Dykes on Bikes formed in 1988 and took part in the parade for the first time that year. We are a community organisation dedicated to the provision of a safe place for women to ride and socialise together.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE
Our motto is Ride With Pride. To us, that means being proud of who you are, your sexuality, your gender. And on Mardi Gras, we like to say it loud and proud with the spectacle and noise of several hundred motorcycles.
2. BOYS ON BIKES (PRE-PARADE)
ABOUT THE FLOAT
Boys on Bikes is a gay motorcycle group formed to ride in the pre-parade. It is made up from members of the two Sydney gay ride organizations - Roadrunners and Homoto
THE FLOATS MESSAGE
Roadrunners and Homoto are motorcycle groups promoting social rides in the company of other likeminded gay riders. Our message on Mardi Gras night is promote motorcycle riding in the gay community.
3. MELBOURNE MOTORCYCLE TOURERS INC. (PRE-PARADE)
ABOUT THE FLOAT
Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers Inc is a club for gay and lesbian motorcyclists. It is located in Melbourne Australia and our current membership number is shown in the chart on the right. We were formed in 1990, became an Incorporated Association in 1998 and in 2015 we’re celebrating our 25th year.
We are a very informal group and welcome new members. We have a monthly newsletter and participate in many of Melbourne’s gay/lesbian events as well as organising our own monthly meetings and monthly or twice monthly rides."
THE FLOATS MESSAGE
Over our 25 years of history as a proud gay and lesbian motorcycle group we’ve participated in the Melbourne Pride March 20 times, the Midsumma Carnival at least 12 times, the Daylesford Chillout Festival many times and we’ve even opened an ALSO New Years Eve Dance party!
4. SISTERS OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE
5. AUSLAN AND CHILDREN CHOIR
6. ACON ABORIGINAL PROJECT
ABOUT THE FLOAT
The Aboriginal Project within ACON facilitates the First Australians Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community parade entry.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE
Unity: Stronger Together
7. THE 78'ERS
9. SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS
10. RON MUNCASTER
11. TERESA KOMPARA
12. SYDNEY QUEER IRISH
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Sydney Queer Irish were established after the success of the Irish Australian LGBTQI community float entered in last year's Mardi Gras. Since the parade, the group have formed a committee and hold social events regularly. The group was formed officially in order for the original parade group to stay in contact, and also to offer support and friendship to newly arrived and established Irish Australian people who identify as LGBTQI.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our message to Australia and the world is that the Irish people in Australia and everywhere want to spread the word of equality and love across the world. We will be carrying a torch from Ireland to Australia, to connect our two nations together. Our float will be a pirate ship to which we invite everyone to “come on board"
13. SGLMG Trans & Gender Diverse Working Group
14. AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE (AFP): GAY AND LESBIAN LIAISON OFFICER NETWORK (GLLO)
ABOUT THE FLOAT The AFP is Australia’s international law enforcement and policing organisation and the Australian government’s chief source of advice on policing issues. The role of the AFP is to enforce Commonwealth criminal law, to contribute to combating organised crime and to protect Commonwealth Interests from criminal activity in Australia and overseas.
The AFP has established the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (GLLO) Network to provide support to its LGBTI members, and to provide advice and support to the wider Australian LGBTI community on policing matters.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The AFP and its GLLO Network wish to increase the positive image of law enforcement and the work undertaken by the GLLO network in linking the LGBTI community to police resources and support.
The AFP and GLLO network are also commitment to showcasing the diversity in our membership, and supporting its LGBTI members and families.
15. NSW AMBULANCE
ABOUT THE FLOAT NSW Ambulance is one of the largest ambulance services in the world, providing high level emergency clinical care to the people of NSW, which spans an area of 801,600 square kilometres. On average, we respond to a Triple Zero (000) call for assistance every 28 seconds.
We employ over 4000 people, with 90 per cent being operational staff involved in the frontline delivery of services including paramedics, triple zero call takers, aeromedical flight nurses, helicopter paramedics, special operations and medical retrieval and rescue.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE As an organisation, we delivering a vital life-saving service to the community every day. While no one situation is the same, our care and commitment is unwavering. Throughout the challenges we face we not only look after our community, but also one another - no division, no boundaries, together we are one.
16. NSW STATE EMERGENCY SERVICE
ABOUT THE FLOAT The NSW State Emergency Service (NSW SES) is the most versatile and widely-used rescue and public safety organisation in NSW with volunteers who are always ready to assist their community through all kinds of emergencies. Our volunteers are highly-skilled and well-trained to provide rescue, first aid and other vital services in emergencies to every community across NSW.
The Service is responsible for preparation and response to floods, storms and tsunami. We also provide search and rescue support to other emergency services. With over 10,000 volunteers and 350 staff, we have been supporting Australian communities for over 60 years. We also provide a wide variety of support roles to other emergency service organisations and the community.
NSW SES has Primary Rescue Units that are dedicated as first response for road crash and general land rescues in many rural parts of NSW. There are also highly-trained and well-equipped Community First Responder teams which were established in partnership with the Ambulance Service of NSW to provide remote rural communities with an improved initial medical response.
