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Pride in Protest: What are they fighting for?

By SOOFIA TARIQ On March 6, a crowd of around 3,000 protesters gathered in Taylor Square, ahead of the official Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The protest was organised by activist group Pride in Protest, along with Community Action for Rainbow Rights, NSW Community Advocates for People in Prisons, DIY […]

Mardi Gras protest granted public health exemption

By ALLISON HORE A protest at Sydney’s Taylor Square planned for the afternoon of Mardi Gras has been granted an exemption to go ahead by NSW Health. Earlier this week, protest organisers said NSW police were attempting to block the protest citing coronavirus concerns and public health orders despite NSW seeing zero COVID-19 transmissions for […]

NSW Police attempt to block Mardi Gras pride protest

By ALLISON HORE Despite NSW seeing zero COVID-19 transmissions for over a month, NSW police have cited coronavirus concerns in an attempt to shut down a planned pride protest set to go ahead on the day of Mardi Gras. The protest, planned to go ahead at Taylor Square at 2pm on the 6th of March, […]

Barbara Ramjan’s extraordinary life of advocacy

By BRIANNAH DEVLIN Meet Barbara Ramjan. Change-maker. Advocate. She has lived in the inner west her whole life.  She’s a woman who has seen the world change in many ways and evolve into a different world than the one she was born in. Ramjan was nominated as part of Inner West Council’s International Women’s Day […]

The Main Drag Is Back

By Lydia Jupp COVID may have taken our usual Mardi Gras celebrations from us, but it certainly won’t be taking Oxford Street. Oxtravaganza is back for a fifth year, and it’s bigger and better than ever. The event usually only runs for one day during the lead up to Mardi Gras, but this year the […]

Applications open for LGBTIQ+ grants program

By ALLISON HORE ANZ and Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras have opened applications for their national LGBTIQ+ community grants program.  The program aims to increase support and inclusivity for the LGBTIQ+ community across the country by providing grants of up to $10,000 for not-for-profit community organisations, charities and individuals. “We hope the 2020 grants […]

Protest arrests at Mardi Gras

Two members of the radical LGBTIQ group Pride In Protest were arrested at last weekend's Mardi Gras parade. The arrests highlighted an odd division in Sydney’s gay community. Pride in Protest don’t like the commercialization of the annual massive parade and want to put control of it back into the hands of activists; they also […]

Mardi Gras at Paddy’s Markets Haymarket

As the glitter and flamboyancy of the annual Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras sweeps over our city many retailers are joining in with the celebrations. Paddy's Markets Haymarket are the latest to join in. By making a purchase at any of the participating retailers shoppers will receive a voucher which will entitle them to […]

Mardi Gras 2020

By Madison Behringer. Each year the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival gets a little bit bigger, a little bit louder and attracts thousands more people each year to the city’s celebration of the LGBTQI+ community. The 2020 Mardi Gras in Sydney will undoubtedly be the largest festival yet, with the organisation stating: “From […]

Spice Night

Presented as part of Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, Riverside Theatres in Parramatta will host Spice Night, an evening of stand-up comedy direct from four of Asia’s only out and proud comedians. Spice Night producer Toby Sullivan speaks of the political and social importance of a unique show like this one, saying, “It […]