Tag: sydney gay and lesbian mardi gras

  • Mardi Gras

    Mardi Gras

    About 10.45am on Friday, I received the following text message from a friend and former colleague. “Watching you on tv xxx move out from behind Nat where do I buy merch?” Shortly afterwards, she added, “Ps I’m in WA forgot time difference”. If you look closely at the video below, you’ll see me as a “backdrop” to a live cross on ABC News Breakfast.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras”

  • ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

    ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

    “It’s all going so fast”, I said to my colleague to the left of me.

    We were walking / marching / dancing along Oxford Street, as part of the “ABC Pride” float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

    Even though ABC Pride is a staff-led initiative (it was not an “official” ABC float), it was awesome to have Managing Director, David Anderson on the float, and ABC Chair, Ita Buttrose came along to meet and greet everyone, before making her way to the party at Taylor Square.… Read the rest “ABC Pride in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade”

  • Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt

    Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt

    Having spent a few years in the early 1990s, living in Wagga Wagga, I was well aware of the story of Captain Moonlite, the bushranger, and the hold-up at nearby Wantabadgery Station in 1879. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Captain_Moonlite

    What I wasn’t aware of until the mid 1990s, was the suggestion he had been involved in a same-sex relationship with James Nesbitt, a member of his gang.… Read the rest “Captain Moonlite and James Nesbitt”

  • Pump Up The Jam

    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.… Read the rest “Pump Up The Jam”

  • Riot Preview Screening

    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.… Read the rest “Riot Preview Screening”

  • Museum of Love & Protest

    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 the exhibition.

  • Memories Of Mardi Gras 1978

    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 twenty years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017

    Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017

    “The last time I went to the party, I saw YOU there”, I said to a colleague this week, in response to the question about my plans for Mardi Gras. “Oh that was a long time ago”, she responded. Though they say you’re only as old as you feel, I definitely feel too old for the party.… Read the rest “Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade 2017”

  • Mardi Gras History Walk

    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.… Read the rest “Mardi Gras History Walk”