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78ers to join Midsumma Pride March for the first time

A group of 78ers – the first Mardi Gras protesters from 1978 – will join the Midsumma Pride March in Melbourne for the first time this weekend. The Victorian capital’s annual Pride March is on Sunday (February 4). Over 18,000 people and 400 queer organisations are registered to march before tens of thousands more spectators. …

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Sydney Lord Mayor’s tribute to late Mardi Gras 78er Ron Austin

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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‘Personally sorry’: NSW Police Commissioner apologises to 78ers

A group of ’78ers have heard NSW 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 outed and shamed …

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‘Forever grateful to the 78ers’: LGBTIQ Aussies react to ‘Riot’

LGBTIQ viewers have paid emotional tribute to Australia’s pioneering Mardi Gras protesters “the ’78ers,” following the ABC’s telemovie Riot on Sunday. 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 the landmark protest …

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First Mardi Gras Marchers ‘The 78ers’ To Protest Chechnya

The 78ers, the original Mardi Gras protestors, will come together to protest the treatment of gay men in the Russian region of Chechnya. In June 1978, the 78ers marched through Darlinghurst to call for LGBTI equality. Police assaulted some of the marchers and arrested many. The arrested marchers were later outed by the Sydney Morning …