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ron austin 78er sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras

City of Sydney councillors observed a minute’s silence on Monday night to memorialise gay activist and Mardi Gras ‘78er Ron Austin, who passed away a month ago. Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore also honoured Austin’s “outstanding” contribution to Mardi Gras and his long history of LGBTIQ activism with the following tribute. I pay tribute to …

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ron austin 78er sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras

Ron Austin, one of the pioneering Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 78ers, has passed away in Sydney at age 90. Austin was among the marchers in the first Mardi Gras parade along Sydney’s Oxford Street in 1978. That group is now known as “The 78ers”. He was an early member of LGBTIQ rights group …

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Riot Logie Nominations

ABC telemovie Riot has won three awards at this year’s Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards in Sydney on Wednesday night. The movie depicted the 78ers, the group of original Mardi Gras activists, and their fateful June 1978 march which was violently broken up by police. Fifty-three of the marchers were arrested, …

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A controversial push for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to ban the Liberal party and NSW Police from marching in the annual parade was defeated at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting at the weekend. Ahead of the AGM on Saturday, the Pride in Protest group said they wanted “to bring back the proud protest …

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Peter de Waal and Peter Bonsall Boone, known to friends as Peter and Bon

The groundbreaking work of one of Australia’s first political organisations for gay and lesbian people, CAMP Inc, will be recognised with a special award next month. The Honour Awards is an annual fundraising benefit held in Sydney which celebrates outstanding service and achievements in New South Wales’s LGBTIQ community. CAMP Inc, otherwise known as the …

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Mick Fuller

A group of ’78ers have heard New South Wales Police Commissioner Mick Fuller deliver an apology for the police violence that marred the original Mardi Gras march on June 24, 1978. That night, the marchers held a celebratory parade that was violently broken up by police. Fifty-three of the marchers were arrested, beaten and publicly …

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Sydney mardi gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has unveiled a three-storey high art installation to celebrate the event’s 40th anniversary. June 24 marked 40 years since the first ever Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebration-turned-protest, and last Friday Mardi Gras and City of Sydney on Friday unveiled 40 Years of Love, a vibrant inflatable art …

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78ers

By Andrew Trounson, University of Melbourne The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s largest annual celebration of LGBT+ people and one of Australia’s biggest single tourist attractions. An estimated 300,000 people turned out for the 2018 parade in March, highlighting just how mainstream LGBT+ culture has become here. And only four months …

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Cher

Superstar Cher made a surprise appearance in the crowd at the 40th anniversary of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday night. The longtime gay icon was the headline performer at the Mardi Gras afterparty on Saturday night and organisers had hinted she may make an appearance during the parade as it moved along …

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Can’t make it to Sydney for Mardi Gras? Brisbane’s Sportsman Hotel are inviting everyone to come together to watch the parade live on the big screen in the venue’s Lounge Bar this Saturday night. The venue are throwing a Mardi Gras party that evening, with shows by drag performer Miss Synthetique and special guests at …

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