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    Our 1998 Mardi Gras float celebrated 20 years of queer activism with pride.   

    Pride in ourselves as lesbian, gay, trany, bi   

    Pride in communities which support and recognise the critical nature of reconciliation.

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    Our support came  from indigenous and non indigenous people  interested in inclusion, activism and piracy. 
What was in our float?
    And we danced to it ...  !
Interviews with eight Queers for Reconciliation participants
Mardi Gras '98  
Festival events 

Blak Babe and Kweer Kat 
Local artists Brook Andrew and Rea draw upon their own histories to make an exhibition which takes as its starting point identities in conflict. 
February 12 - March 7 
Gitte Weise Gallery 
Level 2, 94 Oxford St, Darlinghurst 
Tues-Sat 11am-6pm 
CitySearch coverage of Blak Babe and Kweer Kat 
Sydney Sidewalk coverage of Black Babe and Kweer Kat 

Festival launch 
Wendy Brady 
featured welcome by Wendy Brady, Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Board member and a member of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal nation, and didgeridoo played by Greg Fleck. The Netcast has been taken down but we hope to include footage of Wendy from the Launch soon.  

Mardi Gras Netcast 
featured coverage of Queers for reconciliation's float and some great commentary including the story of the Goanna. The Netcast has been taken down but we hope to include footage featuring our float soon. 

Pool Party 
Produced by Raymond Blanco, Artistic Director, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Dance Theatre. Victoria Park was once a Koori corroboree site - we're reclaiming it as a space for all of our tribes. 
February 14 
Victoria Park Pool 
Victoria Park, Parramatta Rd, Darlington 

Black Roots 
Sydney's leading indigenous art gallery gathers four indigenous gay and lesbian artists, ranging across a variety of styles, for this group show. 
February 3-28 
Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative 
27 Abercrombie St, Chippendale 
Tues-Fri 9am-5pm 
Sat 12pm-4pm 
CitySearch coverage of Black Roots 
Sydney Sidewalk coverage of Black Roots 

 Part of the walking section of our float
Parade photos!
0n February 2 1996, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival kicked off at a ceremony on the steps of the 0pera House. There were lights, there was music, but the highlight for many was the moving speech by Aboriginal gay man, Noel Tovey. 
Photo of Malcolm Cole by Liz Dobbie 
The Sydney Morning Herald covers the first organised Aboriginal float in the Bicentennial year of 1988.