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Pride Walk

In October 2016, City of Adelaide installed the Pride Walk, with rainbow colours, to acknowledge diversity and to celebrate the achievements and struggles faced by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) community in their journey toward acceptance.

In collaboration with historian Ian Purcell AM, the timeline text stencilled onto the path aims to give an insight into major legal and policy reform in South Australia. It acknowledges key community events, with the focus on South Australia which paved the way being the first state to decriminalise homosexuality in 1975. Each date corresponds with a key event in the lead up to and surrounding major law reform milestones and community achievements.

The Pride Walk is located in the north-western quadrant of Light Square adjacent to the Adelaide College of the Arts.

The timeline below depicts the journey and achievements of South Australia’s LGBTIQ community.

1971

In a time when male homosexuality is still considered illegal, Premier Don Dunstan announces a review of criminal law.

1972

Dr George Duncan is thrown into the River Torrens and drowns. Public outrage surrounding his murder triggers homosexual law reform.

MP Murray Hill introduces a bill to decriminalise homosexuality after Dr Duncan’s murder. The bill was unsuccessful.

1973

Adelaide holds first Pride March during Gay Pride Week.

1975

MP Peter Duncan introduces a bill that passes, making SA the first state to decriminalise homosexuality.

1979

Police files on homosexuals are burned in the Centennial Park crematorium.

1984

The Equal Opportunity Act makes discrimination against a person’s sexuality illegal.

1986

The AIDS Council of SA leads the community in promoting greater awareness of HIV and AIDS.

1989

First annual LGBTIQ Picnic in the Park is held.

1997

First annual Feast: Adelaide’s Queer Cultural Festival.

2003

Second Pride March is held 30 years after the1975 March and becomes an annual event.

2005

Community leader Ian Purcell is awarded the Order of Australia.

2006

The SA Domestic Partnerships Act gives equal rights to same-sex couples excluding access to IVF, parenting and adoption.

2007

SA Police establishes a Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer Network.

2013

The Spent Convictions Act allows pre-1975 homosexual offences to be expunged.

2014

The SA Government releases the LGBTIQ Inclusion Strategy.

2015

The SA Government commits to legal reform to end LGBTIQ discrimination.

2016

The SA Government passes the Statutes Amendment (Gender Identity and Equity) Bill.

The SA Government and City of Adelaide fund the Feast Festival Arts and Cultural Hub.

City of Adelaide installs Pride Walk in recognition of the LGBTIQ community’s contribution to cultural diversity.

Community leader Ian Purcell AM loses his battle with liver cancer and passes away 6th November, two weeks after the opening of the Pride Walk.

2017

The Australian Government passes the Marriage Amendment Bill making same-sex marriage legal.

                                                                        

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