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Panel discussion

Pride and Prejudice: Exploring the history of LGBTQIA+ politics in Australia

Friday 1 June 2018 | 6–7.30pm 
$15 adult | $10 concession | $7.50 Friends
Visions Theatre

In 2018 we mark the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It has been a long struggle towards equality and inclusion but having achieved marriage equality, have we reached the end of the rainbow? Or is the fight for LGBTQIA+ rights just getting started?

Join ABC RN Big Ideas presenter Cathy Van Extel and a distinguished and diverse panel to discuss the history of the gay and lesbian liberation movement in Australia.

They'll look at the often untold contributions of people across the community – and queer politics today.

  • Michael Kirby
    Michael Kirby
  • Jordan Raskopoulos
    Jordan Raskopoulos
  • Shirleene Robinson
    Shirleene Robinson
  • Cathy Van Extel
    Cathy Van Extel

Robyn Laverack is a Mardi Gras pioneer who marched in 1978, volunteered with Sydney Gay Mardi Gras and was a board director from 1988 to 1992. Robyn was part of a group that campaigned to change the name to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and for equal representation of men and women on the board. She worked on the Sydney 2002 Gay Games and is a founding director and trustee of the Aurora Group, a charity raising funds for gay, lesbian and transgender community organisations.

More on the first Sydney gay Mardi Gras in 1978

This panel is part of Defining Moments in Australian History, which aims to stimulate discussion about events that have profound significance to Australian people.

Developed in collaboration with ABC Radio National

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