The first recorded execution for sodomy.
People found guilty of sodomy are executed.
In the Australian Colonies, the ‘abominable crime of buggery’
is punished by a sentence of life imprisonment.
In 1951, the NSW Crimes Act is amended to ensure that ‘buggery’
is a criminal act ‘with or without the consent of the person’
– removing legal loophole of consent.
In early 1070 it remains a crime for men to engage in homosexual sex
in every state and territory in Australia.
In 1970 the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (CAMP) is formed.
CAMP organizes the first gay and lesbian demonstration in Australia
outside the headquarters of the Liberal Party in Sydney.
The political activist association, Gay Liberation, is launched at
Sydney University. Groups soon flourish on campuses around Australia.
The first National Homosexual conference is held at Melbourne University,
and attracts around 60 delegates.
Under Premier Don Dunstan’s Government, South Australia becomes
the first Australian state to decriminalize homosexuality.
Campaign, the longest running commercial gay magazine in Australia,
In ACT, homosexual law reform legistlation is passed.
The largest gay rights march in Australia history is held, commemorating
the 9th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Of the 2,000 odd demonstrators,
53 are arrested, 53 are arrested on charges of offensive behavior
and resisting arrest.
The first FM gay radio program ‘Gaywaves’ begins broadcasting
on Sydney’s 2SER.
The ALSO Foundation is established in Melbourne in response to the
Hamer Governmentos decriminalization of homosexuality.
The first Australia media reference to AIDS is made in the Gay and
Lesbian newspaper The Sydney Star Observer.
The Gay Rights Lobby is formed concentrating on the decriminalization
NSW becomes the first state in Australia to pass laws prohibiting
discrimination against homosexuals. Homosexuality is not decriminalized
in NSW, however, until 1984.
The Australian Medical Association agrees to remove homosexuality
from its list of illnesses and disorders.
Decriminalization of homosexuality is enacted in NSW. The Gay Rights
Three gay men are elected to Sydney City Council.
The Sydney Gay Mardi Gras becomes the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi
ACT passes Domestic Relationships Act. First jurisdiction to give
same-sex relationships the same legal standing as heterosexual defacto
UN Human Rights Commission rules that certain Tasmanian legislation
discriminates against homosexuals and so breaches the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Federal Government passes legislation, which establishes the right
to sexual privacy, effectively overriding Tasmanian’s anti-gay
The Pride Sydney Lesbian and Gay Community Center opens.
After 3 years of often-divisive community debate, Sydney’s first
lesbian cultural and community center, the Lesbian Space Project,