On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. I was one of them.
On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, it’s worth revisiting the events of that night and reflecting on the remarkable lesson that, for oppressed minorities, there comes a time when enough is enough.
Much has been achieved, but it would be a major mistake to relax and assume that history is progressively improving.
Join us as we read to you here at Essays On Air, a podcast from The Conversation.
Today’s episode was edited by Sybilla Gross.
Snow by David Szesztay
Tom Robinson, Glad to be gay.
Mavis Staples, We shall not be moved
Podington Bear, Memory Wind, from Free Music Archive
David Szesztay, Flash, from Free Music Archive
David Szesztay, Looking Back, from Free Music Archive
Authors: Mark Gillespie, English for Academic Purposes Specialist, Anthropologist, Centre for English Teaching, University of Sydney