From the 1970s onwards, LGBTIQA+ people in Australia have been increasingly visible in driving forward social change. Queer South Australians have been at the forefront of much of this transformation. From the decriminalisation of homosexuality through to public visibility, HIV/AIDS activism, marriage equality and a greater awareness of transgender rights, change is considerable. This talk draws on a range of original oral history interviews to consider what it has been like for different generations to have lived through a social revolution without comparison. How did queer activists set about to change Australian society? What was different about South Australia? And how can oral history interviews with different generations provide unique emotional connections, move us forward and inspire us?