Was the pain worth the gain?  In conversation with 78ers  

Sat 17th Feb 2.00pm-5.00pm, East Sydney Community and Arts CentRe, 34-40 burton St Darlinghurst

In this forum, some 78ers will provide their personal perspectives on the political and social contexts of their lives by focusing on 3 time periods: 

  • 1970 – 1978
  • Late 70s – mid-80s
  • Late 80s- 90s.

The aim is for the speakers to spark discussion amongst participants by briefly touching on some or all of the following:

  • the broader social and political context of the periods – in Australia and internationally
  • some of the main issues and challenges pre-occupying the GLBTIQ movement and its various communities during each of these periods
  • the diversity of gay, lesbian and queer organisations that emerged, and their relationship to each other
  • the distinctive cultural communities and commercial scenes that evolved and how these interacted with the more ‘political’ movement activists
  • how these developments and organisations were both influenced by, and had an impact on, other social movements and the broader political context
  • relations between different groups of lesbians and gay men at various stages, ranging across the spectrum from coalitionism to separatism.

78ers stall at Fair Day

SUNDAY 18th February 10.00am - 5.30pm, Victoria Park, Camperdown

Come and visit the 78ers stall at Fair Day and learn about the history of the first Mardi Gras and the social and political issues of the time.  78ers will be on duty throughout the day to answer your questions and short interviews with 78ers will be screened. Limited edition 40th Anniversary badges on sale!  


Panels featuring 78ers

Rainbow Reflections, Thursday 22nd February, 6.30pm-9.30pm, General Lecture Theatre, Quadrangle Building, Sydney University Parramatta Rd  

78er and First Mardi Gras Secretary Robyn Kennedy will be participating in the Rainbow Reflections panel discussing the major hurdles we’ve overcome and how far we need to go for equality in the broader community. Tickets available from https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/rainbow-reflections-40-years-of-lgbti-history-tickets-38713343653

Queer Thinking, Saturday 24th February, 1.30pm-3.00pm at Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St Everleigh

78er and First Mardi Gras Committee member Betty Hounslow will be participating in the Queer Thinking panel, How to Change the World, moderated by Julie McCrossin.  Tickets available from www.mardigras.org.au

       Robyn Kennedy                                                                          Betty Hounslow

       Robyn Kennedy                                                                          Betty Hounslow


40 Years of Queer Art: Rebellion and Subversion

Comber St Studios, 5 Comber St Paddington

OPENING NIGHT: 21st February 6.00pm-8.00pm, opening address by David Marr

DURATION: 21st February – 8th March

HOURS: 11.00am – 5.00pm

A celebration of 40 years of queer art in Australia showcasing works by over 20 LGBTQI artists who have created diverse, thought provoking, stylistically varied works that subversively engage with the politics of identity, community and activism.

The works range across painting, drawing, prints, posters, photography and multimedia. The exhibition highlights the role of queer artists in changing societal attitudes, subverting the politics around LGBTIQ and contributing to queer culture.

Art works featured include those by renowned photographers such as William Yang and C. Moore Hardy and contemporary artists such as Lisa Anderson, Kim Leutwyler and Tina Fiveash. There is the opportunity to see works by artists David McDiarmid and Frances Phoenix, who contributed to the first Mardi Gras exhibition at Watters Gallery in Sydney in1978; as well as to be introduced to lesser-known, later generations of queer artists.  A number of the works will be available for purchase.

The exhibition also includes rarely seen photographs, posters and imagery from the 1970s and 1980s reflecting the fight for LGBTIQ rights, including the first Mardi Gras.

The exhibition has been curated by 78ers.