Who we are
From the early days of Mardi Gras, through the AIDS crisis, to the battle for marriage equality, Star Observer has been there providing in-depth and independent journalism about the issues facing the LGBTI community.
Our story started in 1979. It was a time when homosexual sex was a criminal act, with people being jailed simply for being gay. Sydney’s gay and lesbian community was reeling from vicious police attacks during the city’s first Mardi Gras protest march. A wave of political momentum was building demanding equality and justice for LGBTI Australians.
In this dangerous time for our community, the very first edition of The Star was printed and distributed across Sydney by our founder Michael Glynn.