Office for the Ageing, SA Health
Welcome to the 2015 Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference.
The Conference will be held at UniSA City West Campus in Adelaide Friday 13 November and Saturday 14 November.
In 2015 South Australia celebrates the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of gay male homosexual activity, the first Australian state to do so. This legislation was groundbreaking on a global scale because it made heterosexual and homosexual activity equal before the law. Read about some of the events being organised to celebrate this anniversary at Weekend Notes.
Adelaide is honoured to be hosting this year's Conference and looks forward to welcoming presenters and attendees from Adelaide, across Australia and internationally. We are planning a stunning program which will appeal to anyone with an interest in LGBTIQ history.
The 2015 Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference asks participants to consider if LGBTIQ Australians have shifted 'From Outlaws to In-Laws' in the last 40 years. To echo this theme, the Conference will be opened and closed by guest speakers whose political activism has been instrumental in historical and recent advances in LGBTIQ rights in South Australia and Australia.
The Conference will be opened on Friday morning by Senator the Hon. Penny Wong, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Senator for South Australia and Peter Duncan, Attorney-General in the South Australian Dunstan Governments from 1975-79. In 1975, he introduced legislation to decriminalise gay male sexual activity and oversaw the passage of the reform through Parliament - the first of its kind in Australia.
The Conference coincides with the opening weekend of Feast, Adelaide’s Queer Cultural Festival and will conclude with the Adelaide Pride March and Feast’s Opening Night Party.
The Call For Papers has now closed.
You can Register to attend now, with early bird pricing available until 15 October.
On the Saturday morning of the Conference there is a Christmas Pageant which takes over part of the Adelaide CBD. The Pageant attracts thousands of spectators.
While the route is not close to the Conference Venue, the city will be full of people going to the Pageant and public transport will be affected.
If you are not familiar with the Pageant, you go to this link where you will find the Pageant Route.
We suggest you give yourself an additional 30 minutes to get to the Conference on Saturday.