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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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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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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To mark their 13 year relationship with Sydney Mardi Gras, ANZ commissioned research on inclusion across Australia.
Despite the fabulousness oozing through the city at the moment, about half a million (1 in 4) in the LGBTIQ+ community are said to still not be comfortable being their true selves and discussing their sexuality and gender identity with their loved ones or friends. In a sense, the measurable success post equality was of course the ‘permission’ or ‘validation’ to marry, but for too long, many charities, support programs, learning resources relied so heavily on mythical estimations to justify funding tenders. With the inclusion into the recent ABS census, we now have a definitive number and data on same-sex married couples. More and more, as it moves into the ‘you’re ok’ and ‘not so controversial’ pile, the scope of research widens and becomes more sophisticated to better quantify issues, information and needs that were impossible 13 years ago.
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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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The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival kicked off last Friday.
2019’s theme is FEARLESS, a poignant acknowledgment of the way LGBTQIA people across the globe courageously express who they are. Fearless honours the past and those LGBTQIA advocates, activists and individuals who have stood up for who they are and who they want to be. Fearless is also a call to action for the future, it calls on the LGBTQIA community to be strong, live brave, be proud and unite at Mardi Gras 2019 to celebrate fearlessly.
Mardi Gras Arts CEO, Terese Casu said “This year we bring together over 400 artists, creatives and thought leaders from across the world to join in a truly global discussion of diversity, social justice, human rights and equality. Being fearless is more than making a lot of noise, it’s also about acknowledging a person’s own vulnerability, and being able to express who they are, even if it’s not bold. We invite everyone to join Mardi Gras this season to celebrate diversity and creativity, and to champion the fearless voices within our community,” said Casu.
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Mardi Gras Fair Day, the biggest and best-loved free community event of the season, returns on Sunday 17 February with over 80,000 people expected to come together in Victoria Park in Camperdown for a day filled with live entertainment, over 200 stalls, and food and drink outlets. 2019 will see the all new Doggywood and Sports Village and the official Fair Day After Party extravaganza at the Seymour Centre.
“Fair Day is such a special event for the community,” said Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu. “It is a loud, proud and welcoming celebration of community spirit and connectedness and a wonderful opportunity for the LGBTQI Community, their friends, families and supporters to come together and enjoy a blissful day of fun, food and festivities.”
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