The University of Sydney is once again proud to be part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2017.
In fact, we had so much fun at our debut in 2016, this year we’re upping the ante and getting involved in the Mardi Gras Fair Day on 19 February as well.
Come along to our stand and listen to a mini-talk from one of our experts in the LGBTIQ space, find out how we’re working to support our staff and students, or just swing by for a chat. You might even be lucky enough to get a sneak peak of our float plans!
Of course, members of our LGBTIQ community will be strutting their stuff down Oxford Street as part of the official Mardi Gras Parade on 4 March, dazzling crowds on our spectacular float that will feature… oops, sorry, no spoilers here! Our float is currently under construction, but all will be revealed on the night.
Something you can definitely count on however are more of the stupendous dance routines that saw us win best float choreography in last year’s parade (yes, we really did.).
Our involvement in Mardi Gras is just part of our commitment to creating a stronger and more inclusive environment, not only at the University, but also across the community generally. Our aim is for all members of our society to feel supported and free to contribute their best, regardless of gender or sexual orientation.
We established an Ally Network to support the inclusion of LGBTIQ members of our community, and show our commitment to creating a stronger and more inclusive environment.
In preparation for the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we’ve collated a few ways you can stand with our LGBTIQ staff and students, and the support structures in place every day for those who identify as LGBTIQ.
A sea of rainbow-coloured gowns and mortar-boards lent a bookish edge to Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday night, with 75 students and staff members joining the fun as part of the University of Sydney’s first-ever float.
On a cold Saturday night in Sydney on June 24, 1978, a number of gay men, lesbians and transgender people marched into the pages of Australian social history. Mark Gillespie was one of them.