Number 96 star guest of honour

At the World Premiere of Outrageous last night Joe Hasham was applauded for his work as TV's first gay character.

Veteran actor Joe Hasham was guest of honour last night at the World Premiere of Outrageous: The Queer History of Australian TV at the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

A packed crowd attended the double feature of Outrageous with an episode of sexy 70s soap, Number 96, and a Q+A with Hasham (pictured second from right), producer Andrew Mercado and writer Sarah Walker.

Hasham was lauded by the crowd for his achievements as heroic gay lawyer Don Finalyson.

In 1972, Number 96 became the first TV show in the world to feature a full range of LGBT characters, despite homosexuality still being illegal in homes. Including Don Finalyson (Joe Hasham), bisexual Dudley Butterfield (Chard Hayward) and transgender showgirl Robin Ross (trans actress Carlotta).
The doco also featured Shane “Courtney Act” Jenek, Benjamin Law, Sarah Walker, the legendary Carlotta, Michael Kirby and  Keiynan Lonsdale.
Andrew Mercado told the audience he hopes the project will expand into a TV documentary series.

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