LGBTIQ communities

LGBTIQ communities

Proudly flying the flag for equality

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has been marked with the raising of the rainbow flag over Sydney’s Town Hall and the presentation of the key to the city to the Kirby Institute, recognising its outstanding work with people living with HIV and AIDS. 

For the eighth consecutive year, the colourful symbol for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex communities is flying over Sydney’s most important civic building until the end of the festival on Sunday 5 March.  

The key to the city was accepted by Professor Andrew Grulich, head of the HIV Epidemiology and Prevention Program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW Australia. Professor Grulich is one of Australia’s leading HIV researchers and public health physicians.

The City of Sydney is a major sponsor of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, which features a range of free events, including the famous parade along Oxford and Flinders streets on Saturday 4 March, Fair Day at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park in Newtown on Sunday 19 February and Stories of Art and Identity, a free talk from LGBTIQ artists on Wednesday 1 March at Customs House Library.

Out and proud

The City of Sydney values its diverse communities. Our commitment to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) 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 LGBTIQ 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. In 2016 the float vowed to 'Let's Get Married Australia', highlighting the need to maintain momentum towards marriage equality.

Prior to the launch of the NSW relationships register in 2010, the City facilitated its own relationships declaration program.

Community partnerships

Our dedicated LGBTIQ 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:

  • LGBTIQ 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 LGBTIQ communities, you may be eligible for a grant from the City.

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

LGBTIQ resources

Our library branches hold many different LGBTIQ materials. These include titles by LGBTIQ 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 LGBTIQ communities, please contact:

Pip Ditzell
Community Programs Officer (LGBTIQ) 02 9265 9333


Relationships register: NSW Registry of Births, Deaths & Marriages

Last updated: Friday, 17 February 2017