Between the late 1975 and 1999, a wave of violence swept through coastal Sydney and broader NSW, which claimed the lives of many gay men and transgender people. Today, we know many of these people were targeted, assaulted, and murdered by homophobic gangs.
We also understand prejudice against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community influenced police investigation methods, which led to some of the deaths being misidentified as results of ‘suicide’, ‘misadventure’ or ‘accident’. Please see our About Us for more information on these incidents, along with the SBS Deep Water program which highlights this dark chapter in Sydney’s history.
Justice must be served, and a range of individuals and organisations are currently seeking redress in various ways, including this project.
The suffering of the victim’s family and friends, as well as the suffering of the whole LGBTI community needs to be honoured and remembered to ensure that hate crimes such as this do not reoccur.
Help us build a memorial
ACON is working in partnership with Waverley Council to construct a monument, which aims to honour the lives of survivors and those lost and provide an opportunity for individual and collective healing.
The monument will also serve as a reminder of the importance of diversity and reflects our efforts to create a safe and inclusive community into the future.
ACON has also produced a guided Historical Walking Tour; please see the Get Involved page for more information and to join us on the tour.
In order for ACON and Waverly Council to construct the monument, we need to raise more than $50,000.
Please donate now to help us bring honour to the victims of gay and transgender hate crimes, and build a beacon of hope for all victims of prejudice related violence. All donations over AUD$2 are fully tax deductible.