GLBTI communities

GLBTI communities

'Let's Get Married Australia!'

The City of Sydney’s entry in the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras vowed to ‘Let’s Get Married Australia!’ Up to 100 City staff, family and friends were part of the City’s biggest and best parade entry on 5 March after more than a decade of involvement.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said no other city in the world celebrates its LGBTIQ population with the enthusiasm of Sydney.

The entrants danced to a choreographed performance along the parade route, supporting the Mardi Gras theme of ‘Momentum’.

The City’s entry highlighted the need to maintain momentum towards equality using signs to highlight key moments in the City’s move towards LGBTIQ rights and marriage equality.

“It’s high time Australia caught up with the rest of the community, and many countries, states and cities globally, and legalised same sex marriage,” the Lord Mayor said. 

Out and proud

The City of Sydney values its diverse communities. Our commitment to our gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex (GLBTI) residents and visitors is demonstrated by our partnerships with relevant organisations, consultations with the community and advocacy work on important matters like safety and homophobia.

We also support GLBTI community groups through our grants program and sponsorship of events such as the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The City has had a float in the parade every year since 2005. The 2013 float celebrated 35 years of Mardi Gras love and pride.

Prior to the launch of the NSW Relationships Register in 2010, the City facilitated its own Relationships Declaration Program.

Community partnerships

Our dedicated GLBTI community programs officer works closely with relevant government and not-for-profit organisations such as the NSW Police Force and the Transgender Anti-Violence Project, which address homophobic and transphobic abuse and violence in the local area.

The City also works with key community and government organisations around issues such as:

  • GLBTI domestic and family violence
  • HIV awareness
  • ageing
  • alcohol and other drugs
  • community safety ambassador programs
  • support for young people.

Grants and sponsorships

If your community organisation provides a great service for GLBTI communities, you may be eligible for a grant from the City.

Many GLBTI groups have been given a helping hand by City grants in the past. Please get in touch with our GLBTI community programs officer if you would like to find out more.

GLBTI resources

Our library branches hold many different GLBTI materials. These include titles by GLBTI authors, DVD releases of well-known TV shows and movies, local and international magazines as well as many more resources for members of the community. 

Library membership is free for NSW residents.

Search for items in the library’s online catalogue


For more information about the City's services and projects for the GLBTI communities, please contact:

Pip Ditzell
Community Programs Officer (GLBTI)02 9265 9333


Relationships register: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Last updated: Monday, 7 March 2016