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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.

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