The Archives are saddened to hear of the death of Ken Lovett, a lifelong social justice and LGBTI activist, and close friend of the Archives. Ken is survived by his partner of almost 30 years Mannie de Saxe. Our love and condolences to Mannie.
Ken’s tireless activism began in the mid-1960s when he joined the Albany Trust in London. Returning to Australia in the early late 1960s Ken participated in the 1972 gay liberation demonstration in support of Peter Bonsall-Boone, who had been dismissed from the Anglican church of St Clements at Mosman after coming out on the ABC Chequerboard program. From this time on Ken actively participated in protests throughout Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne, which also featured his placards, banners, pinnies – all in his distinctive handwriting.