What is WorldPride?
WorldPride is a global LGBTQIA+ festival, staged in different cities every 2 to 3 years. In 2023 Sydney gets its turn to host the event.
Importantly, the Sydney WorldPride festival will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) and soon after the fifth anniversary of the Marriage Equality Act in Australia, when same sex marriages were officially legalised. The Marriage Equality Act became possible after a voluntary postal survey across Australia returned a conclusive yes result by more than 61% of people who took part.
Combining a significant Human Rights Conference, a spectacular First Nations Gala Concert at the Sydney Opera House, and an historic Pride March across Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge, Sydney WorldPride will bring a focus on diversity, inclusion and visibility to Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and the Southern Hemisphere, where the festival will be staged for the first time since its inception in 1982.
Why is Sydney WorldPride important?
Australia is one of the most multicultural countries in the world and has a prominent place in the Asia-Pacific, where sexual and gender-based human rights in that region are not always happy experiences. In fact, in many Asia-Pacific countries, LGBTQIA+ rights are not recognised, often oppressed and seldom celebrated.
Sydney WorldPride, alongside the iconic rights movement, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will be an opportunity to increase the visibility of LGBTQIA+ people in society, showcase tolerance and reinforce the right to live free of fear in any community.
As a gateway to the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney will also act as a platform and a spearhead for diversity, inclusion and visibility and help empower LGBTQIA+ activists in countries around the region. With its amazing cultural diversity and more than 250 languages spoken in Sydney alone, WorldPride 2023 in Sydney stands to be one of the most multicultural and diverse WorldPride festivals in history.
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