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Fearless Voices

    June 2024

    Qtopia Fearless Voices Panel

    This month we proudly sponsored Fearless Voices – a keynote panel discussion with a group of people whose historic actions changed lives for the better.

    Part of Qtopia Sydney’s Pride Month calendar of events, three of the iconic Sydney 78ers marked the anniversary of the First Mardi Gras with an insightful and lively conversation looking back at recent, and not so recent, social history.

    The 78ers – those Fearless Voices – are a group of LGBTIQA+ activists who marched in the original Sydney Mardi Gras on 24 June 1978. They participated in subsequent protests against police violence and the arrests of participants. These brave individuals played a pivotal role in advocating for gay and lesbian rights, enduring trauma and adversity as they fought for equality.

    Panellists Robyn Kennedy, Robyn Plaister, Rebbell Barnes and moderator George Savoulis discussed a range of topics from what it was like to be out in the late 70s to how the actions of the 78ers created a ripple effect through the years that followed. The event was staged at Qtopia Sydney, which is housed in the same building – a former police station – where the 78ers were thrown into cells after their arrests.

    CeremonyCast recorded the event to capture these stories for posterity. Watch Fearless Voices below:

    CeremonyCast celebrates and embraces equality, inclusivity and diversity in all aspects of what we do. We gratefully acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands on which we live and work, and we pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.

    Qtopia Sydney is devoted to the memory, education and celebration of the unique histories and lived experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community.


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