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The First Mardi Gras: Was the Pain Worth the Gain?

  • East Sydney Community and Arts Centre 34-40 Burton Street Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010 Australia (map)

An afternoon with 78ers: 17th February 2.00pm – 5.00pm, East Sydney Community and Arts Centre, 34-40 Burton St, Darlinghurst


Join in a discussion with 78ers about political and personal life before and after the 1978 Mardi Gras. The discussion will focus on three periods: 1970-1978, late 70s – mid-80’s, late 80s- 90s. Topics will include:

- 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.

Entry by gold coin donation

Later Event: February 18
78ers Stall at Fair Day