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William Sergeant OAM

Will Sergeant OAM considers his visibility as an out and proud gay man for over 50 years to be his greatest achievement. 

“Since the heady days of 1970s gay liberation, I’ve believed in the importance of visibility and affirmation. I have striven to live the mantras ‘Come Out. The Personal is Political’, both as myself and as my alter-ego Dr Gertrude Glossip."  

William Sergeant OAM smiling wearing pink cap

"For over a quarter of a century our history walks have informed a broad audience about Adelaide’s queer history. It has been satisfying to publish these walks as a book.”   

“Being a member of a minority group brings with it the responsibility of engagement and activism. I delight in educating an audience in an entertaining way.”  

William Sergeant OAM with rainbow flat

Mr Sergeant is so pleased that his work as a queer activist and historian is considered important and warrants the award of a Medal of the Order of Australia.  

He thanks Tim Reeves, the late John Lee and the late Ian Purcell AM – fellow activists and historians; Sisters Anni, Susie and the late Jan, and long-time friend John Pumpa – all long-time supporters.