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Sydney Mardi Gras 2024

FEB 16 - MAR 3

Minus18 is heading to Sydney Mardi Gras to educate and empower the community, and to create safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ youth.

It's the biggest pride celebration in Australia!

It's the biggest pride celebration in Australia!

And we're creating safe spaces for queer youth!

And we're creating safe spaces for queer youth!

Minus18 Queer Formal returns to Sydney

On Saturday 17 February, the Minus18 Queer Formal® is heading back to Sydney! It's a celebration of community, identity, and new friends – for queer youth aged 12 to 19. Free tickets moving fast!

Book Inclusion Training or an LGBTQIA+ speaker

Sydney Mardi Gras is the perfect time to inspire and educate your team. Get in touch to book LGBTQIA+ professional training, a Minus18 panellist, or an LGBTQIA+ guest speaker.

Every Order Makes a Difference

In need of rainbow pride or inclusion goodies for your office, group, or lapel? Every order of ally badges, lanyards, posters or pins supports our work. Custom invoices available!

Support your community during 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 – since then, it's become an integral part of Australia's LGBTQIA+ pride, and cultural identity. Find out more about Sydney Mardi Gras below.

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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Why Are There So Many Queer Identities?

There are loads of different identities that make up the LGBTQIA+ acronym, and the queer community. It can feel overwhelming, but it's more simple than you might think!

How to be a trans ally

It's important to be an ally to the trans and gender diverse community, but it can be hard to know exactly what to do.

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How to support and celebrate your LGBTQIA+ child

There are so many ways to support and celebrate your child, no matter their age or your level of knowledge. Believe us, it makes a huge difference!

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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.

Youth empowerment

We believe in equipping young people with the skills they need to be at the forefront of driving change.

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