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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2011

2012

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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

 

1980s

This was the decade of HIV/AIDS.

While our political agendas of law reform and anti-discrimination laws continued, they were joined by other emerging issues, and Mardi gras became increasingly strong and established in the landscape.

From 1983 HIV/AIDS necessarily dominated the scene. While tragic, the Australian response built on and benefited from the community and poitical developments, including in the general community, of the 30 or so years.

 


 

 

1980 Venues

 

Venue Name

Address

Owners

Notes

Clientele

Date

Nightclubs, Bars, Discos

 

 

 

 

 

Barrel Inn

12 Challis Ave, Potts Point

Management changes in 1979, Sept 1980,

“Live entertainment 6 nights a week” A popular cruising bar.

 

From 1973. Sold in November 1979

Capriccio’s International Vanities

163 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Tommy Brown

“International style night club, fantastic shows on two floors, good disco and cruising bars.”“Mixed crowds with spunky numbers”

 

July 1969 – 1981

Carlisle House aka

Castellos

2 Kellet Street, Kings Cross

 

Disco, restaurant

 

Listing August 1979

Carousel Cabaret

2 Roslyn St, Kings Cross

Abe Saffron

Former Les Girls site. Later Les Girls VIP Nightclub

 

1974 - 1980

Charlie Brown’s Place

90 Pitt Street, City

 

Trendy mixed bar

Some good trade

Listing October 1980

Charlie’s Place

Shop 4, Earlwood Arcade, 363 Homer St, Earlwood

Rodney, Colin, Peter

 

 

From 1978

Flo’s aka Flo’s Palace

97 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Roger Claude Teyssedre, Dawn O’Donnell, Alex, Abe Saffron

 “First Saturday Night Fever glass dance floor. Touch of desert camp.”

Gay men, gay Asian men,

1979

Les Girls VIP Nightclub

2c Roslyn St, Kings Cross

Abe Saffron

Formerly Carousel Cabaret; Famous dragshow and top cruising bar.

 

Listing September 1980

Midnight Shift aka A Man’s Disco

85 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

John and Brian, David Ross and Nick Lorschy

Fire October 1980. Disco with cruising bar.

Men only

Listing August 1980

The Peak

1 Newland St Bondi Junction

Yvonne Oakey, Marie-France Klein, William Phillips

Leased from Saffron company.

 

August 1980 a fire is Mention

Palms

124 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

“Serving dinner, 5pm – 12am daily”. Restaurant

 

From March 1979 TBC

Patchs

33 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, Roger Claude Teyssedre, Alex and Abe Saffron

“Sydney’s hottest gay disco”.. Large lighted floor. Good cruising bar.

Spunky young crowd.

From 1976

Rock Village

161 Brougham Street, Woolloomooloo

 

Large disco.

Not camp, but good young spunky trade

 

Ruby Reds

273 Crown Street, Darlinghurst

Dawn O’Donnell, Roger Claude Teyssedre, Alex and Abe Saffron

Where Sydney girls meet. Open nightly from 8pm.

Lesbians

1979

Syd’s

256 Crown St, Darlinghurst. Entrance Foley St.

 

Cabaret venue.

 

Listing January 1980

Stranded

Strand Arcade, Pitt Street, Sydney

 

Holds Mr Leather Awards. In October it is open for lunch

 

Listing March 1980

Tina’s

242 William Street, Kings Cross

Tina, Graham and Abe Saffron

Elegant stylish bar.

Young crowd.

From September 1975

Traffic Light Wine Bar

242 Oxford Street, Paddington

Terry is your host

Elegant wine bar.

Top young clientele.

From 1963

Tricks

2 Kellett Street, Kings Cross

 

Formerly Carlisle House Castellos, Bunkhouse

Good young crowd

From November 1980

Tropicana, Tropicana 85,

85 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

David Ross, Nick Lorschy

Macho night on Weds July 1980. In August becomes A Man’s Disco/Midnight Shift.

 

Closes Aug 1980

Venus Room

6 Orwell Street, Kings Cross

 

Late night cruise bar.

Spunky young trade

 

Yolanda’s Wine Bar

9 Pittwater Road, Manly

 

Good cruising bar.

Young crowd.

