Welcome to a very special installment of Queer Thinking – Sydney Mardi Gras are celebrating our 45th anniversary in 2023 and over this four-part series we’re taking you on a journey through time as we tell the full story of one of the largest pride movements in the world. From the protest of 1978, to over 1 million event attendees at the first WorldPride in the Southern Hemisphere and everything in between – we’re unpacking all the moments that made Sydney Mardi Gras the force for pride, progress and community it is today.  

First stop: the 70s. Triana is joined by 78er legends Robyn Kennedy and Karl Zlotkowski who share their experiences of being LGBTQIA+ in 1970s Australia. They recall a Sydney on the brink of transformation in the lead-up to the very first Sydney Mardi Gras on 24 June 1978. The events that followed set off a chain of change that still continues today.

Queer Thinking is produced on the sacred lands of the Boon Wurrung people of Kulin Nation and will discuss events that took place on Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal lands. We’d like to extend our acknowledgement to all lands on which you, our listeners, are tuning in from and pay our respects to Elders past and present, with a special acknowledgment to the Rainbow Elders – part of the longest-continuous culture in the world. Sovereignty has never been ceded. This Always was, always will be Aboriginal land.

For our Aboriginal or Torres Strait listeners, please know this podcast may mention the names of the people who are no longer with us.