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NSW Police Apologise To 78er Barbara Karpinski For Ejecting Her From SCG

By WENDY BACON The NSW Police have apologised to ‘78er Barbara Karpinski for ejecting her from the Sydney Cricket Ground stadium where she was watching the Mardi Gras parade on March 5. In response to questions from the Star Observer, an NSW Police spokesperson issued the following statement on Friday: “The NSW Police Force is […]

Mardi Gras CEO Calls For NSW Police Probe Into 78er’s Ejection From SCG

By WENDY BACON Sydney Mardi Gras chief executive Albert Kruger has called for a full NSW police investigation into the circumstances that led to the ejection of one of the original ‘78ers Barbara Karpinski from her seat in the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during the Mardi Gras parade on Saturday night. He has also initiated […]

Mardi Gras Fair Day embraced again following COVID cancellation

By DANIEL LO SURDO The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras season kicked off last weekend as Victoria Park welcomed 35,000 people to the Fair Day celebrations after the event was cancelled last year following COVID-19 concerns. The event ran on Sunday, with live performances, specialty bars and over 200 community stalls on offer to […]

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 […]

Parade or Protest: what matters more?

By RITA BRATOVICH Members of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will elect its board of directors this Saturday, November 30, in what has the potential to be a highly volatile Annual General Meeting. Vying for a place each on the board are four candidates from the group Pride In Protest. The group has been […]

No shame in renaming

By Michael Hitch While the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras may reign true to its reputation of bare chests and micro-plastic glitter – but can the same can be said for its reputation of inclusivity? The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SLGMG) could be seeing another name-change after organisation members met in April, […]

ANZ to shutter Oxford St branch

BY ALANA LEVENE In 2014, 10 glammed-up “GAYTMS” sprouted up across Sydney as part of the ANZ Bank’s campaign for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. ATMs adorned with dazzling rainbow rhinestones and sequin-studded patterns lit up social media and showcased ANZ’s commitment to the LGBTIQA community. Next month, the bank will shutter its branch […]

Mardi Gras pride not for all

By Michael Hitch Rainbow flags, Drag Queens and a false sense of achievement? The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will return in 2019 to celebrate its 41st anniversary, but activists say the event is ignoring the suffering of queer refugees and forgetting its roots in protest in favour of commercialism. The theme next year […]

Push forward for GLBTI archival space

With the City of Sydney’s resolution in March to forge ahead with its plans to transform the long-vacant T2 building in Taylor Square into a ‘cycling hub’, a new motion tabled by Labor councillor Linda Scott at this month’s council meeting calling for the establishment of an GLBTI archival space was defeated. To commemorate the […]

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014

Get out the glitter, fluff-up the feather boas and hoist the rainbow flag because Sydney Mardi Gras is back and turning the ripe old age of 36. As one of the world’s largest LGBTQI celebrations, Sydney’s 36th annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a kaleidoscopic month-long festival of theatre, art, culture and fun. Sydney […]