Listing August 1980

Hotels

 

 

 

 

 

Agincourt Hotel

Harris St & Broadway

 

Could be dangerous

Mixed, commercial trade, rough,

Listing October 1980

Albury Hotel

6 Oxford Street, Paddington

Leigh Jennings

Top bar for cruising.

Young spunky crowd.

From 28 July 1980

Apollo Bar (Imperial Hotel)

252 Oxford Street, Paddington

 

Bar seven nights, restaurant entertainment. Mostly male crowd.

 

After 1979

Back Bar (Oriental Hotel)

230 Crown St, Darlinghurst

 

 

 

Listed August 1980

Beresford Hotel (Badlands)

354 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.

Barry Cecchini

Popular cruise bar and restaurant.

Macho Levi Crowd

From November 1979

Bibi’s (Woollahra Hotel)

116 Queen Street, Woollahra

 

 

 

Listed July 1979

Carlton Rex

56 Castlereagh Street, Sydney

 

Popular cruising spot. Commercial trade

 

Listed October 1980

Chevron Hotel

81 Macleay Street, Kings Cross

 

Some commercial trade

 

Listed October 1980

Civic Hotel

398 Pitt Street, City

 

Some good commercial trade

Mainly straight

Listed October 1980

Cricketer’s Arms

106 Fitzroy Street, Surry Hills

 

Stumps restaurant upstairs August 1980,

Spunky young crowd.

From 1973

East Sydney Hotel

111 Cathedral Street, East Sydney

 

Jazz band, food. Drag shows weekends

 

Listing August 1980

Flinders Hotel

63 Flinders Street, Surry Hills

Peter Brider. Hosts Peter and Mitch

 

Macho men’s bar.

From August 1980

Huntsman’s Bar (Royal George Hotel)

Cnr King & Sussex Streets, Sydney

 

“Good meeting place for that after work drink.”

 

Listing August 1979

Rex Hotel (Bottoms Up Bar)

58 Macleay St, Kings Cros

 

Good cruising bar.

Mainly young crowd. Good commercial scene.

From 1955

Royal Hotel

237 Glenmore Road, Paddington

 

Good cruise bars and restaurant

 

Listed October 1980

Royal Oak Hotel

Bay Street, Double Bay

 

Top trendy pub

Spunky young numbers and trade

Listed October 1980

Town Hall Hotel (City)

Park and George Streets, City

 

Upstairs bar, good young trade

 

Listed October 1980

Town Hall Hotel Balmain (restaurant)

366 Darling Street, Balmain

 

 

 

Jenny and Rob open the restaurant November  1980

Unicorn Hotel

106 Oxford Street, Paddington.

 

 

Mostly male crowd

From October 1979

Male Saunas/Sex on Premises

 

 

 

 

 

253

253 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Neil Taylor

 

Hunky hot men and young trade

1973 – 1988

Barracks

2 then 7 Flinders St, Darlinghurst

 

Hot and heavy macho bar. Games and bunkrooms.

Good young trade

Listing August 1980

Bunkhouse Sauna

2nd Fl, 2 Kellet Street, Kings Cross

Abe Saffron

“Open 7 nights from 8pm. Friendly and gay.”

 

1979

Club 80

80 William Street, East Sydney, then Road Block, 48 Little Oxford St, Darlinghurst

 

Geoff Arnold

Macho leather bar and games room

 

Listing 1979 Listing at new address August1980

The Footballers Club aka The Football Sauna

80 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

 

Male sauna, TV room, movies, roof garden.

 

 From 24 August 1980

Kensington Karate Klub

KKK, Ken’s Karate Klub,

83 - 85 Anzac Pde, Kensington

Ken (Kandy) Johnson

1973 - 1984

Kandy returns in shows in Nov 1980. Top sauna.

 

From 1972

King Steam

Mezzanine Level, 127 King St,

Roger Claude Teyssedre and Colin

 

 

1974 – 1980

King Steam

Lees Court off King Street/rear 128 Pitt St, Sydney.

Roger Claude Teyssedre and Colin

 

Good young crowd.

After June 1980

Bondi Junction Steam

109 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

Dawn O’Donnell

 

 

1967 - 21 March 1980

The Pits

109 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction

Dawn O’Donnell

It is destroyed by fire.

 

From 21 March 1980 to 8 Sept 1980

Roman Bath

250 Pitt St, Sydney

David Ross, Nicholas Lorschy

“Relax in the most luxurious and well appointed steam bath in the southern hemisphere.”

