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Stonewall and Mardi Gras: Are they still relevant?

Stonewall and Mardi Gras: Are they still relevant?

As we come to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots nearly half a century ago on the 28th of June 1969, some may well wonder is it still relevant to commemorate these events so long ago? With this date looming (and my first attendance at an Australian gay wedding) in a few days’ time, (a change from it […]

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40 years ago protesters took to Sydney’s streets for the first Mardi Gras

40 years ago protesters took to Sydney’s streets for the first Mardi Gras

On this day 40 years ago a large group of people marched down the street in Sydney, propelling the LGBTI rights movement into the mainstream. In 1978 the push to decriminalise homosexuality in New South Wales had hit a brick wall. To build momentum LGBTI rights activists decided to do something different, they declared a […]

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Cher responds to fans concerned over Malcolm Turnbull selfie

Cher responds to fans concerned over Malcolm Turnbull selfie

Cher has responded to fans who raised concern about her selfie with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The Prime Minister took the photo with the iconic singer at Saturday’s 40th Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade celebrations. Fans of the singer sent her messages on Twitter arguing that Australia’s leader has a questionable record on […]

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Mardi Gras celebrates 40 years of liberation and freedom

Mardi Gras celebrates 40 years of liberation and freedom

An estimated 300,000 spectators filled the streets of Sydney to watch over 12,000 participants take part in the 40th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Four decades after one night of celebration became a political protest, the Mardi Gras spirit continued with a record breaking number of people watching the parade. The parade […]

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Listen to all the Mardi Gras action on JOYFM

Listen to all the Mardi Gras action on JOYFM

If you’re not able to make the trip to Sydney for Mardi Gras’ massive 40th birthday celebration you can listen in to all the action via Melbourne’s queer radio station JOYFM. The community radio station JOY is joining forces with SBS Radio for a Mardi Gras weekend takeover, including a live broadcast of the 40th […]

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‘R U OK?’ ambassadors ready for Mardi Gras

‘R U OK?’ ambassadors ready for Mardi Gras

Mental health awareness group R U OK? will be joined by three of their ambassadors for this year’s Mardi Gras parade. For the second consecutive year, suicide prevention charity R U OK? will show its support for Australia’s LGBTQI community at this weekend’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Around 80 choreographed dancers, R U […]

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Joel Creasey says gay men need to get over their body image obsession

Joel Creasey says gay men need to get over their body image obsession

Comedian Joel Creasey has called on Australia’s gay men to tone down their obsession with body image, and stop body shaming others, ahead of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Admitting that his own tour promotional posters are airbrushed to an almost unrecognisable point, the comedian said it’s time everyone calmed down about their […]

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Magda, Joel , Urzila and Patrick will host the Mardi Gras broadcast

Magda, Joel , Urzila and Patrick will host the Mardi Gras broadcast

If you can’t make it to Sydney for this year epic 40th anniversary Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, SBS have got you covered. They’ve just announced that Patrick Abboud, Joel Creasey, Magda Szubanski and Urzila Carlson will host their broadcast of the parade. The combination of three top comedians, Carlson, Szubanski and Creasey alongside The Feed’s Patrick […]

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Photographer Richard Hedger captures Mardi Gras memories

Photographer Richard Hedger captures Mardi Gras memories

A new book from photographer Richard Hedger celebrates 40 years of gay liberation in Australia by capturing some of the LGBTI communities most intriguing and colourful members. As the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras marks it’s 40th year, Hedger set about photographing 40 queer folk to capture their stories of floats, fun, fantasy and […]

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Artist William Yang brings his stories to Perth Writers Festival

Artist William Yang brings his stories to Perth Writers Festival

Chinese-Australian artist William Yang is a master storyteller. A photographer, filmmaker, performer and writer, Yang has documented and observed Australia’s LGBTI+ community from Sydney over decades. Known for his intimate perspective and unique style, Yang will be heading to Perth as part of this year’s Perth Festival for a special discussion about his work, sexuality, […]

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