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

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1987

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1989

1990

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1995

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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

 

1975 venues

see: a. 1970 - 1975 venues

 

 

1975 Events

Date

If not in Sydney

Event

22 March 1975

 

The Second Seminar on Female Homosexuality, funded by the Federal Government is held.

June 1975

 

Patchs nightclub opens at 33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst.

18 June 1975

 

The Women’s Collective of CAMP (NSW)  reforms as the Gay Feminist Group

16-17 August 1975

Melbourne

The first National Homosexual Conference with the support of the Australian Union of Students (AUS) is held with 800 people attending.

1 September 1975

 

The first issue of Campaign magazine is published by Rod Stringer.

7 September 1975

 

A Metropolitan Community Church (MCC) and Gay Liberation Front counter-demonstration outnumbers a rally organised by Anglican Dean Lance Shilton and Festival of Light in the Domain.

17 September 1975

Adelaide

South Australia becomes the first Australian state to fully decriminalise homosexual acts, and the first jurisdiction in the English common law world to make no distinction between homosexual and heterosexual.

22 September 1975

 

Following on from the First National Homosexual Conference a meeting of 35 women support the formation of a separate Lesbian-Feminist Movement.

29 September 1975

 

CAMP makes a submission to the Royal Commission into Human Relations.

13 October 1975

 

Michael Clohesy is sacked from teaching at the Marist School in Eastwood due to his gay rights advocacy.

19 October 1975

 

200 demonstrate outside Sunday Mass at St Mary’s Cathedral against the sacking of CAMP spokesperson Mike Clohesy from his teaching position at Marist Brothers, Eastwood.

4 November 1975

 

The NSW Gay Teachers Group is formed following on from the sacking of Mike Clohesy.

19 December 1975

 

The Royal Commission into Human Relationships accepts a submission from CAMP.

Updated: 14 October 2015 by John Witte using gay movement publications and various chronologies.