LGBTIQ communities

LGBTIQ communities

City supports marriage equality

The City of Sydney applauds the passing of the marriage equality bill on 7 December.

We also welcomed the announcement on 15 November of a 'yes' vote in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

The City has long supported the right of same-sex couples to have their relationships legally recognised. The vote marked an important milestone in the campaign.

Following a unanimous decision of Council on 29 August 2017, the City supported the 'yes' campaign for marriage equality in the postal survey, which closed on 7 November 2017.

Our support included preparing a mail out to the community providing information about the survey and encouraging a 'yes' vote. We also flew more than 260 rainbow and 'yes' banners across the city expressing our support for marriage equality and the LGBTIQ community. And we promoted 'yes' campaign activities through our communications channels.

Sydney Town Hall was lit up ‘pretty in pink’ at night, to also show our support for marriage equality until the end of the postal survey.

Council extended its accommodation grant to Australian Marriage Equality for use of the Equality Shop at 122 Oxford Street in Darlinghurst, vacant kiosks in central Sydney, and other available City of Sydney venues until November 2017.

There are more LGBTIQ people in the City of Sydney local area than any other council in Australia. As part of our vision for an equitable, diverse and inclusive community, the City has long supported the right of same-sex couples to have their relationships legally recognised.

In 2004, Council introduced the relationships declaration program and called for the repeal of legislation that discriminated against same-sex couples.

In 2011, Council endorsed the campaign for marriage equality and called on the Australian Parliament to amend the Marriage Act to enable same-sex couples to marry.

Council has subsequently reaffirmed its support for marriage equality, most recently in October 2016.

Marriage equality debate 

We recognise the marriage equality debate may raise profound personal issues for LGBTIQ residents, workers and visitors in the City of Sydney local area.

Help is available if you are experiencing difficulties and feel you need support.

Community support   

Out and proud

The City of Sydney values its diverse communities. Our commitment to our lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, 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.

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.

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 2017 the City showed its support for creating equality with a 'Say Yes To Love' parade entry.

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: Thursday, 16 November 2017