Specialist vertical rescue teams in some Units are on call to undertake rescue at heights and from depths under a range of conditions. Most Units also have accredited Flood Rescue personnel, including Flood Boat Operators and Flood Rescue Technicians. All NSW SES volunteers are trained in General Rescue and First Aid.
NSW SES assists the NSW Police Force with land search for missing persons and evidence searches, plus provides a variety of support roles to the NSW Rural Fire Service during bushfire operations. There is a NSW SES Alpine Search and Rescue capability and the NSW SES Canine Unit that has been established as part of the Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Taskforce led by Fire & Rescue NSW.
This is in addition to the incident management roles the Service provides including logistics and equipment maintenance, communications and operational tasking, flood planning and intelligence gathering, media liaison, community education and many more.
Our members are as diverse as the roles we undertake. We have 245 volunteer Units across NSW and we are proud to have the highest percentage of women among all the emergency services in Australia. We actively celebrate the contributions of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex members. We are committed to ensuring that NSW SES is made up of lots of different people and with roles to suit everyone. We aim to reflect the communities we serve. A diverse, dynamic membership combined with an inclusive, respectful culture gives us strength, flexibility and resilience. With these qualities we are gaining the momentum we need to be ever-growing, ever-changing, ever-evolving.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE NSW SES has been there to support Australian communities in natural disasters and emergencies for over 60 years. But we don’t just support communities. As a volunteer emergency service, we are made up of the people we serve. We actively celebrate the contributions of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or intersex members. We are a diverse organisation with roles to suit everyone, committed to maintaining a culture that values different perspectives and treats everyone with respect. We encourage everyone to show up and be their best self. We are proud of our work and proud of our people. #nswsesorangepride
17. DEFENCE AND DEFGLIS - DEFENCE LGBTI INFORMATION SERVICE
ABOUT THE FLOAT Combined Department of Defence and DEFGLIS civilian family and Australian Public Service contingents
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Australian Defence Force, Australian Public Service and DEFGLIS Defence LGBTI Information Service march to promote inclusion and respect for LGBTI personnel and families that support those who serve.
18. NSW RURAL FIRE SERVICE
ABOUT THE FLOAT The NSW Rural Fire Service is the lead agency in combating bush fires and enabling the community to be better protected and prepared for bush fires. Whilst fighting fire and protecting the community from emergencies is the most visible aspect of the NSW RFS role, the Service has many responsibilities. The Services' 73,700 strong volunteer workforce are also responsible for structure fires in over 1200 villages and support other agencies in emergency situations such as accidents, flood & storm, and search & rescue situations.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE NSW RFS Volunteers come from all walks of life and can be found right across NSW, be that coastal, regional or rural. The NSW RFS celebrates the diversity of its membership and enthusiastically participates in activities that reflect its membership and community focus.
Everyday in towns, villages and cities across NSW you will find RFS volunteers giving up their time to protect and assist their community.
19. CORRECTIVE SERVICES NSW WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Corrective Services NSW (CSNSW) delivers professional correctional services and programs to reduce the risk of re-offending and enhance public safety. As an important element of the criminal justice system, CSNSW manages offenders in custody and in the community. CSNSW is an EEO organisation which has just released a departmental Justice’s Workforce Diversity Program 2015/16 which encourages a more inclusive workplace by supporting staff from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE In 1996 two CSNSW employees marched in the Mardi Gras. They walked behind a CSNSW banner with the words: We’re here too!
In 2016 more than 80 CSNSW staff, including senior executives, will be marching.
This coincides with the release of the Department of Justice’s Workforce Diversity Program 2015/16. CSNSW is part of the Department of Justice and this departmental program aims to support a range of staff including those from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
Under the program, staff are encouraged to join Diversity Staff Networks, which provide a forum to discuss equity and diversity issues in the workplace. They’re urged to meet and connect with their peers and share work experiences, career development information, and help organise and participate in events such as the Mardi Gras.
The new program encourages a more inclusive workplace, one which embraces diversity and is free from discrimination. Participating in the Mardi Gras is one huge step in bringing the Workforce Diversity Program 2015/16 to life.
It falls in line with the 2016 Momentum theme of building momentum and becoming unstoppable. And letting that momentum carry and drive us ever forward.
20. FIRE AND RESCUE NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are Government department that supportive of all diverse groups and looking to proudly demonstrate our diversity
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We are supportive of the LGBTQI communities
21. LEGAL AID NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are a government organisation that helps people with their legal problems.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We want to raise awareness with diverse communities about the legal assistance they can get.
22. TRANSPORT FOR NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are a state government organisation incorporating Trains, Busses, Ferries and Light Rail in both metropolitan and regional New South Wales
THE FLOATS MESSAGE In Transport we value the diversity of our colleagues. We are proud to support our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) colleagues and our LGBTI customers.
23. GAY & LESBIANS WORKERS OUT
ABOUT THE FLOAT Our group are all gay and lesbian that work in a variety of employment thought the community and proud to be a member of a relevant union.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our message is that gay men and women do work proudly in the community.
