Forty years to the day of the Stonewall Riots, Sydney’s Pride History group will announce plans to commemorate Australia’s own 40th anniversary of gay and lesbian rights in 2010.

A schedule of year-long events to commemorate the beginning of our own gay and lesbian rights movement, will be announced at a special forum planned for 28 June. The forum will feature speakers from the original CAMP Movement -” Lex Watson, Sue Wills and Ken Davis -” who will talk on the influence of Stonewall in Australia and the emergence of our own movement.

It’s important for us as LGBTI people, that we understand how far we’ve come in this period, and what it was like 40 years ago for members of our community, Pride History Group president Dianne Minnis said.

We’ve got some major events that we’ve started planning for 2010. The Pride History group has started talking with New Mardi Gras about the 40th anniversarty celebrations perhaps being a focus of the 2011 parade -” though that’s just an early discussion at this point.

In 2010 we’ll also ramp up our oral history project, particularly aiming at participants in the early gay and lesbian movement. And in the September-October period we’ll have a conference to coincide with History Week.

The Pride History Group’s forum on the Australian gay liberation movement will be held on Saturday 28 June at 2pm, at Benledi House, 186 Glebe Pt Rd, Glebe.

info: For more information on the Pride History Group visit pridehistorygroup.org.au.

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