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THE 78ers


The 78ers are a group of LGBT activists who marched in the original Sydney Mardi Gras on 24 June 1978 and participated in the subsequent protests against police violence and the arrests of participants in the Mardi Gras

The first Sydney Mardi Gras was an evening street protest in support of gay and lesbian rights along Oxford Street in Sydney on 24 June 1978. The protestors were assaulted and thrown in gaol, with many affected by the trauma for years afterwards. The 78ers were amongst those who participated in the Mardi Gras and the protest at Darlinghurst and Central Police Stations on 25 June 1978


Denise McGrath, our founder was one of the 78ers and she brought her spirit to Leeton, in hopes to bring Mardi Gras to Leeton, to celebrate sexuality and providing a platform for LGBTQIA+ members and allies.

Leeton Rainbow Pride Collective Inc was founded on 2nd May 2019 with the purpose of promoting reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance between members of LGBTQIA+ and community that are in Australia especially in Leeton New South Wales.

Although our numbers are very small in the beginning, we gain more members eversince and gaining more tractions as time goes by,

We are looking to provide a safe space for queer members and allies in Leeton to connect, converse and have fun by providing information, social groups and activities in Leeton.


In the long run, we are hoping to bring Mardi Gras to Leeton and fill the streets with rainbows and love

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