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A Lavender Menace? Australia’s Early Lesbian Movement

A Lavender Menace? Australia’s Early Lesbian Movement

Saturday 15th February 2020

2:00 pm

Beneledi House

194 Glebe Point Road



L to R: Mim Loftus, Pam Stein, Suzanne Hollis. Photo: Phillip Potter

Given the dominant patriarchal approach to history, it’s unsurprising that the role women played in the early lesbian and gay movement is often given minor consideration to that of men.

Yet lesbians played a pivotal role, despite being faced with misogyny and sexism, even from some homosexual men. The place of lesbians within the Women’s Liberation Movement was also initially contested by some of their sisters. Against these odds, gains in the areas of the status of women, lesbian mothers and opposition to the harmful practices of psychiatry were many.

To explore these issues and mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Australasian Lesbian Movement, the Pride History Group and First Mardi Gras Inc. a community organisation for 78ers, are holding a joint forum – A Lavender Menace? Australia’s Early Lesbian Movement.

Speakers will include lesbians who were pioneer members of CAMP and other early lesbian and gay groups.

2 - 4pm Saturday 15 February
Beneledi House, 194 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
(next to the library on the corner of Wigram Road)
RSVP: info@78ers.org.au

This event is the first in a series planned to celebrate 50 Fabulous Years of Liberation.