Rainbow flag-raising ceremony
The rainbow flag will be raised above the city’s most important civic building, Sydney Town Hall, to signal the start of the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival.
For the seventh year in a row, the potent symbol of pride for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities will fly proudly from 19 February until the end of the festival on 6 March.
The flag joins the 200 rainbow banners the City has flown along Oxford and Flinders streets since 2005 and the giant rainbow flag at Taylor Square.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore has invited the community to attend the special flag-raising ceremony on the steps of Sydney Town Hall from 5.30pm on Friday 19 February.
The 2016 festival features a range of free and popular events, including the world-famous Mardi Gras parade along Oxford and Flinders streets (5 March), Fair Day at Victoria Park, Camperdown (21 February) and a Mamma Mia Sing-Along with the Gay and Lesbian Choir at Mrs Macquaries Point (26 February).
For the 11th year, the City will have an entry in the parade, which this year will feature around 70 staff and volunteers dancing to the theme, ‘Momentum’.
In 2014, the City committed $1.45 million in cash and support over 3 years to Mardi Gras, reduced rent on office space through a grant valued at almost $65,000 each year, and a further $20,000 to help it develop a strategic plan.
The City also installed a large rainbow flag at Taylor Square to recognise the important contribution of the LGBTI community to Sydney.
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.
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
- 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.
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.
For more information about the City's services and projects for the GLBTI communities, please contact:
Community Programs Officer (GLBTI)02 9265 firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: Thursday, 11 February 2016