Pump Up The Jam

"What are your plans for Mardi Gras? Are you going to the parade? Are you going to the party?" have been the questions colleagues have been asking me over the last couple of weeks. When I've told them, "I'm actually a little shy, I'm not very good with crowds", they've seemed a little disappointed. But [...]

Riot Preview Screening

There were moments in the movie, Riot, where I had to look away. I'm not one for violence in movies, as I often find the violence in films is somewhat gratuitous. Though you wouldn't say that about this film, which recounts the events of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 1978. In [...]

Museum of Love & Protest

There was quite a crowd tonight in Sydney at the National Art School. As part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for 2018, currently underway, there's a terrific exhibition called, "The Museum of Love & Protest", which commemorates forty-years since the first ever Mardi Gras. These are some of my favourite photographs from [...]

Memories Of Mardi Gras 1978

As we head into Mardi Gras season in Sydney, and in particular the fortieth anniversary (though strictly speaking, it's half way through the year), I thought I'd re-share an earlier post from 2016. I recently had an email from someone interested in the oral history project I had been involved in back in 1998, celebrating [...]

Mardi Gras History Walk

"Tom Hughes was Lucy Turnbull's dad", I whispered into the ear of my friend Graeme. Though it wasn't specifically mentioned on the Mardi Gras History Walk, it was something I knew which added to the story. Historian, Robert French was talking about a meeting of the Liberal Party of NSW held in the early 1970s. [...]