24. CONSULATE-GENERAL OF THE KINGDOM OF THE NETHERLANDS
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Consulate-General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sydney represents the government of the Netherlands in Sydney and beyond. As the Netherlands is the first country to legalise same sex marriages and historically has been very open and embracing of the LGBTQI community we see the Mardi Gras parade as a good opportunity to celebrate diversity.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Netherlands is known for its open-mindedness and tolerance and the capacity to embrace diversity. Our message is that we lead by example in this, as is shown by our legislation.
25. U.S. MISSION TO AUSTRALIA
ABOUT THE FLOAT As the official U.S. Government representatives to Australia, Ambassador Berry will lead a group of employees from the U.S. Embassy in Canberra and our Consulates in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our message is simply one of support for human rights and the LGBTQI community, and to celebrate the recent progress in advancing freedoms and our continued efforts in conjunction with Australia in further progressing those freedoms.
26. NSW POLICE FORCE
PRINCIPAL PARTNER OF SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS.
28. RAINBOW BABIES AND KIDS
ABOUT THE FLOAT Rainbow Babies & Kids is a community group for LGBTQI parents and their children. We run community events such as playgroups, camping , Christmas parties for the community to connect and feel less isolated.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Rainbow Babies & Kids are a growing community with the number of LGBTQI having children. This means that our community are gaining momentum to make huge shifts for future generations!
29. GAYBY BABY
ABOUT THE FLOAT The film Gayby Baby has drawn a community of supporters over the years of production. We want to walk with the families that feature in the film and our supporters.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We aim to walk to thank our community who stood by us and supported the film over the last 12 months... especially during the media storm and banning of the film in NSW schools.
30. RAINBOW FAMILIES
ABOUT THE FLOAT Rainbow Families is a community organisation run by Lesbian and Gay parents. The mission of Rainbow Families is to build a community which fosters resiliency by connecting, supporting and empowering LGBTQI families.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE In one word Rainbow Families is about 'support'. We aim to provide resources and events for LGBTQI families, prospective families, parents, step-parents, grandparents, and children that provide an empowering space for them to support each other and in turn feel supported.
Together We Sparkle, connotes the momentum through connection and empowerment that we experience, as our diverse group come together and support one another.
31. PFLAG (PARENTS & FRIENDS OF LESBIANS & GAYS)
ABOUT THE FLOAT We walk as a group of parents, often accompanied by our lesbian and gay children and our or their friends. We carry a large banner at the front of our entry. We also carry professionally made banners declaring our pride in and love for our gay children. Our hired utility has professionally made signs on the side.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our message is "Keeping Families Together". We walk proudly to show our love and support for our gay children.
32. INNER CITY LEGAL CENTRE
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Inner City Legal Centre (ICLC) has been providing free legal services for people in the inner city area for thirty-five years. The Centre provides a range of free legal services to people in the Sydney inner city, inner eastern suburbs, the lower north shore and northern beaches areas.
The Centre also provides a state-wide specialist legal advice service for anyone who is lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer (LGBTIQ) throughout New South Wales. An important part of this state-wide service is the award-winning Safe Relationships Project (SRP), a court-support service for people identifying as LGBTIQ and experiencing or escaping domestic violence.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE ICLC supports change!
Court involvement is mandatory before transgender children can begin hormones. ICLC supports and represents these teenagers and their parents navigating the complex legal system. We believe that the process could be simplified.
There is no consistent approach across the states and territories and the Commonwealth to changing your gender on identity documents. For example, a person wishing to change their sex on their NSW birth certificate must prove that they have had surgery affecting their reproductive organs. This strict requirement is very different from the requirements to change your sex on your Australian passport.
33. PFLAG CAPITAL REGION
ABOUT THE FLOAT PFLAG Capital Region is based in Canberra. We have been participating in the Mardi Gras Parade for several years. We provide support to our LGBTIQ community and their families. We have close connections with PFLAG in Wagga and Albury, helping to establish these branches. Members of these branches will join our group. We participate in LGBTIQ events in our region. Our members are parents, their LGBTIQ children and LGBTIQ individuals, family and friends.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE PFLAG Capital Region wants our LGBTIQ community to know we love them, just the way they are. We will use Cyndi Lauper's song 'True Colours' to convey this message.
34. FOSTERING NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Fostering NSW recruits foster parents across NSW. We want to promote the message that same-sex couples can also be foster parents. So our organisation along with staff from a number of fostering agencies will be parading behind our banner, to promote same-sex coupleS being foster parents.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We want to promote the message that same-sex couples can also be foster parents.
35. WEAR IT PURPLE
ABOUT THE FLOAT Wear It Purple it a youth run organisation for rainbow young people. We work with schools, workplaces and communities to create sale and supportive environments for youth to be who they are.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE That today's young people are the next gen of people changing the world they are the superheroes of the now. Wear It Purple believes in empowering young people and superheroes is just the why to do so.
36. LGBTQI+ YOUTH
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are a group of LGBT youths who want to instil change in society. We hope to give young people under the LGBT umbrella a voice in a community where they are not always heard.
Whilst being a voice for change we also want to celebrate diversity in our community.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our message aims to be a voice for change while celebrating diversity in our community. We want to emphasise that we're here, we're queer and proud.
