Australian society in the late 1960s was hostile to homosexuals or, at least, its institutions were.The Law treated gay men as criminals who could be locked away for 14 years for the “abominable crime of buggery”, and the police were active in trying to prosecute them.He criticises Wellcome Australia for not applying for approval to widen the use of AZT.The SGLMG is a party to a conference called by the Liquor Administration Board (LAB), which will consider the future of dance parties at the Showground.The project was sparked by the bashing murder of Richard Johnson in Alexandria Park in early 1990.A silent demonstration sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby and Rights for All Male Sexworkers (RAMS) is held outside the Dowling Street Courts to protest against police action during the Festival of Light’s Kings Cross Jesus march.A new law is proclaimed which extends domestic violence legislation.Anyone harassed, physically threatened or molested can now take out a court order to impose conditions and restrict another person’s behaviour.
The following people participated in the first Mardi Gras and/or the related events .
In January they had lured Richard Johnson to a public toilet where he was bashed to death.
The Federal Minister for Community Services and Health, Brian Howe approaches the Australian National Council on AIDS, seeking advice on how best to encourage AIDS drug trials in Australia.
General Manager of Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, Cath Phillips, lodges a formal complaint with the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board against the General Manager of the Darling Harbour Authority, for refusing to allow the Mardi Gras parade to terminate in Darling Harbour.
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