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Queer viewers have paid emotional tribute to Australia’s pioneering Mardi Gras protesters “the ’78ers,” depicted in the ABC’s TV movie Riot on Sunday night. The movie follows some of the key figures, including Lance Gowland and Marg McMann, who were part of Sydney’s first gay rights activist group CAMP (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) NSW and …

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The organisers of this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras have been criticised by the original activists, the 78ers, for not “appreciating the pain and damage” suffered by the group. This year is the 40th anniversary of the protest rally on June 24, 1978 that was marred by police violence and arrests but would be looked back …

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The men and women who protested at the very first Mardi Gras march in Sydney will come together to protest treatment of gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya. In June 1978, the “78ers” marched through Darlinghurst to call for LGBTI equality, but they were assaulted by police, arrested and outed in the media. …

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