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1978 – Hour By Hour

1978 – Hour by Hour is an exhibition chronicling the pivotal year of 1978 in Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ history, inviting visitors to appreciate the courage of early activists and reflect on its lasting impact.

Centred around the formation of the Gay Solidarity Group and the inaugural Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the exhibition recounts the events of 1978 – hour by hour – capturing an essential moment in the history of Queer activism and the subsequent riot and arrests during the march and in the months after. 

Inside a police cell, the exhibition utilises a compelling mix of pictures, objects and archival footage to illustrate how these early activism efforts played a crucial role in shaping LGBTQIA+ rights and Sydney’s cultural landscape.

It serves as a poignant tribute to the courage of those who fought for equality during that transformative year, inviting visitors to reflect on the sacrifices made and to appreciate the impact on the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Beyond nostalgia, ‘1978 – Hour by Hour’ extends this invitation for visitors to learn, respect and contribute to a more inclusive and equitable future. 

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