LGBTIQ communities

LGBTIQ communities

Say yes to love

The City of Sydney showed its support for creating equality at the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade with a 'Say Yes To Love' parade entry.

Created by designer Genevieve Blanchett, the entry featured a giant inflatable map of Australia, dancing brides and grooms, disco lights and rainbow flags.

Up to 100 staff, family and friends took part in the City’s parade entry on Saturday 4 March, performing a choreographed routine to support the LGBTIQ community and recognise its contribution to the wider Sydney community.

The City’s parade participants, decked out in tutus, top hats, sequins and glitter, called for for marriage equality and danced to a remix by leading DJ Jacqui Cunningham.

2017 marks the 39th year of Mardi Gras, which was born out of political action in the LGBTIQ community, and continues to raise awareness, highlight important issues and lobby for change.

In October 2016, Council resolved to reaffirm its support for marriage equality for all Australians, oppose the federal government’s proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage and support the work of marriage equality campaigners.

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: Tuesday, 7 March 2017