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Come Out! Come Out! is a program of events that celebrates SA's leading role in gay law reform. 40 years ago Don Dunstan's government led the nation by introducing reforms that decriminalised homosexual behaviour. This milestone is being celebrated with activities and events in South Australia organised by the Committee to Commemorate Gay Law Reform - Ian Purcell, Tim Reeves and Will Sergeant.
Some Come Out! Come Out! events have been initiated by other people or organisations, but all have the common theme of gay law reform. More events are being added to the program so be sure to check the Come Out! Come Out! page in the 15th Australia's Homosexual Histories Conference website.
Hear the Commemorative Speeches by Premier Jay Weatherill and Leader of the Opposition Steven Marshall at Parliament House.
September 11 Leading Australian jurist the Hon Michael Kirby AC, CMG will unveil a memorial to Dr George Duncan in the University of Adelaide Law School, where Dr Duncan once worked.
Tuesday October 13 (6.00 for 6.30pm) Exposť! Join a guided tour of the exhibition An Open & Shut Case? by glamorous gay icon Dr Gertrude Glossip. Please RSVP by 9 Oct: 8207 7626 or email@example.com. Free event.
Saturday October 17 (2pm - 4pm) Forty Years On: The State of LGBTIQ Rights? Take part in a community forum with Senator Penny Wong at the Wheatsheaf Hotel, George St, Thebarton. Organised by the Gay and Lesbian Health Alliance - a free event.
Tuesday October 27 (6.00 for 6.30pm) From Camp to Queer is a forum with seven activists from different eras, chaired by Ian Purcell and held in the Hetzel Lecture Theatre, Institute Building, State Library. Please RSVP by 24 Oct to firstname.lastname@example.org or 8207 7626. Free event.
Friday November 13 (6.00pm) Narratives, Images, Queers and Asylum Seekers: What do Australia's stories tell us? A public lecture by Professor Nan Seuffert at UniSA, City West Campus, Yungondi Building, North Terrace, Adelaide. A Remembering Dunstan Project. Free event.
Saturday November 14 (from 5.30pm)
Join the Marching Dunstans group on the Pride March in their safari suits or pink shorts, as originally worn by Premier Don Dunstan. Meet in Victoria Square, details on the Marching Dunstans 2015 Facebook page. Free event.
(Photo is of Don Dunstan's own safari suit, held in the Flinders University Dunstan Collection).
Don Dunstan's Safari Suit in the Dunstan Collection at Flinders University
Sunday November 15 (11am) To the Barricades! Take a Queer History Walk with Dr Gertrude Glossip. Meet in the forecourt of the SAHMRI building, North Terrace (opposite UniSA City West Campus). $18 or $15 concession. Bookings through Feast Festival or pay on the day.
Sunday November 29 (5pm) Stephen Fry in Adelaide for One Evening Only at the Festival Theatre. Presented by the Don Dunstan Foundation in association with the Adelaide Festival Centre. Bookings at BASS.