In the forty years since the first Mardi Gras many gains have been achieved but LGBTIQ people in many countries are still fighting for their rights. At this FREE special event 78ers reflect on the social and political context of the first Mardi Gras and its impact.
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78ers showed off their killer dance moves at Red Raw on Saturday 10th February at the AB Hotel Glebe. There was plenty of action on the dance floor as patrons got into music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. A fundraiser raffle was also held with the lucky winners walking away with a range of prizes including artworks, challenging boxed quiz game Question Time and mint condition LPs from 80s girl bands Stray Dags and Sticky Beat.
First Mardi Gras is pleased to report that the fundraiser Trivia Night held on Monday 5th February at the Bank Hotel, Newtown was a huge success. Over 100 people attended the event, with teams competing for the major prize, a Dirty Dozen brewery tour sponsored by Young Henrys. The team prize was won by the Young Ones but there were plenty of fabulous raffle prizes also won. Raffle prizes included a framed original linocut, tickets to the Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Museum, Art Galley and Dendy Cinemas.
Funds raised will be applied to supporting low income 78ers travel to Sydney for the 40th Anniversary and contributing to staging of 78er Anniversary events.
There were many requests for a repeat trivia night so watch this space!
First Mardi Gras has received a $6,000 grant from the City of Sydney Council to stage 40 Years of Queer Art: Rebellion and Subversion. The Exhibition will run for two weeks during the 2018 40th Anniversary Mardi Gras Festival. See 40th Anniversary on this website for more details.
A Yes rally will be held at Parramatta on October 29 at 11.30am outside of the Parramatta Town Hall. It will then march to the annual Pride Picnic on the Parramatta River Foreshore.
Together with Community Action Against Homophobia, 78ers today led the largest GLBTIQ march in Australian history. 78ers were acknowledged by speakers at the rally held in Sydney Town Hall Square before leading the march to Circular Quay. The number of participants attending the rally and march was estimated at 30,000. Participants were still leaving Town Hall Square after the march leaders had arrived at the Quay.