Category Archives: Sydney Mardi Gras

Champion of rural LGBT rights: The vision that won him the crown!

In some settings standing up for what you believe in can be much harder.  Particularly when discretion or anonymity is impossible in smaller rural towns.  Resources and social support are not as accessible and it’s a huge deal when you put yourself out there.

It’s the speech that won him Brisbane Pride’s Queen’s Ball and he’s in the run in again!

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It was the speech from a remote far north Queensland town that stole the hearts of many in the LGBTIQ+ community. Where resources are much more scarce and social support setup in impossible conditions with minimal discretion, Josh Goyne defends his title as raining winner of Brisbane Pride’s Queen's Ball. We take a look back at some of his biggest moments that cemented his influence as a leader in parts of the #lgbt community that still suffer in silence reminding us how very lucky we are even post-equality. The decades of work that achieved #equality was just the starting point for unrecognised problems and issues like the ones @thegaycowboyaus aims to address as a competitive rodeo athlete, charity founder assisting sufferers of stroke and a string of community projects making his mark in his sometimes isolating hometown. A demonstrate of strength and resilience – who will you vote for? #rodeo #cowboy #bullrider #brisbanepride #brisbane #brisbanegay #gaysydney #canberra #gaycanberra #cowboysnation #gaymelbourne #rodeolife #cowboystyle #pride #ukpride #gayadelaide #gayperth #gaybrisbane #ruok #acon #sydneymardigras #perth #darwin #loveparade #twenty10 #bendigo #joondalup #loebethal

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Statewide Events Hub: Victorian Pride Centre

Victorian Pride Centre’s website, a vibrant and virtual LGBTIQ community hub at has been relaunched. “With 50 events and more than 120 groups, services and programs are already listed.” says Chair Victorian Pride Centre, Jude Munro AO.  “We could not have made this vibrant and virtual community hub possible without the time, insights and feedback from our community. It has helped shape a more accessible and meaningful online experience.”

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Sydney Mardi Gras to host World Pride?

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is the world’s most spectacular celebration of LGBTQI pride and diversity. Each year, tens of thousands of international and interstate visitors come to Sydney to experience a three-week festival of over 100 events, culminating in the iconic Mardi Gras Parade and Party.

On the eve of the 41st annual Parade, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are excited to announce that their bid to secure the hosting rights for WorldPride 2023 has received a $192,000 funding boost from the NSW Government.

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24 Floats share how they’re being ‘FEARLESS’ at this year’s parade!

200 associations, groups and organisations feature in this year’s Sydney Mardi Gras parade.   $66,000 in grants to 24 individuals, community groups and not-for-profit organisations will assist in taking their parade entries to new heights of artistic creativity thanks to Google’s community grants.   Recipients were officially announced today.

“From a stunning Rainbow Thylacine by the only community-run LGBTQIA organization in Launceston, to The Institute of Many’s passionate celebration of fearless love, the recipients of these grants each have a powerful message that we’re looking forward to seeing on Parade night,” said Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO, Terese Casu. “With the support of Google, and through our own philanthropic fundraising, we’ve been able to provide hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to LGBTQI non-profit and community organisations in this program over the past three years”.

Google’s Tea Uglow said, “Mardi Gras is only as awesome as the people it represents. We are delighted that for a third year Google can help grass-roots LGBTQIA communities amplify the epic (and sparkle) of their Mardi Gras floats.   Google proudly affirms and supports LGBTQIA people and their allies and we’re excited to continue our partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.”

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World-first research wins Erik Denison the inclusion award at 2019 VicSport Awards

Monash University researcher Erik Denison has received the Vicsport 2019 Peter Norman inclusion award for his work on a world-first study testing the effect of a program designed to end homophobic language in sport.    The program was delivered during the 2018 season to teenage rugby teams by current and recently retired players from the Melbourne Rebels.

The research by Mr Denison, from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, also examined why homophobic and sexist language remains so common in male team sports and how this language drives girls from sport.

The research was supported financially by the Federal Government, Rugby Australia, Rugby Victoria,  the Woollahra Colleagues Rugby Club and by Australia’s first gay and inclusive rugby team, the Sydney Convicts.
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The importance of Ian Thompson’s latest documentary and what it highlights

Becoming Colleen by filmmaker Ian Thomson (pictured left with  ACON CEO, Nicolas Parkhill) follows the experience of 82-year-old woman Colleen Young as she affirms her gender dealing with the reality and challenges of transitioning into a Christian-run nursing home in a conservative coastal community.

Premiering during Queer Screen Film Festival, not only does Becoming Colleen put the spotlight on the often stigmatised trans and gender diverse community, but it brings to light a generation of the LGBT community that social science researchers have referred to as the ‘Silent Generation’.

This is a segment of our community that were born around the Great Depression, grew up in a time where there was no vocabulary let alone acronyms for their sexual identities, and lived through a lifetime of social discourse where being themselves was a criminal offense and psychiatric disorder.  The openness and freedoms many of us in the metropolitan areas have today was at the cost of safety, security and survival once upon a time.   Living through one of the most hostile environments in LGBT history, it’s important to understand that undertone to fully appreciate the gravity of this film and what it stands for.

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