The New South Wales Police Force has used the 40th anniversary of the first Sydney Mardi Gras to publicly apologise for its past persecution of the LGBTI community.
Speaking on the weekend at a reenactment of the protest that became known as Mardi Gras, Assistant Commissioner Tony Crandell made an apology for police brutality and arrests, on behalf of Commissioner Mick Fuller.
NOW perhaps we will find out about all the gay men who were either murdered or suicided in the 1980s in Sydney.
Deaths of nearly 100 gay men in Sydney identified as hate crimes decades later
Justice for Scott Johnson)
The deaths of almost 100 gay men between 1970 and 1990 have been directly linked to hate crime by one of Sydney’s largest LGBT health charities.
Police had previously discovered 88 cases where gay men had died under suspicious circumstances between 1970 and 1990.
However, a new report from ACON, an LGBT health and advocacy charity in New South Wales has concluded that many of these deaths can be linked to both homophobia and inadequate investigations by police at the time.