Community Action Against Homophobia
(CAAH) is a community activist
organisation based in Sydney
. Since its establishment in 1999, CAAH has aimed to eliminate homophobia
and achieve full equality for queer
people -- defined as "lesbian
, same sex attracted, transgender
identifying" in the CAAH constitution.
CAAH began in 1999 with a group of students already active within the Sydney queer student movement. At a time when student dissent against aggressive government policies was reaching a fruition across the country, the queer movement was no exception, and groups like the Cross Campus Sexuality Network (CCSN) were already active in New South Wales
. However it was felt that these groups were not properly engaging with the broader community and so an offshoot was created which combined a more radical political message with an intent to galvanise the broader community around issues of liberation and representation.
In 1999 Collective Action Against Homophobia was formed to protest against a Catholic
anti-gay organisation known as Courage
, which preached a message that homosexuality
was a disease that needed to be cured. Activists managed to have that meeting shut down and the organisation removed from university campus. The collective was then disbanded.
In 2000 a new group taking inspiration from the defunct Collective Action Against Homophobia formed Community Action Against Homophbia, taking the... Read More