2019 ALGA History Conference - Before Mardi Gras: Gay+ in the 1970s

This year’s conference takes place shortly after the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Homosexual Law Reform Society of the ACT, the first organisation to campaign for homosexual rights in Australia. 2019-2020 also sees the anniversaries of the Daughters of Bilitis/Australasian Lesbian Movement (Melbourne, January 1970) and the Campaign Against Moral Persecution (Sydney, mid-1970).

The HomoHistories conference has been held annually since 1998 and brings together a diverse range of academics, professional and independent scholars, students, activists and community organisers.

The 2019 conference is supported by the ACT Government Office for LGBTIQ+ Affairs and the ANU School of History. A provisional program for the conference has been attached.

Registration is $100 for waged/non-members, and $60 for concession holders/ALGA members. Register at: https://protect-au.mimecast.com/s/iTHhC3Q8MvCQKo0MHg97Xy?domain=registernow.com.au


Additional Events

There are a number of LGBTI+ events adjacent to the conference that participants may also like to attend:

  • Graham Willett’s latest book, ACTing Out, on Canberra’s queer history, is being launched at 6pm on Thursday 14 November at Harry Hartog Booksellers, 153-11 University Avenue, ANU, Acton, ACT 2601
  • The Humanities Research Centre at ANU is presenting a conference, Queer Displacements: Sexuality, Migration & Exile at ANU on Thursday 14 to Friday 15 November
  • Springout festival presents the annual free YES! Fest street party, on Lonsdale St, Braddon, on the afternoon and evening of Saturday 16 November.

Date & time

Fri 15 Nov 2019, 8.40am – Sat 16 Nov 2019, 8.40am


Hedley Bull Theatre 1


School of History


School of History


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