These unique annual Conferences bring together members of the GLBTIQ community, academics, researchers and students, generating pioneering, innovative exploration and discussion on the histories of GLBTIQ life, politics and culture in Australia.
The Conferences have been auspiced by the Melbourne-based Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives since their inception in 1998. They have been annual since 2000 and are hosted by a different city each year.
Office for the Ageing, SA Health
The 2015 Conference is being organised by a committee of dedicated volunteers:
Will Sergeant Chair/Convenor
Will is an ‘unreconstructed 1970s Gay Liberationist’. An activist for over 40 years, he marched in Adelaide’s first Pride March in 73 and Sydney’s famed 78 parade, precursor to Mardi Gras. He’s creator of Dr Gertrude Glossip PhD (Formal Drapery) Curtain University who has led the Queer History Walk at each Feast.
Logan has been a community volunteer, broadcaster, performer, artist and activist for almost thirty years. He has worked as a Health Promotion Officer with the AIDS Council of SA and Gay Men’s Health SA and was also a founding member of The Aqueerium, a weekly LGBTIQ radio show that broadcast for 10 years on Radio Adelaide.
Margie is a freelance writer, performer, producer and community cultural development worker. She is a founding member of the Feast Festival with which she has been working as either Artistic Director, Project Coordinator or Board Member for nineteen years.
David taught History at Flinders University for many years. He was a founding member of CAMP in South Australia in 1971 and since then has been involved in various gay community organisations.
Clare is a Visiting Research Fellow in History at the University of Adelaide, where she tutors in Australian History and Politics. Her PhD examined the pioneering decriminalisation of abortion and homosexual activity in South Australia in the 1960s and 1970s, and her current project explores the effect of conscience votes on progressive moral reform.
Mandy Paul is Senior Curator, Exhibitions, Collections and Research at History SA. She has worked as a curator and historian in museums in the UK and all over Australia, for Aboriginal organisations, and as a consultant.
Ian Purcell AM
Ian has been working in a voluntary capacity for the GLBTIQ communities of Adelaide for thirty years as a writer, activist, event coordinator, fundraiser, media spokesperson and member of many boards and committees. Ian was made a Member of the Order of Australia on Australia Day 2005.
Jenny is an Archivist / Librarian at the State Library of South Australia. She has been a Trans activist for twenty two years, working in a voluntary capacity for the GLBTIQ communities of South Australia including the Gay & Lesbian Counselling Service, South Australian Transsexual Support, Pride March Adelaide, Feast Queer Cultural Festival and the George Duncan Memorial Committee. Jenny stood as a Senate candidate for the Australian Democrats in 2004 and for the SA Parliament seat of Mitchell in 2006.
Nikki is an academic and activist and the author of A Critical Introduction to Queer Theory.