37. TWENTY10 INCORPORATING GLCS NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW is a statewide non-profit organsiation supporting LGBTIQA young people and adults, their families and communities. Our services including housing for youth, counselling, case management and groups for young people, adult groups, community education, and we run the NSW arm of the national Qlife peer based telephone and web support service.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Twenty10 works to create spaces for people to be themselves, one way we do this is by educating people around respectful language and behaviour, such as using personal pronouns and preferred names, avoiding put downs, and celebrating difference.
ABOUT THE FLOAT Qlife is the national LGBTI phone and webchat counselling service. A consortium between NSW, Vic, Qld, WA and The LGBTI Health Alliance to provide access to support and counselling between 3pm and 12 midnight nationally through one phone number.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Qlife project provides early intervention and peer supported services to LGBTIQ people of all ages in urban and remote locations experiencing poor mental health, psychological distress, social isolation, experiences of being misgendered, or other discrimination that impacts on their health and wellbeing
39. REACHOUT AUSTRALIA
ABOUT THE FLOAT ReachOut is Australia's leading online mental health service. We provide information and support to young Australians to help them and their mates get through tough times.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE This year, we are working with the Mardi Gras theme - Momentum - to deliver a parade float that is all about building better futures for LGBTQI young people.
ReachOut believes that all young people have the power to get themselves through tough times, including those who are marginalised, discriminated against, and at higher risk of mental health issues and suicide.
Our float will show support for LGBTQI people, and demonstrate that regardless of your sexuality or gender, ReachOut supports you. ReachOut has the building blocks for a better future, where LGBTQI young people have equal rights, access to help, and mental health outcomes.
40. NSW TEACHERS FEDERATION
ABOUT THE FLOAT The New South Wales Teachers Federation is the registered trade union that covers NSW public school teachers. It includes those teachers in public pre-schools, infants, primary, central, community and secondary schools as well as Schools for Specific Purposes, Hospital Schools, TAFE Institutes, Juvenile Justice and Corrective Services. The union believes that the public school system is primarily concerned with the education and welfare of its students, and must deliver equal opportunity for all children to develop their abilities to the fullest. The Federation has a LGBTIQ Special Interest Group and Restricted Committee who have organised and co-ordinated this float application to raise the profile of LGBTIQ teachers/workers in public schools (and their allies), and show support for LGBTIQ students and school community members.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE More schools are taking on LGBTIQ inclusive education practices, something that has increased in momentum over the past few years - and this float shows our support for those schools, teachers, students and parents who seek to make a positive difference in the lives of all.
The public education system is the only education system that doesn’t discriminate against LGBTIQ teachers, students and families, and in doing so caters to all (teachers, students and the school community). Teachers in the public education system are agents of change in that the lessons we teach children enable them to go out into the world to make a positive change – one that will create a brighter future for LGBTIQ students and their communities.
This is the second year that the Federation (LGBTIQ Special Interest Group and their allies) will be marching in the parade – a demonstration of momentum itself. We march to promote our support for inclusive education in schools so that all students feel safe and supported, and therefore able to reach their full potential, and all teachers and parents feel welcome, safe and part of their school communities.
41. RURAL AND REGIONAL ALLIANCE OF QUEER STUDENTS
ABOUT THE FLOAT A university based group that aims to provide a network to spread information and provide support for LGBTIQ/Queer students. The aim is to provide the network that is often lacking in non-metropolitan settings.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We aim to provide visual support for LGBTIQA people in rural areas by letting them know there are LGBTIQA people from areas like theirs. It is a message to the people in the crowd or watching at home that we are in the country and we don’t need to leave to be happy. That there are communities to be found, even in the country.
42. THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
ABOUT THE FLOAT The University of Sydney is on of the world's leading, comprehensive research and teaching universities. We make lives better not just by producing leaders of society, but also through equipping our people so they can meaningfully serve all our community at every level.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The University of Sydney community is enriched by diversity in all its forms, including gender, sexual orientation, culture, ability and identity.
43. AUSTRALIAN QUEER STUDENT NETWORK AND THE NSW & ACT QUEER STUDENT NETWORK
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Australian Queer Student Network (AQSN) is the national representative network of queer students. It is a social and organisational hub for Queer Collectives and Queer Spaces across all Australian educational institutions, and provides support and resources for these local groups in addition to state and territory cross-campus queer student networks like NSW & ACT QSN, VQSN and WACCQN. The NSW & ACT Queer Student Network (QSN) predates AQSN and is a cross-campus queer student network for all students in NSW and the ACT. QSN's activities are similar to those of QSN, but on a smaller jurisdictional scale.
QSN has historically organised Mardi Gras float entries on its own, but will be working together with AQSN this year for the cross-campus student float.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE This theme was chosen for several reasons of importance to Australian queer students. Firstly, AQSN and QSN represent the Queer Collectives and Spaces that for many queer students become families and homes for them; this message reflects the familial empowerment that these groups and spaces provide.
