolphins and other Motor Clubs and the OPI.   Read More
  • Richter, Ivy +

      Ivy is an iconic venue owner of the 1960s, who turned a tired wine bar in Bondi Junction into Chez Ivy around 1962 with the help of husband and a circle of camp friends. She sold Chez Ivy in 1967 to Brian Neal and opened Ivy’s Birdcage at Taylor Square. Both venues were mixed lesbian and gay. The Birdcage closed in 1969 after a second fire and the performers and the shows moved across the Square to Dawn O’Donnell’s Capriccios which opened shortly after.   Read More
  • Rolfe, Terry +

      Terry moved into a shared house in Australia Street in late 1972 and there met Sydney Gay Liberationists and got involved their activities, including Gay Pride Week 1973 and their 2 centres in Glebe. The interview includes observations of gay movement personalities, the Sydney scene in the 70s and of the impact of AIDS.   Read More
  • Round, Stuart +

      Stuart left home when he was young and worked in newspapers and then went to university. He talks about the camp meeting places in the 1960s and he attended meetings of CAMP in Balmain in the early 70s. He gives an account of the first Mardi Gras, the Gay Solidarity Group and when HIV and AIDS dominated the gay male community, his work in the Albion Street Clinic and the Community Support Network. He has been the editor of Campaign and a journalist at various newspapers and radio stations.   Read More
  • Schliemann, Gary +

      Gary went to university in the mid-60s and studied Psychology. He went to many of the early venues and got involved in Sydney Gay Liberation and has memories of the people and the struggles of the early 70s. After short time in East London squats, he returned to Sydney and was involved organising the 4th National Conference, the first Mardi Gras and the Gay Liberation Quire. In the early 80s he was briefly involved with the Radical Faeries in California and when he got back to Sydney helped form the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. He moved to the north coast of NSW and in 1981 assisted promote a network of gay communities based on Radical Faeries principles. Later in Sydney he joined Community Activist Techonology and set up a web site, Active Sydney a pioneering open publishing and activist communication website.   Read More
  • Smith, Ron +

      Ron was born in Sydney and went to art school and was involved with the student politics and the alternative art community in Darlinghurst in the early 70s. In 1983 he volunteered to work at the first Mardi Gras workshop in Bourke Street with Peter Tully and helped create some of the parade’s most memorable entries. He gives an account of the philosophy of early parades, the working conditions and the politics of the organisation, the work creating the dance parties, the increasing numbers of roles women took on in the 80s and the contributions of people like David McDiarmid, Bill Whittaker, Doris Fish and Cath Phillips.   Read More
  • Storey, John +

      John was born into an evangelical Christian family, fell in love with a school mate, went to uni and then got involved with Sydney Gay Liberation. He remembers the formation of Gay Lib, the people and the politics. His photographs of the demos and the activists are an invaluable record of the period.   Read More
  • Sue-Ellen +

      Sue-Ellen describes the early gay scene on Oxford Street and Kings Cross when (he) was coming out and the energy and colour of the early drag shows. Sue-Elen joined the Pollynesians (Pollys) social club in 1981 and was President from 1984 – 1987 and describes their dance and social events, the Pollympics and the secrets for its longevity.   Read More
  • Thomas, Christopher +

      Chris describes growing up, beats and venues in the late 60s in Kings Cross and the Northern Beaches. He joined the Roo Bike Club and describes their meeting places and events.   Read More
  • Thomas, Lynn +

      Lynn’s first contact with the gay movement was going to a gay dance at Paddington Town Hall in the early 70s. She then got involved in both the social and political activities of CAMP and remembers a strong women’s presence in the organisation. The interview includes observations of the gay male/ lesbian tensions in the gay movement, the lesbian commercial and alternative venues and the growth of feminism in the gay movement.   Read More
  • Trebilco, Peter +

      Peter recalls the camp scene in the 1950s, the role of police before decriminalisation, the moves to set up the Campaign Against Moral Persecution and the evolution of CAMP into the Gays Counselling Service.   Read More
  • Tucker, Greg +

      Greg joined Sydney’s Dolphin Motor Club in the early 80s and was still a member when he was interviewed. Greg talks about Sydney’s gay venues in the early 70s and meeting his partner. The interview covers when and why DMC was founded, by who, how it operates and its social events.   Read More
  • Urquhart, David +

      David worked in the clothing industry for many years and become politicised when he got involved in the work of the Wayside Chapel in Kings Cross. He joined the Darlinghurst Residents Action Group in the 70s where fellow resident and art gallery owner Frank Watters encouraged him to attend East Sydney Technical College and pursue photography. David began his involvement in the gay movement in 1978, when he went to support those arrested on the night of the first mardi gras. David’s interview contains observations of the camp scene of the 60s, the aftermath of the first mardi gras, Gay Mens’ Rap, Gay Waves, the 1981 Mardi Gras and the first community responses in Sydney to AIDS.   Read More
  • van Camp, Laurie +

      Laurie came to Sydney as a teenager and found her way quickly into the lesbian scene in Sydney’s inner city – the early camp commercial venues and the working men’s pubs of the 1960s. The interview also covers her memories of Silverwater Gaol, observations on the changes in Sydney’s lesbian scene since the 60s brought about by feminism and her work with the Elsie’s Women’s Refuge.   Read More
  • Veenstra, Anton +

      Anton came to Sydney from Queensland to finish his uni in the late 60s. He describes camp life in Sydney and anti-Vietnam rallies. He was conscripted but avoided going into the army. He remembers Gay Liberation, and CAMP, zaps and shared houses with gay activists. Later he works at Telstra and talks about the impact of AIDS in that workplace. The interview includes observations of art in the gay movement and gay themed art in “straight” galleries. He describes his art practice.   Read More
  • Wall, John +

      John joined the Cronulla Gay Group on his return to Australia in 1978. He talks about the Group and their involvement from 1981 in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras including descriptions of the Group’s floats in each year’s parade.   Read More
  • Williams, David (Beatrice) +

      David bought the Purple Onion from Ken (Kandy) Johnson and transformed the venue into a vehicle for a series of his memorable shows. David’s interview covers his life before and after the Onion, the shows and people of the Onion, and the camp venues operating in Sydney in the late 60s.   Read More
  • Wills, Sue +

      Sue was fortunate to do post graduate study at Sydney University’s Department of Government and Public Administration in the early 70s when it was the centre of ideas of social change. Sue’s interview contains many observations of the people, events and groups of that period and when lesbian feminists became active in the women’s movement. Sue talks about her ground breaking article on anti-gay aversion therapies and her experiences with the Women’s Health Centre and the Sandra Wilson Campaign.   Read More
  • Wiseman, Colin +

      Colin went to many of the early venues in the 50s, 60s and 70s including the Chameleon dances in Petersham. He was invited to join the Boomerangs and Colin describes how the Club operated and socialised. He recalls his successful fight to keep his job at an RSL club, when the talk was that he was sacked for being a “faggot”.   Read More
  • Woodward, Brian +

      Brian was in the first influx of people who joined CAMP after the article “Couples” appeared in the Australian newspaper. He saw the emergence of difference tendencies and groups in this period and helped form Phone-a-Friend, the precursor of the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service. He helped plan and he attended the first Mardi Gras.   Read More
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