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‘I believe in this city’: Sydney businesses keep up hope during COVID recovery

By PATRICK MCKENZIE As Sydney cautiously leaves behind more than two years of intermittent COVID-induced lockdowns and restrictions, the hospitality industry has continued to suffer. The closure of local performance venues and independent hospitality businesses has become a common sight in the beleaguered city, with several iconic venues shutting their doors in the last few […]

Kill the Bill: Protesters take on Mark Latham’s transphobic bill

By ALLISON HORE Protesters took over Taylor Square on Saturday to make a strong statement against a “transphobic” education bill tabled in NSW Parliament by One Nation’s Mark Latham. The protest, organised by Community Action for Rainbow Rights, took on the Education Legislation Amendment (Parental Rights) Bill 2020, which activists say is less about giving […]

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 […]

Pride protesters take over Oxford Street ahead of Mardi Gras

By ALLISON HORE Protesters took over Oxford Street on Saturday, ahead of the Mardi Gras parade, in an effort to put the politics back in pride. Despite police threats to shut down the protest earlier in the week, at around 2pm hundreds of protesters carrying pride flags of all sorts descended onto Taylor Square, the […]

T2 Not a Great City of Sydney Legacy

BY JOHN MOYLE Yes, Dorothy, you can take the rainbow way to Kansas this Mardi Gras, but if you are going via Oxford Street it might be a bumpy ride. Six years after its predecessor in the heart of Taylor Square was rubbed out for safety reasons, last Friday the City of Sydney launched a […]

Yes we can!

BY ISABELLE BASTIAN Love was in the air last Sunday as events across Sydney celebrated the LGBTQ+ community and pushed for the YES vote. Sunday morning brought over 6,500 people to Bondi Beach to participate in The Rainbow Walk along the coast to Bronte Beach. The walk’s goal was to “celebrate diversity and equality the […]


With Coffin Ed. For many people, myself included, Taylor Square lost its cosmopolitan charm when Gilligan’s Island was denuded of its palm trees, assorted scrub and family of resident rats. Replaced with a lifeless grassy knoll it was no longer the perfect spot for the midday wine tasting with goon bags and bottles of Royal […]

Rainbow flag to fly forever

By James Elton-Pym A huge 6.2 by 3.4 metre rainbow flag in Taylor Square, Darlinghurst has been declared permanent following a unanimous City of Sydney decision this week. The flag was originally approved in March last year, but only as a temporary fixture to honour the past and present contributions of LGBTIQ people in the […]

City of Sydney flies rainbow flag

By Chris Sutton The City of Sydney Council has installed a permanent rainbow flag above Taylor Square to recognise Sydney's gay and lesbian community. The removal of a rainbow street crossing in Oxford Street last year caused anger and sparked claims for recognition as locals reacted with rallies of support. Then Labor councillor Verity Firth […]

News in brief

By Chris Sutton Rally against the chainsaws A rally was held on Tuesday October 14 to put pressure on the Baird Government to reform urban land clearing laws. Sydney’s local residents marched outside Parliament House to stop landmark trees being cut down under current legislation. “There had been many reports of people using the new […]