Stories of the GLBTQI+ Vanguard - Peter de Waal
Join us for an informative evening with Dutch born Peter de Waal AM. For nearly fifty years he and his now deceased life-partner of fifty-years, Peter “Bon” Bonsall-Boone AM, played active roles in bringing about attitudinal, social, legal and communal change for their marginalised GLBTQI+ communities.
Bon and Peter established, in 1973, the first Australian homosexual telephone counselling service, Phone-A-Friend – now the Twenty10/Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service – in their Balmain home. They were frontline, publicly out and proud, pioneer activists, appearing on the ground-breaking 1972 ABC national TV Chequerboard program. The program included the first gay male-with-male kiss on Australian TV. It further challenged 1970s conservative attitudes, social mores and existing family structures. This was, when among many other negative GLBTQI+ life aspects, homosexuals lived double and closeted lives, they were potential criminals in the eyes of the law, showing affection publicly was a criminal offence, homosexuality was officially a mental illness.
Their efforts and contributions, to improve their marginalised communities’ lives, were recognized in 2017 when they were awarded Membership of the Order of Australia. Peter’s presentation Stories of the GLBTQI+ Vanguard – 1970-2017 will take you through the fifty years of history making events.
During this event we will be raising money for Twenty10 a Sydney based service working across New South Wales, providing a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support. For adults they provide social support and for people of all ages they offer telephone support and webchat.
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Tuesday 11 February 2020
Walk in from 6:30pm
7:00 - 8:00pm
After the presentation there will be drink at the Marble Bar (at own expense)
Members: free, Non-members: $10 upon arrival
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