Good young trade during day

1973

Signal

121 Crown Street, East Sydney. (entry via Crown Lane)

David Lorschy. It is sold in October 1979.

“Open every night from 10pm.”

“Get your ass here and see what the future as in store for it”

 

From 1977 (TBC)

Bookshops and Galleries

 

 

 

 

Exiles

207 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

 

 

 

Listing October 1980

 Updated: 2 April 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various incomplete gay newspaper and magazine collections from 1980.

 

1980 Community and activist groups

 

Group

Address

Date listed

AA (Sydney) Gay Group

46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listing October 1980

Acceptance

46 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst

Listing December 1979

Acceptance Gay Line

 

Listing September 1980

Acceptance Wollongong

Box 256, Fairymeadow

Listing September 1980

ALP Gay Group

Box 350, Broadway

Listing August 1980

Amazing Doreens

Box 764, Darlinghurst

Box 764, Darlinghurst

Angays

02 827 3063

Mention May 1980

Armidale Gay Group (TAGS) aka Armidale GaySoc

PO Box 581, Armidale

Listing September 1980

Boomerang Social Club

PO Box 94, Broadway

Listing March 1979

Black, ethnic and Third World Gays

c/- CAMP

Listing October 1980

CAMP NSW

33a Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe

Listing July 1980

CAMP Women’s CR Group

33a Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe

Set up June 29 1980

Campus Homosexual Collective

Alexander Mackie CAE

Listing August 1980

Capricorn Social Club

Box 62, Croydon Park

Listing April1980

Central Coast Gay Group

Box 107, Umina

Listing November 1980

Chameleons Club

35 Cambridge St, Paddington

Listing October 1980

Chutzpah

Kim and Warren

Listing October 1980

Clover Women’s Club

Box 28, St Leonards

Listing August 1980

Council of Gay Groups

Box C369, Clarence Street

Listing October 1980

Country Network

Box 903, Dubbo

Listing August 1980

Cricketer’s Arms Social Club

106 Fitzroy, Surry Hills

Listing August 1980

Cronulla Gay Group

Box 195, Cronulla

Listing 1979

The Dolphins

Beresford Hotel

Listing June 1979

Family Social Club

Chatswood

Listing 1979

Feminist Bookshop

2 Rowntree St, Balmain

Listing September 1980

Fitness Exchange

121 Crown Street, East Sydney

New location from 9 Feb 1980

Friends of Gay Theatre

Kings Cross

Listing May 1980

Gay Al-Anon

46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Listing November 1980

Gay ALP Group

Broadway

Listing August 1980

Gay Community Services Centre Trust Fund

 

Set up 5 November 1980

Gay Film Fund

Box 50, Darlinghurst

Listed September 1980

Gay Film Group

Box 217, Darlinghurst

Listed September 1980

Gay Health Group

Box 272, Mascot

Listed October 1980

Gay History Group

Box A76, South Sydney

Listed August 1980

Gay Jewish Social Group

Kim and Warren

Listed October 1980

Gay Left

Exiles Bookshop

Listing December 1980

Gay Liberation Group (UNE)