Secondly, AQSN's ""Ending Queer Youth Homelessness"" campaign is set to launch in O-Week 2016, and will see the creation of a website providing a national list of queer-specific crisis housing and homelessness services, posters and leaflets to promote the website and a zine to help queer students struggling with crisis living situations, homelessness and welfare. This title will hopefully draw parallels between that campaign and the message of the float, which will encourage participation in AQSN leading up to and beyond Mardi Gras itself.
Thirdly, many queer students aren't ""out of the closet"" about their gender and sexuality, or have only recently ""come out"" - Mardi Gras is an opportunity for these people to express themselves in a way that helps them feel ""at home"" with themselves and their friends and family in their collectives, represented by AQSN and QSN. This title thus gives participants the opportunity to express themselves to their fullest potential for this one night!
44. WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
ABOUT THE FLOAT Western Sydney University is an tertiary education institution which aspires to be a place that brings positive change in the lives of its students and a source of creativity and new knowledge that is relevant, robust and contributes to individual and community development.
The University's place will be at the leading edge of knowledge, providing a contemporary education that builds successful lives and careers for our students and graduates, and conducting research that speaks to the development of urban and rural regions, the new economy, cultural life and professional development.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Following the University's Mission and Values our idea aims to highlight the Pride and benefits of embracing Diversity within the Greater Western Sydney and Western Sydney University communities. This pride in our diversity and inclusive culture and community will be celebrated in a American Varsity themed float including cheerleaders, athletes, staff, students and community partners in red, white and black or Western Sydney University branded professional uniforms (e.g., paramedics uniform). Our entry will include a flat-bed vehicle with lights and bright colours illuminating the Western Sydney University logos and will feature signage acknowledging the support and importance of Western's Ally Network and Queer Collective.
MAJOR PARTNER OF SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS
46. IMMIGRATION ADVICE AND RIGHTS CENTRE (IARC)
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) is a community legal centre providing free legal advice to people seeking asylum and vulnerable migrants on immigration law. We assist people on partner visas escaping violence, people needing protection visas, and people who face having their visa cancelled.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE This is a twist on the Reclaim Australia movement. Unlike them we promote an inclusive and welcoming Australia. We intend to have Border Farce marching, lots of welcome signs and lots of glitter
47. ANDROGEN INSENSITIVITY SYNDROME SUPPORT GROUP AUSTRALIA INC.
ABOUT THE FLOAT The AISSGA is a peer-based, not-for-profit support group run solely by volunteers who are either intersex or have someone who is intersex in our families. Our members receive much benefit from sharing their stories, time and experiences with others within a nurturing environment to create platforms for understanding.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE People with intersex variations tend to be invisible - shame, secrecy, non-disclosure and 'normalising' non consensual surgeries have erased us from history. A part of our message is to communicate that intersex is a part of humanity. Research indicates approximately 1 in every 200 human beings is intersex. A part of our aim is create awareness and visibility, which we trust marching up Oxford Street in the 2016 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade will achieve.
48. MY LITTLE PEONY
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are a mobile bar and event service launching January 2016!
Our custom built 1950's replica vintage bondwood caravan will be servicing Sydney, the South Coast, the Hunter region, the Blue mountains and everywhere in between.
We are about celebrating LOVE and the important milestones in life, no matter what shape or form that comes in for our clients.
As a pop up events service we will operate from our very unique (and super cool!) vintage caravan, providing bar service, desserts, photobooth and prop hire as well as floral styling.
Whether it be an engagement, wedding, birthday or any other type of personal event, the My Little Peony team are all about bringing the fun to a celebration!
My partner and I are active members in the community with our membership to Sydney Women's Baseball League and would love the opportunity to participate in the parade to show our ongoing support of same sex marriage.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE At My Little Peony we are all about celebrating love, in all of it's forms!!
We are passionate about supporting same sex marriage and the opportunity for the people of our community to have the same rights as traditional straight relationships in Australia.
We want to share with the community our support and encourage them to #celebratelove no matter it's gender.
For us #celebratelove also goes broader than just a marriage or wedding celebration, it is about the love for our parents, our children, our family, our friends and those in our community. We want to encourage all of our participants and the audience to celebrate all of their events and life's milestones...with love!
49. RETRO EQUALITY
ABOUT THE FLOAT Retro Equality started as a artistic project of promoting gay rights and marriage equality through the art of pinup photography. This year it has grown into a wider community of retro/alternative women and men through the country as a unique way to celebrate and come together to celebrate and fight for our rights through our love and style of the vintage and retro era. The pinup alternative community is a growing one throughout our country and Retro Equality represent them as supporters for gay rights and marriage equality.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our message is simple. We are a community within a community wanting to stand up for what we believe in, through the community of our style and fashion. Dapper and classically beautiful women and men who love the same sex and should be celebrated.
50. AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL LGBTQI NETWORK
ABOUT THE FLOAT Amnesty International is a worldwide movement of people campaigning to protect human rights. Amnesty's NSW LGBTQI network campaigns for the human rights of LGBTQI people in Australia and around the world. We have a vision of a world in which every person enjoys all of the rights stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Human Rights are my Pride because around the world Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) people are persecuted because of the sexuality, gender identity or intersex status. Amnesty International's LGBTQI network works to campaign against human rights abuses and demand dignity for everyone everywhere irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or intersex status. We urge you to join us and add momentum to the fight for human rights.
