Essays On Air

Essays On Air: On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978

Marchers at the 1978 Mardi Gras parade. Sally Colechin/The Pride History Group, Author provided

Essays On Air: On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978

On the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978. The Conversation, CC BY31.7 MB (download)

On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. I was one of them.

On today’s episode of Essays On Air, the audio version of The Conversation’s Friday essay series, Conversation editor Lucinda Beaman is reading my essay on the Sydney Mardi Gras march of 1978.

On the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, it’s worth revisiting the events of that night and reflecting on the remarkable lesson that, for oppressed minorities, there comes a time when enough is enough.

Much has been achieved, but it would be a major mistake to relax and assume that history is progressively improving.

Join us as we read to you here at Essays On Air, a podcast from The Conversation.

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Today’s episode was edited by Sybilla Gross.

Additional audio

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David Szesztay, Looking Back, from Free Music Archive