The cafÃ© frequented by Hobart’s GLBT community was vandalised with anti-gay graffiti in late August, but the people who planned groundbreaking reforms at its tables reclaimed the space as gay-friendly with a party recently.
-œOver a period of two decades I have attended numberless meeting at KAOS to help plan campaigns to decriminalise and recognise same-sex relationships, and not a few parties to celebrate those reforms when they occurred, Tasmanian gay activist Rodney Croome wrote in his blog.
-œKAOS is our place. This is why it was attacked. And this is why it will be reclaimed.
The vandalism included anti-gay and anti-lesbian graffiti, he said, as well as the destruction of art by local
GLBT artists, and the impact was felt across the entire GLBT community.
The party held was also a reunion for many of the activists and planners behind the push to decriminalise homosexuality in Tasmania that reached all the way to the United Nations.