51. MARRIAGE CELEBRANTS
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are a group of registered civil marriage celebrants from across Australia and wish to demonstrate the strong support for Marriage Equality by many in the celebrant community. Many of us are active in celebrant professional associations, raising awareness amongst members and presenting the case for marriage equality. This year two of our group produced and crowd funded a logo for celebrants to display on websites so that same sex couples can easily find a celebrant who will welcome their business and treat them with respect and dignity. This logo will be on our T-shirts.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our group will represent celebrants who strongly support the Marriage Equality movement. Celebrants will be vitally affected by any change in legislation allowing same sex marriage. Not all celebrants will welcome this, but our participation will make clear that there is strong support amongst celebrants and that we stand with the LGBTIQ community in their campaign for human rights.
We feel that our group is a perfect fit with your theme ‘Each of us can make a difference. Together we can make a change.’
52. RELATIONSHIPS AUSTRALIA NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Relationships Australia NSW provides relationship support services for individuals, couples, families and communities.
We are a not-for-profit Australian organisation with no religious affiliations. Our goal is to promote relationships that are safe, healthy and resilient.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Relationships Australia firmly believes in the right of all people to observe their relationships fully and without discrimination. On this basis we support marriage equality - the right of all Australians to access marriage as a civil institution with their partner of choice, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation.
53. SAPIEN ARMY
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are a group of HOMOsapiens, Identifying not as HOMOsexual but as HOMOsapien. We are standing together as one, the minorities as the majority and marching in support of HUMAN rights.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We are a group of HOMOsapiens, Identifying not as HOMOsexual but as HOMOsapien. We are standing together as one, the minorities as the majority and marching in support of HUMAN rights.
Building a Sapien Army with love and peace as our artillery!
54. UNITY WOLLONGONG
ABOUT THE FLOAT UNITY WOLLONGONG is not-for-profit organisation committed to building social connection and empowerment across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven LGBTQI community through the coordination and delivery of locally driven events and projects that inspires collective participation and builds greater community capacity.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our theme for 2016 is an extension of the MG theme 'Momentum'. It is a satirical take on a serious socio-political message which emphasises the importance of moving forward and breaking free from the political bondage enforced upon our community by the Australian government which continues to deny equality for our community.
55. SOCIAL JUSTICE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION
ABOUT THE FLOAT Social Justice In Early Childhood is a not for profit, politically active organisation working for social justice issues pertaining to the lives of children. It’s members consist of early childhood teachers and educators, consultants, academics, researchers, managers, community people, and those generally interested in the rights of children. Although the group is Sydney based, there are both national and international members.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We want to educate and support all children and their families to embrace and celebrate love and diversity. Early Childhood education supports and educates children to advocate and challenge bias in our community. Our goal is to strive for a fair community.
56. PRIDE IN DIVERSITY
SUPPORTER OF SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS
57. KIRKETON ROAD CENTRE
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Kirketon Road Centre (KRC) is a primary health care facility located in Kings Cross, which is involved in the prevention, treatment and care of HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections among ‘at risk’ young people, sex workers and injecting drug users. KRC was established in 1987.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE KRC has been at the forefront for change in the delivery of relevant respectful health services to the LGBTQI communities for over 25 years. KRC staff and the services delivered represent the ethos of 'health for all' and the community spirit with which KRC engages with the LGBTQI communities is respected and acknowledged both nationally and internationally.
58. KIRBY INSTITUTE (UNSW)
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Kirby Institute (formerly the National Center in HIV, Epidemiology and Clinical Research) is the major research body in Australia with responsibility for research into the clinical and epidemiological aspects of HIV/AIDS, STIs and viral hepatitis. It is also responsible for research into these aspects of other blood borne viruses and sexually transmissible infections. Under the guidance of Professor David Cooper, we were the first research group to work with the LGBTQI community trying to find out all we could about HIV/AIDS and finding a solution to the problem. Since our birth in 1986, we have grown to encompass a wider research base whilst still maintaining a strong focus on contributing to a better health outcomes for the LGBTQI community. To reflect this focus we became an institute under the patronage of the Honorable Michael Kirby.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We are celebrating 30 years of research in HIV/AIDS and other diseases. The float is a celebration of the work we have done which has contributed to clinical, laboratory and social breakthroughs for people living HIV/AIDS.
Incorporating the theme of Momentum, we have gone from a very small group of doctors and researchers in the 80s to become a world leader in research. From the early days when HIV was identified through to trialing and delivery of medications and forward then to 2016, around Mardi Gras, when we will be rolling out the first stage of our trial of PREP.
59. POSITIVE LIFE NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Positive Life NSW is a non-profit community-based organisation. We work to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination
THE FLOATS MESSAGE
HIV Positive or HIV Negative – we have our part to play in HIV prevention
60. STANFORD HOUSE
ABOUT THE FLOAT Stanford House, est 1991, has been providing short-term supported accommodation for PLWHA and ongoing outreach support to people living in the community. Recent events saw us loose our home but we've kept up the MOMENTUM and finally have a new home coming up in Darlinghurst!!