c/- SRC

Listing October 1980

Gay Men’s Rap

215 Liverpool Street, then F/X Liverpool St, Darlinghurst Weds 8pm

Listing 1979

Gay Poetics Group

Est at 6th Conference

Listed September 1980

Gay Rights Lobby

CAMP

Established 16 October 1980

Gay Solidarity Group

Box 380, Broadway

Listing 1979

Gay Task Force

Box 6, Balmain

Listing 1979

Gay Teachers and Students Group

Box 3, Kingsgrove

Listing Aug 1980

Gay Theatre Group

Box 22, Kings Cross

Listing March 1980

Gay Trade Unionists Group

Box 71, Newtown

Listed August 1980

Gay Union of Tertiary Staff

Sydney University

Mention August 1980

Gay Waves

2SER FM

Mention March 1980

Jamiest Society

Box K133, Haymarket

Listed October 1980

Knights of the Chameleons

Phone number

First formal Ball ad July 1980

Lambda Radio CB Group

Box 101, Kings Cross

Folds July 1980

Leichhardt Women’s Centre

164 Flood St, Leichhardt

Listing August 1980

Lesbian Feminist Action Front

GPO Box, 271, City

First listing October 1980

Lesbian Feminists

62 Regent St, Chippendale

Listed August 1980

Lesbian Group at the Women’s Health Centre, Liverpool

George Street, Liverpool

Listing 1980

Lesbian Line

Phone number

Listing December 1980

Lesbian Mothers

Box 6, Balmain

Listed October 1980

Lesbian Teachers

Box 2070, Nth Parramatta

Listed August 1980

Liverpool Women’s Centre

273 George Street, Liverpool

Listed October 1980

Loving Brotherhood

Box 43, Berry

Listed October 1980

Mardi Gras Task Group

Brickfield Hill

Listed September 1980

Macquarie Uni Gays

Box 70, Macquarie University

Listing August 1980

Mardi Gras Committee 1981

 

Listing October 1980

Metropolitan Community Church

265 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, Village Church, Paddington

Listing 1979

MCC Newcastle Gayline

Phone number

Listed September 1980

Mirshvar Dagan Group

Box 271, Campsie

Listing August 1980

Mountaineers

Box 3, Springwood

Mention May 1980

Mystics Group

c/- CAMP

First meeting September 1980

National Conference of Lesbians and Homosexual Men 6th

Newtown

Mention July 1980

Newcastle Gay Liberation

76 Church Street, Newcastle

Listing October 1980

Newcastle Gay Line MCC

46 7303

Listing October 1980

Newcastle Gay Society

Box 320, Hamilton

Listing September 1980

Newcastle Women’s Group

Box 237, Mayfield

Listing September 1980

NEXUS

Village Church, Paddington

Listing November 1980

Northshore Alternative

Box 75, Dee Why

Listing August 1980

Parents of Gays, then Parents and Friends of Gays

Meets at Friends House, Surry Hills.

Mention May 1980

Phone a friend becomes Gay Counselling Service Oct 1980

CAMP NSW

Listing 1979

Rollerskating

At Maxy’s 600 George St

Advert October 1980

Polynesians

GPO Box 2935, Sydney

Listing August 1980

Rogue

Box 188, Wentworth Bldg

Listing September 1980

The Roos Bike Club

Box 1207, Brickfield Hill

Listing July 1980

Scandal Social Club

Cabramatta

Listing September 1980

Seahorse Club

Box 341, Royal Exchange

Listing August 1980

South Pacific Motor Club

2 Lilyfield Rd, Rozelle

Listing June 1980

Stonewall Day Collective

 

Listing December 1980

SWAG

Box 557, Wagga Wagga

Listing September 1980

Sydney University Gay Society SUGAYS

Sydney University

Mention Sept 1980

Tiffany 11

229 Concord Road, North Strathfield

Listing October 1980

Unicorn Club

241 3583

Listing August 1980

University of NSW Lesbians

Box 67, The Union, UNSW

Listed August 1980

University of NSW Gay Society

Box 67, The Union, UNSW

Listing June 1980

The Villagers

Box 429, Liverpool

Listing March 1980

Women’s Liberation House

62 Regent Street, Chippendale

Listing August 1980

Women’s Warehouse

Market 9, Bay 9, Haymarket

Listing August 1980

Writer’s Group

Box 115, Edgecliff

Listed August 1980

Young Gays

c/- CAMP

Listing December 1980

Updated: 2 April 2016 by John Witte using listings and mentions in various incomplete gay newspaper and magazine collections from 1980.  

 

1980 community events

Date

If not in Sydney

Event

18 January 1980

 

International Vanities latest show is Didgeree Drag.

27 January 1980

 

The Sydney Star newspaper hosts a Tea Dance fundraiser for a Gay Community Services Centre. Attendance is poor and the event loses money.

27 January 1980

 

A Summer Offensive event, a Bridget Goes Gay beach party is held at Bondi Beach.

9 February 1980

 

A Summer Offensive event, Lesbian Action Day, is held at Glebe Town Hall.

9 February 1980

 

Fitness Exchange opens at a new location, 121-129 Crown Street.

14 February 1980

 

Peter Allen opens for a three week season at Her Majesty’s Theatre with his show Up In One.

17 February 1980

 

The final scene of Desire a film about Sydney’s gay scene is filmed at Patchs.

23 February 1980

 

A Summer Offensive event, Gay Relationships: a Spiritual Symposium is held at Sydney University.

