During the 1982 games held in San Francisco, Bob Goldsmith emerged as the hero of the Australian team when he won 17 medals in swimming — four of which were gold.
While the rest of Australia excelled during the early response to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, one state government dragged its LGBTI citizens down during their greatest hour of need. David Alexander speaks to three key figures involved in the fight against homophobia and discrimination during the time of the Joh Bjelke-Petersen government.
For this month’s Throwback instalment, we take a trip down memory lane when the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was less corporate driven and more political — but still just as camp and fabulous as it is today.
As part of ‘fg’ — Star Observer’s festival guide for the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season — community members involved in six specific areas of our history shared their reflections on how far LGBTI rights have come, and the momentum needed to achieve full equality.
The latest monthly ‘Throwback’ instalment goes back to when the Southern Star, the former name of Star Observer in Melbourne, covered Pride March Victoria in 2009.
The Star Observer’s commitment to stories that affect Australia’s Indigenous community is nothing new. Here’s a throwback from 1998, when John Howard was Prime Minister and his 10 Point Plan was doing the rounds in the news.
With World AIDS Day just around the corner (December 1), we took at look at one of the many ways the Star Observer covered the event in the early 90s.
With Sydney recently commemorating 15 years since it hosted the 2000 Olympics, we take a look at how the LGBTI community celebrated the arrival of the Olympic Torch along the city’s famous “gay strip”.