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Momentum - We are here, bright n happy and not going away!
ABOUT THE FLOAT We’re a New South Wales based health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) health.
Established in 1985 as the AIDS Council of NSW, we’re here to end HIV transmission among gay and homosexually active men, and promote the lifelong health of LGBTI people and people with HIV.
Our head office is in Sydney, we have offices in five regional locations and we provide services throughout NSW.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The theme of ACON’s 2016 float is around the importance of maintaining safe sex practices to help end the HIV epidemic. By continuing to use condoms and with PrEP on the horizon there’s hope to see the virtual elimination of HIV in NSW by 2020.
62. HEART FOUNDATION NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Heart Foundation is dedicated to making a real difference to the heart health of all Australians. We have a positive and important role to play to help reduce the impact of heart disease to make it easier for Australians to lead heart healthy lives.
Many Australians are unaware of the cause and risk factors of heart disease. The Heart Foundation has a number of programs and resources to help people make effective lifestyle choices to manage and maintain their heart health.
We believe in equality of health for all Australians and are committed to preventing the enormous number of Australian lives lost and impacted by heart conditions. We do this by funding ground-breaking research, identifying gaps in evidence and determining what research is needed to address that gap.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Heart disease does not discriminate – we fight for all hearts!
Heart disease does not discriminate - all hearts are equal!
This would be printed on a large banner (6m x 1.5m) at the front of our float area. Throughout our crowd we thought we could also have our Heart Foundation logo printed and held up by participants in our group so that we are clearly identified as a charity organisation.
63. LIVIN GROUP
ABOUT THE FLOAT Our float is a fitness, well-being and mental health the float. We are celebrating being active in our community, promoting mental health and fitness.
ABOUT THE FLOAT Aftercare is Australia's longest serving mental health organisation. We support thousands of people with a lived experience of mental illness across Australia to lead fulfilling, independent lives.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The social and emotional wellbeing of each of us requires a whole of community commitment
ABOUT THE FLOAT headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds.
The service is designed to make it easy as possible for a young person and their family to get the help they need for problems affecting their wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.
We know that sexuality and gender identity do not cause mental health problems, however the social pressures associated with being LGBTQI can affect a person's mental health. Because of this, headspace has been proactive in developing health promotion resources to support young LGBTQI people.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Homophobia has a major impact on a young person's mental health and wellbeing, with an increased likelihood of self-harm and suicidal behaviour. headspace is aware of the prejudice and discrimination against many minority groups in Australian society. This prejudice and discrimination can seriously affect the wellbeing of young people who are judged on the basis of their gender, ethnicity, sexuality or gender identity. Our message is all about letting young people know that headspace is to help and support them through any issue they may be facing.
66. ULTRASOUND CARE
ABOUT THE FLOAT We are an all female Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound practice who fully support gay and lesbian couples throughout their pregnancy.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We are an all female Obstetric and Gynaecological Ultrasound practice who fully support gay and lesbian couples throughout their pregnancy.
ABOUT THE FLOAT At Uniting, we believe in taking real steps to make the world a better place. We work to inspire people, enliven communities and confront injustice.
Our services are in the areas of aged care and disability, community services, and chaplaincy and we get involved in social justice and advocacy issues that impact the people we serve. As an organisation we celebrate diversity and welcome all people regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity.
Throughout 2015 Uniting has been on a journey to be the provider of choice to the LGBTI community and send a strong message that we embrace diversity and are a safe place. In 2015 Uniting participated in the Mardi Gras for the first time. Our message: We love that you love being you; welcoming and celebrating diversity.
Uniting has also undergone the Rainbow Tick accreditation process. This year we want to enter the Mardi Gras with a stronger message around encouraging other aged care providers to challenge hetronormative behaviours and processes and join the momentum.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE At Uniting, we welcome everyone and value each person as an individual.
Our message this year will focus on the themes that Uniting is more than people think; Uniting is a safe place we want other aged care providers to share the momentum.
68. GLADD - THE GAY AND LESBIAN ASSOCIATION OF DRS AND DENTISTS
ABOUT THE FLOAT A group of LGBTQI Healthcare workers and their friends who would like to represent LGBTQI Healthcare workers in our community and over the Mardi Gras period.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We would like to represent LGBTQI healthcare workers in the parade in a sexy yet subtle and professional way with a message of safe sex and consensual sex for all - which we feel is sometimes forgotten for our daily lives. Good, bad, black, white, gay, straight, naughty or nice-regardless of your background, orientation, religion or race we should all march to the same beat' #weallmarchtogether
Flying the flag for equality, no divide and everyones right to be who they are.
70. RAINBOW RECOVERY CLUB INC.
ABOUT THE FLOAT We provide a safe LGBTI Club for various 12 Step recovery groups in Surry Hills.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE That LGBTI people in recovery are moving forward with a whole new life clean, sober and free of their addictions.
71. BEYOND BLUE
ABOUT THE FLOAT beyondblue is an independent, not-for-profit organisation working to reduce the impact of anxiety, depression and suicide in Australia.