March 1980

 

A Task Group is set up within Gay Solidarity Group (GSG) to run the third Mardi Gras.

March 1980

 

The first issue of Gay Information is published.

March 1980

 

The Exchange Hotel opens as a gay venue.

9 March 1980

 

The Lambda Radio CB Group holds a Forum with speakers from community and business and the Anti-Discrimination Board at the Acceptance Centre 46 Oxford Street.

11 March 1980

 

A Summer Offensive event, a forum Gays in our schools is held at Federation House. The booklet Young, Gay and Proud is discussed.

20 March 1980

Hawaii

Gary Whitelaw, 29 is questioned by Immigration and Naturalisation Service airport officials when he arrives from Australia on suspicion he was homosexual.

22 March 1980

 

1000 marchers and some floats participate in a march for gay rights in the city as the culmination of the Summer Offensive. A festival, dinner and a dance are later held at Bondi Pavilion.

April 1980

 

Max Pearce wins pre-selection as a Labor Party candidate for the Sydney City Council. He is the first openly gay candidate endorsed by a major party.

8 April 1980

 

Patrick Brookes is chosen as Mr Leather Australia at Stranded nightclub. He will represent Australia at the International Leather Contest in Chicago.

25 April 1980

Melbourne

Socialism and Homosexuality Conference is held.

May 1980

 

A group for married gays is formed through Phone-a-Friend.

May 1980

 

The Gay Teens Group for under 20s is formed by MCC, Acceptance and CAMP.

10 May 1980

Chicago

Patrick Brookes is chosen winner of the International Leather Awards.

14 May 1980

 

The Gay Theatre Company presents P.S. Your Cat is Dead at the Wayside Chapel with the assistance of the first grant from the Australia Council for an openly gay play.

17 May 1980

 

The Capricorn Social Club holds a disco and a show featuring Judi Connelli at Coronation Hall, Mascot.

June 1980

ACT

New security guidelines for the Australian Public Service state that an openly gay person is not a risk.

1 June 1980

 

Community groups meet and form Gays Against Violence (GAV) in response to the release of the movie Cruising.

10 June 1980

 

William Friedkin, director, previews his film, Cruising at the Village Cinemas. Community leaders decide to take no action about the film.

17 June 1980

 

The Federal Executive of the ACOA union supports anti-discrimination protection for homosexual public servants.

20 June 1980

 

The film Witches, Faggots, Dykes & Poofters by Digby Duncan is launched.

21 June 1980

 

Council of Gay Groups (COGG) holds a Gay Pride Week dance at the Acceptance Centre, 46 Oxford Street.

27 June 1980  

 

The first performance by the Gay Liberation Quire.

28 June 1980

 

1,500 people and floats for the first time take part in the third Mardi Gras parade, themed Outrageous. From Town Hall Square it heads up George, Liverpool and Oxford Streets to Paddington Town Hall.

30 June 1980

 

Lambda Radio CB Group dissolves.

July 1980

 

The Sydney Morning Herald allows the word “gay” in accommodation adverts.

July 1980        

 

Gay activists picket Greek Consulate in defence of the Greek gay journal, Amphi.

July 1980

 

The Capricorn Social Club folds.

July 1980

 

The Flinders Hotel opens as a gay owned venue.

16 July 1980

 

The first meeting of Parents of Gays is held at Friends House, Devonshire Street, Surry Hills.

26 July 1980

 

The Boomerangs dance and floor show, Tripping Across America is held at Coronation Hall, Mascot.

August 1980

 

The Gay Theatre Company opens its production of Spitting Image at the Wayside Chapel theatre.

August 1980

 

Reverend Moyes and Reverend Nile organise opposition to the Uniting Church agreement to lease the Kirk Theatre in Cleveland Street to the Metropolitan Community Church (MCC). The agreement is subsequently rescinded.

August 1980

 

CAMP NSW and Gaysoc publish the 1980 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Guide.

August 1980

 

The Peak nightclub is destroyed by fire.

August 1980

 

85 Oxford Street “a man’s disco”, opens.

11 August 1980

 

Bob Hay is elected secretary of CAMP, replacing Terry Goulden, at the group’s 11th AGM.

16 August 1980

 

The University of NSW Gaysoc holds a dance at the Squarehouse Bar.

16 August 1980

 

The South Pacific Motor Club (SPMC) celebrates its 10th anniversary at Kei-Ron.

