Peter De Waal AM (he/him)

Peter de Waal was born in 1938 and was the foundation member of CAMP Inc (Campaign Against Moral Persecution) in 1970. As lifelong activists for the LGBTQIA+ community in Sydney, Peter and his partner Peter Bonsall-Boone established a counselling service from their Balmain home called “Phone-A-Friend” – which became a precursor of the new Twenty10/Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, and national QLife. He is one of the group known as the “78ers” who participated in the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade in 1978. In June 2017, Peter was inducted as a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours, “for significant service to the community as a LGBTIQ advocate and supporter, and through a range of volunteer roles.”

Peter De Waal holding a sign that sayd "CAMP Goes Gold 1970-2020"

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.