A major campaign of gay groups and individuals is launched.
In response to the 1983 Mardi Gras, the Sydney City Council and the property arm of the Anglican Church agree on a draft management plan for Town Hall Square giving each a veto on the use of the Square.
Francesca (Chesca) Curtis's television appearance on The Bailey File, a Melbourne-based current affairs programme on commercial television TV's Channel 9, in May or June 1970, speaking about the aims of the Australian Lesbian Movement was arguably Australia's first "coming out" in the media.
The Gay Solidarity Group lodges a submission with the Broadcasting Tribunal for its hearings into the licence renewal for Radio 2GB arguing that the Fred Nile program contravenes broadcasting standards.
The Australian Theatrical and Amusement Employees Association and the Victorian Arts Centre Trust and the Adelaide Trust sign an agreement providing bereavement leave for employees living in an established gay relationship. 200-300 are detained for several hours, 30 people are taken to Darlinghurst Police Station and six people are charged.
In the Leichhardt area, there was no shortage of public halls for these groups.
Male homosexual acts are no longer criminal in NSW – the law was amended in 1984, and ‘gay’ men can live quite open lives, with a range of venues where they can socialize in ways similar to their heterosexual counterparts.
GAYTAS members Eddy Ashmore and Geoff Ostling who are creating a school kit on homosexuality, come under a sustained attack from the Festival of Light, the Sun Herald and John Laws. reveals that the newspaper is banned by Les Girls, The Barrel Inn, Patchs, Flo’s Palace and Kings Steam after it reported the Midnight Shift fire in 1980, police harassment and the Petersen amendment.
The National Times reports that GAYTAS, the Schools’ Commission and the NSW Education Department support the distribution of the human development kit despite opposition from the Federal Minister of Education, the Festival of Light and the Concerned Parents’ Association.The first study in Australia to look at the incidence of bisexual feelings by the School of Psychiatry at the University of NSW, reveals that 40% of ‘normal’ people are aware they have homosexual feelings.The pro-gay ALP candidate Fred Miller wins the State seat of Bligh.Robert Lovett is convicted for “behaving in such a manner as to be likely to cause reasonable persons in a public place to be seriously alarmed or seriously affronted” at Flo’s Palace in February 1980.Members of the Lesbian Teachers Group and GAYTAS take part in a deputation to the Director-General of Education Mr Swan to discuss welfare issues for gay teachers and students and issues surrounding the proposed kit on homosexuality.He announces an expert working party on AIDS that will be chaired by D. Pennington, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Melbourne.