HAPPY PRIDE MONTH TO ONE AND ALL! 🏳️🌈 Throwback to performing in @sydneymardigras
2015, an iconic Australian #prideparade
that started in June 1978 when a small group of protestors formed to coincide with the anniversary of the #stonewallriots
in New York. Despite issuing a permit for the march, NSW Police ushered revellers down the street, confiscated their truck and sound system then swooped in, blocked the dispersing crowd and threw people into paddy-wagons. The crowd fought back and 53 were charged at Darlinghurst police station.
“You could hear them in Darlinghurst police station being beaten up and crying out from pain. The night had gone from nerve-wracking to exhilarating to traumatic all in the space of a few hours. The police attack made us more determined to run Mardi Gras the next year,” said Ken Davis.
Although most charges were eventually dropped, The Sydney Morning Herald published the names, occupations and addresses of those arrested in full, outing many and causing some to lose their jobs in an attempt to keep the community "in line". This was the start of Mardi Gras and would become a defining moment not only in Australia's LGBTQI rights history, but in the cultural heritage of Australia. Up to 3,000 people marched in an incident-free parade in 1979, a number that has grown year upon year.
As someone who believes strongly in both human rights and unconditional love, I look forward to celebrating many more to come 🌈
- words adapted from @sydneymardigras