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Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras - March 9 2019

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!

Fair Day 2019: Meet the 78ers

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.

Mardi Gras 78er Kate Rowe addresses the 2019 Fair Day in Sydney's Victoria Park as part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations and commemorations.


Thanks to William Brougham for the video and some of the photos. Other photos by Steve Mclaren, Rebbell Barnes, Sandra Gobbo.

Photos & Video from Rainbow Immigration and Refugee forum

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.

The Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force, in which some 78ers were key movers in the 1980s, assisted overseas partners of LGBTIQ Australians to migrate here. Speakers include Betty Hounslow, Ken Davis, Mitchell Skipsey and Tina Dixson. Today, our community is outraged by the plight of LGBTIQ refugees and people seeking asylum.

(Video by William Brougham)

78ers Reunion 41

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 info@78ers.org.au 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!

Video of Salon78 - Out and Loud, the Gay Liberation Quire

Salon 78 presents Out and Loud - The Gay Liberation Quire (1981 - 1987) at the Beresford in Sydney. The event took place on the 9th of December 2018 and was organised by First Mardi Gras Inc. This video presents an afternoon of performance and reminiscence with members of the original Gay Liberation Quire.

The Gay Liberation Quire (1981-87) reformed for one afternoon in December 2018 and performed a number of songs including 'Thank You Lord For Gay Liberation'. The event was hosted by First Mardi Gras Inc and took place at the Beresford in Sydney. #GayLiberationQuire #BeresfordSundays #FirstMardiGrasInc

Thanks to William Brougham for both these videos of the event.

Video of Salon78 - Fighting for our rights - then and now

The 40th Anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is not only about the night of 24 June 1978, it also recognises the massive Drop the Charges Campaign that followed. Forty years later we have achieved a lot, but LGBTIQ people in many countries are still fighting for their rights.

Thanks to William Brougham for the video

78ers Fighting for our rights - then and now

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

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78ers Tribute Night at Red Raw

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. 

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Fundraiser Trivia Night

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! 

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78ers lead Marriage Equality rally

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.