Gays needed their own place. Two of them, Roger-Claude Teyssedre and Dawn O’Donnell, opened Patches Disco on Oxford Street in 1976. They were both familiar with, in fact integral parts of, the alternative sexuality scene in Sydney, well-connected in the underworld and the entertainment industry, and on golden handshaking terms with police. The Oxford Street phenomonem had begun.
Patches thrived from its opening. DJs filled the disco with wall-shaking music you’d never heard before, and the glitterati followed the gays. On the flashing glass dance floor you could rub shoulders (or other body parts) with stars of music, film, theater, television, radio, fashion and art, beautiful twinks who’d run away from the suburbs, visiting celebrities and politicians with their minders. The sign above the restroom door read ‘Playroom’ and that’s what Patches was for many, a place to play.
Description by Mercedes Webb-Pullman
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