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Sydney Mardi Gras 2023

FEB 17 - MAR 5

WorldPride is coming to Sydney Mardi Gras for the very first time! Here's how Minus18 is getting involved.

It's the biggest pride celebration in Australia!

It's the biggest pride celebration in Australia!

And Minus18 is marching for the very first time!

And Minus18 is marching for the very first time!

Minus18 Queer Formal returns to Sydney

The sparkliest and most affirming night for LGBTQIA+ young people returns to Sydney on Saturday 18 February! Fee tickets now available for young people ages 12 to 19.

Level up your group's LGBTQIA+ knowledge

Sydney Mardi Gras is the perfect time to learn about LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Join us for an online, interactive, and judgement-free professional training event.

We're marching in the Mardi Gras parade

WorldPride is coming to Australia for the very first time, and Minus18 is joining in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade for the very first time, thanks to the support of our friends at Bonds. Keep an eye out for our float!

Impact the community this Mardi Gras

This Mardi Gras season, in between the parties and rainbows, make sure you're actively supporting the LGBTQIA+ community. Every tax-deductible donation to Minus18 impacts the lives queer young people across the country.

About Sydney Mardi Gras

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras began in 1978 as a protest in Darlinghurst – and since then, it's become an integral part of Australian LGBTQIA+ pride, celebration, and cultural identity. Find out more about Sydney Mardi Gras below.

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"How do I come out?" is one of the questions we're most often asked. So here are our top tips for making it as easy and painless as possible!

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Why Does Queer Visibility Matter?

Today, queer people are represented throughout pop culture – appearing in TV shows, movies and on our radios. But it hasn't always been like this.

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Your guide to words and definitions in the LGBTQIA+ community

A list of LGBTQIA+ identities, common words and their definitions

What to talk about on Wear It Purple® Day

Your guide to creating meaningful conversation at work, school and beyond on August 25: Wear It Purple® Day.

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We’re leading change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them.

Life-affirming social inclusion

Through a preventative model of mental health support, we tackle social isolation by creating spaces where young people belong.

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We transform communities through LGBTQIA+ training, resources, and digital campaigns that enable others to champion inclusivity.

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