The 78ers were honoured to march in the Hay Mardi Gras right behind the Indigenous Elders who led the parade. There was a great turnout of around 200 colourful parade participants, both marching and on floats, and much fun was had by all. We look forward to attending again next year.
The below email was received from COTA NSW (Council of the Ageing), inviting people aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond to participate in an anonymous online survey as part of academic research. See below for more information and the link to the survey.
PERMISSION TO SPEAK: Giving older adults a voice in teaching health and aged care providers how to communicate about intimate matters.
Our sexuality changes as we age - but we know that many people in their 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond wish to remain sexually active.
We also know that health conditions and medications can affect sexuality and cause sexual problems. But it can be hard to find reliable, accurate information - especially if it's hard to talk to your health professional!
Alison Rahn - who spoke recently at the COTA NSW 50 Shades of Greying forum - is the lead researcher in a new study funded by the Australian Association of Gerontology. The outcome of this research will be training materials for health professionals to improve their communications skills with older people around sex and sexuality.
Alison is looking for people to participate in an anonymous online survey, which will take between 20 and 30 minutes to answer.
Your participation will be completely anonymous. You don't need to provide your name or any identifying details.
You don't have to participate - but your anonymous participation will help to make sure that health professionals have the skills and tools to have good discussions with older people about sex and sexuality - which is a win for everyone.
A contingent of 78ers traveled to Wagga Wagga to attend the inaugural Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras in March, an event that aims to raise the visibility of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex communities in the Riverina.
It was great to see a big roll-up for the event and we enjoyed mixing with locals and other visitors supporting the region after the Parade. Look out for us at the end of the month as we head to the Hay Mardi Gras, part of the Rainbow on the Plains Festival 29-31 March!
Photos from: https://www.facebook.com/waggamardigras
The 78ers had a great time in the Mardi Gras Parade on Saturday March 2nd, 2019!
Thanks to Robert French for the first photo below, and William Brougham for all the other photos below.
BBC Studios Australia & New Zealand hosted 78er Kate Rowe who talked with staff about queer history and the relevance of Mardi Gras in context of the world today.
JOY 94.9 is an LGBTI volunteer-based Melbourne (and online) community radio station committed to providing a voice for the diverse LGBTI communities, enabling freedom of expression, the breaking down of isolation and the celebration of our culture, achievements and pride.
On the eve of the 41st annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade, we look back on the origins of the now world-famous Sydney LGBTI pride extravaganza, as a series of gay rights marches by a brave group of activists, ending in arrests, shaming and unemployment.
Kate Rowe was one of the activists involved in the events of 1978, now proudly referred to as “The 78ers“, and she joins us to recount those events, explain why Mardi Gras is still important today, and what the theme of this year’s event– “Fearless” –means to her.
Many thanks to William Brougham for the video of Mother Inferior’s song. Mother Inferior’s songsheet is provided below so those at home can sing along.
Thanks to Rebbell Barnes and William Brougham for the photos taken at Reunion 41
Sydney turned on the sunshine for Fair Day 2019 (Sunday Feb 17) and the 78ers spent the day meeting and talking with friends - both new and old.
Thanks to William Brougham for the video and some of the photos. Other photos by Steve Mclaren, Rebbell Barnes, Sandra Gobbo.
Good roll up and enthusiastic response to our wonderful speakers at yesterday’s forum Salon78: Rainbow Immigration and Refugees.
Thanks to speakers Betty Hounslow, Ken Davis, Mitchell Skipsey and Tina Dixson and chair Garry Wotherspoon. And thanks to attendees including those from the Asylum Seekers Centre, Amnesty International, Teachers for Refugees and the STARTTS Program.
The event was recorded and is available to view in full on YouTube by clicking here, or is included below. Thanks to William Brougham for the video.
Reunion 41 will be held at the Colombian Hotel again on Wednesday 27th February, 5.00pm-8.00pm, with a special blessing by Mother Inferior. All 78ers and partners or guests are welcome to attend.
In 2018, First Mardi Gras held a special pre-Mardi Gras Parade 40th Anniversary event for 78ers and guests. This get together, Reunion 41, is on again this year. All 78ers and partners or guests are welcome to attend.
If you are joining us for Reunion 41, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for catering purposes.
If you require lift access, please email us with an approximate time of arrival.
The 78ers Parade T-shirt will be available to pick up at Reunion 41. Otherwise, it will be available at the 78ers Parade assembly area.
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
The Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force, in which some 78ers were key movers in the 1980s, assists overseas partners of LGBTIQ Australians to migrate here.
Today, 78ers are outraged by the plight of LGBTIQ refugees and asylum seekers.
Come along on Sunday February 10, 2019 to Salon78 presents Rainbow Immigration and Refugees and hear about services and campaigns to support these vulnerable members of our community.
Thanks to Garry Wotherspoon for putting this collection together for us to add to the First Mardi Gras Website.
Troye Sivan, a queer Australian pop singer, sat down with two 78ers - Karl & Diane - to chat about LGBTIQ activism then and now, and the importance of knowing our history.
Thanks to Junkee for the opportunity to sit down with Troye and have these discussions. Watch the interview below, or read the article here: https://junkee.com/troye-sivan-interview-mardi-gras/173059
In the forty years since the first Mardi Gras many gains have been achieved but LGBTQI people in many countries are still fighting for their rights. At this FREE special event on Sunday August 26 2018, 78ers reflect on the social and political context of the first Mardi Gras and its impact.
To attend this event, please register at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/78ers-fighting-for-our-rights-then-now-tickets-48509930508?aff=eac2
The first, First Mardi Gras Inc Annual Report (2017/2018) has been released, which includes the financial report, details on the events we ran throughout the year, our media engagements, sponsorships, special thanks and much more. Click here to read the 2017/2018 Annual Report.