Academic journal article Queensland Review

Campaign against Moral Persecution (CAMP)

Academic journal article Queensland Review

Campaign against Moral Persecution (CAMP)

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My first contact with any organised gay and lesbian groups was with LINKS, the forerunner of the CAMP club. In 1968-69 we used to have social functions at private homes and once a year venture to the Queen's Birthday Ball. Lots of gay men were being targeted either by police provocateurs or by out and out 'poofta bashers' and very little effort appeared to be made to bring things before the courts. Feelings were also aroused by events interstate and overseas and people began to start organising to fight for legal recognition. Hence the Campaign Against Moral Persecution--CAMP--was born.

The Queensland chapter was unusual as it was conceived and run by members of both the gay and lesbian persuasions. Other states seemed to keep their men's and women's groups separate. We published a broadsheet (I printed it on an old Gestetner). This was quite difficult as we had to source stories from the publishers or private sources, as no gay or lesbian publications were allowed to be sold in Queensland. This was the height of the conservative era, with the church and government hand in glove.

We ran law awareness groups and handed out information about how to behave if harassed by the police in the home or any public place. …

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