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From Stonewall rebellion to assimilation and pinkwashing: How did we get here and what will it take to win LGBTIQA+ liberation?

June 29 @ 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEST

Stonewall Anniversary Event

From Stonewall rebellion to assimilation and pinkwashing:
How did we get here and what will take win LGBTIQA+ liberation?

Fifty-five years ago the patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York’s Greenwich Village fought back against a routine police raid. From drag queens to butch dykes, the working class, multiracial, multi-gendered crowd were fed up with the ongoing harassment. Amongst them was Latina trans activist, Sylvia Rivera, who reflected that she was “not missing a minute” of what felt like “the revolution!” These events sparked Gay Liberation with its vision of revolutionary change, overturning patriarchy, dismantling heterosexism and winning freedom and equality for all.

What would these bold pioneers make of the world today, where queer workers toil in insecure jobs while their bosses co-opt rainbow imagery in the quest for profits? Or of Israel’s pinkwashing, which frames the occupation as a fight for LGBTQ rights and presents Tel Aviv as a gay mecca while dehumanising Palestinians and disappearing those who are queer.

Join us for a discussion about how we can win genuine liberation, leaving no one behind.


Graham Willett is the author of Living Out Loud: A history of gay and lesbian activism in Australia. A stalwart of the Australian Queer Archives, he’s been a gay liberationist and socialist since 1979.

Kayleen White is a veteran human rights and social justice activist. She co-founded Transgender Victoria in the late 1990s. She is a recent escapee from the corporate world of wastewater treatment to retirement.

Aaron Scheibner is bisexual/pansexual. He is a filmmaker who works as a carer and in retail to make ends meet. He is a union delegate with the Australian Services Union and a member of the Retail and Fast Food Workers Union and Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance.

Natalie Feliks is a member of Ivy Network. She is a trans fem activist a journalist and writer.

Alison Thorne organised Stonewall rallies in Melbourne in the 1980s and ‘90s. She is a founding member of the Melbourne chapter of Radical Women, a trade unionist and is the managing editor of the Freedom Socialist Organiser.

Chair: Henrietta Ebbs is a member of Radical Women, a queer ecosocialist
and a union delegate with the Australian Services Union.

Saturday 29 June, 4 pm
Thorne Harbour Health, 200 Hoddle Street, Abbotsford
The venue is fully accessible and located a short distance from Victoria Park Station.

A hearty dinner and social catering for a range of tastes will take place after the event.
$25 solidarity price, $15 waged, $10 low income.

Event co-hosted by Radical Women and Freedom Socialist Party
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June 29
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm AEST
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Thorne Harbour Health
200 Hoddle St
Abbotsford, VIC 3067 Australia
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