22 August 1980

 

A Sixth National Conference fundraiser dance is held at the Labor Club 464 Bourke Street, Surry Hills.

24 August 1980

 

The Footballers Club sauna is opened at 80 Oxford Street.

29 August 1980

 

A conference of the Gay Union Tertiary Staff (GUTS) is held prior to the Sixth National Conference.

30-31 August 1980

 

The Sixth National Conference for Lesbians and Homosexual Men opens at Sydney University.

September 1980

Melbourne

Shiela Cruz, the producer of Les Girls for 16 years is killed in a railway accident.

September 1980

 

Phone-a-Friend sets up a second counselling telephone line paid for by the Boomerangs social club.

September 1980

 

A meeting of 12 community organisations and businesses discuss the possibility of a Gay Community Services Centre.

September 1980

 

Black, Ethnic and Third World Gays, a contact group meets every Saturday at 33a Glebe Point Road.

8 September 1980

 

The Pits at Oxford Street, Bondi Junction is destroyed by fire.

13 September 1980

 

The Boomerangs present Stepping Through The Decades at the Balmain Town Hall.

14 September 1980

 

The Ballroom and Didgeree Drag shows close at International Vanities.

17 and 24 September 1980

 

Public meetings discuss proposals for a summer Gay Mardi Gras for 1981.

18 September 1980

 

Gay Men’s Rap now meets at F/X, Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst every Tuesday.

20 September 1980

 

A Women’s Liberation Forum is held at the Women’s Warehouse, Bay 9, 4 Ultimo Road, Haymarket.

20 September 1980

 

MCC presents A Night in Paris at the Acceptance Centre in Oxford Street.

28 September 1980

 

The Gay Poetics Group meets for the first time at 33a Glebe Point Road.

28 September 1980

 

The Mystics Group meets every second Sunday at 33a Glebe Point Road.

October 1980

 

The Gay Jewish Social Group (GJSC) is formed to provide a mutually supportive environment for Jewish gays.

4  October 1980

 

The Sydney University Gay Society and CAMP NSW Dance is held at Manning House, University of Sydney.

15 October 1980

 

A public meeting elects a 25 member 1981 Mardi Gras Committee.

16  October 1980           

 

NSW Trades and Labour Council adopts a strong pro-gay policy, calling on Premier Wran to repeal anti-gay laws and broaden the Anti-Discrimination Act. It is engineered by Craig Johnston and the Academics’ Union.

16  October 1980

 

The Gay Rights Lobby is formed by Lex Watson and Craig Johnston

28 October 1980

 

Fire causes major damage to 85 Oxford Street (Midnight Shift). The venue re-opens on 7th November with the help of community volunteers.

November 1980

 

Lesbian Line is set up.

November 1980

 

NEXUS, a group helping disabled gays meets fortnightly.

November 1980

Gosford

The Central Coast Gay Group is formed and meets weekly at the Copper Door Restaurant.

November 1980

 

Gay Al-Anon formed to help gay alcoholics, commences weekly meetings at the Acceptance Centre.

2 November 1980

 

The annual Polympics is held at Milperra.

5 November 1980

 

The Gay Community Services Centre Trust, an educational and welfare organisation is set up by seven trustees who will launch an appeal for funds to purchase premises in the inner city.

20  November 1980

 

The Gay Rights Lobby writes a letter to Premier Wran calling for the repeal of anti-homosexual laws.

22 November 1980

 

COGGS Olde Tyme Christmas Dance is held at the Glebe Town Hall.

29 November 1980

 

Gay organisations set up stalls at the Queen Street Fair.

December 1980

 

NSW Teachers’ Federation adopts a policy to recognise lesbian and gay relationships for the purposes of superannuation.

7 December 1980

 

GayLeft, an organisation of lesbians and gay activists with a liberationist perspective, is formed.

13 December 1980

 

Boomerangs hold a dance Space Lace at Coronation Hall, Mascot.

16 December 1980

 

Patches nightclub entrance stairwell is firebombed at 4:30 am.

17-18  December 1980

Melbourne

A Crimes (Sexual Offences) Bill as amended by a hostile Liberal Party backbench is passed by the Victorian Legislative Council.

21 December 1980

 

A Gay Community Services Centre Christmas party is held at 600 George Street.


 Updated: 19/9/15