We provide information and support to help everyone achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live. We work to give everyone in Australia the confidence to speak openly about anxiety, depression and suicide – both to seek support when they need it and to check in with those close to them – and we tackle prejudice and discrimination wherever they exist.
beyondblue’s tools, resources and services create mentally healthy environments. Through our dedicated programs, we support schools, universities, workplaces and community organisations to protect and promote good mental health.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE beyondblue's entry will focus on the Love Doesn't Discriminate marriage equality message, taken from the organisation's advert in The Australian (Love Doesn't Discriminate. The Law Shouldn't Either.)
beyondblue's entry will also include the Take Action Before the Blue Takes Over campaign, which encourage LGBTI people who are struggling to learn more about depression and anxiety, and take action.
72. CITY OF SYDNEY
ABOUT THE FLOAT Sydney is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a diverse population featuring a rich history, internationally-recognised tourist attractions and an exciting calendar of events. The City of Sydney is the local government authority responsible for the city centre and more than 30 suburbs within our boundaries.
2016 marks the eleventh year that the City has produced an entry in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. As well as over a decade of participation, the City has been a major supporter of Mardi Gras and the community for much longer.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The 2016 Sydney Mardi Gras festival theme is ‘Momentum’. City of Sydney will celebrate this theme with its float – ‘2016 – Your Turn, Australia!’
After many years of advances in LGBTIQ rights, full equality has not been reached but remains tantalisingly close. As a long-time champion of LGBTIQ rights, and home of the Mardi Gras Parade, the City of Sydney is leading the way and saying it is time for all Australians to have full equality, including marriage equality, as equal members of our diverse community.
In 2003, the former South Sydney City Council introduced the Partnership Register, offering an opportunity for the GLBTIQ community to have their relationships formally recognised. Following the merger of the City of Sydney and South Sydney City Council, the City of Sydney introduced a new Relationships Declaration Program in 2004. Five years later in 2010, the NSW Government began to allow Civil Partnerships under the Relationships Register Bill. Federally, despite numerous attempts, marriage equality remains unachieved, with Australia falling behind countries across the globe which have already legalised same sex marriage.
73. LORD MAYOR CLOVER MOORE, ALEX GREENWICH MP AND VOLUNTEERS
ABOUT THE FLOAT 2016 will be Clover's 30th year participating in the Mardi Gras parade. As state MP for 25 years and current Lord Mayor of Sydney Clover is a great supporter of LGBTI rights and equality and continues to work for equality and support the LGBTI community in her role as Lord Mayor.
Alex Greenwich is the current independent state MP for Sydney Electorate and Chairperson for Australian Marriage Equality. He won NSW Government support for Marriage Equality, is a member of the LGBTI Parliamentary Friendship Group and LGBTI Cross Party Working Group.
Clover and Alex have had a joint parade entry since 2013 to provide their volunteers and LGBTI community members an opportunity to participate in the parade and stand up for LGBTI rights.
74. SOCIALIST ALLIANCE
ABOUT THE FLOAT Socialist Alliance is a political party dedicated to changing the world through people's involvement in rainbow rights, anti-racist and anti-war campaigns. We have been involved for over 11 years in the marriage equality rallies, and been campaigning for trans, intersex and queer refugee rights.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We will be showcasing dynamo rainbow placards demanding Marriage Equality, an end to forced Trans Divorce, Free Trans Operations, Free Trans Hormones, Intersex Rights: End non-consensual surgery, Rainbow solidarity with refugees, Queer Refugees: ALL refugees should be free.
75. THE GREENS
ABOUT THE FLOAT Showing support for and raising awareness of LGBTQI refugees who are suffering under Australia's draconian refugee laws.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Greens believe it's time to end trans- stigma and discrimination. Let's reform our laws, tackle institutionalised discrimination and better support transgender people in our communities.
76. AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Australian Sex Party is a social libertarian political party that has championed, supported and advocated for LGBTQI rights and provides a political voice through our elected member of parliament and leader of the Australian Sex Party, Fiona Patten.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Marriage Equality is about common sense. It's common sense that stigma should be broken down. It's common sense to promote HIV awareness and rights, and it's common sense that same-sex adoption should become a reality. It's common sense to teach and promote respectful relationships in Schools.
77. LIBERAL PARTY OF NSW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Group of LGBTIQ Liberals from NSW coming together to show their support for the LGBTIQ agenda. This will include Members of Parliament and Councillors.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Showcasing the Liberal Party is diverse and stands up for the LGBTIQ community with members being LGBTIQ identified along with LGBTIQ Members of Parliament and Council.
78. BRONNIE TAKES A RIDE
ABOUT THE FLOAT The entry makes fun of Bronwyn Bishop's ill fated helicopter ride using public funds which led to her having to resign as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
79. RAINBOW LABOR
ABOUT THE FLOAT Rainbow Labor is the grassroots organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Labor members and supporters.
We provide a forum for networking and policy discussion to promote inclusion and equality within the Labor Party’s structures, practices and policies.
In the past, Rainbow Labor has succeeded in making history in the fight for fairness and equal marriage rights. The Australian Labor Party platform is now strongly supportive of equal rights for the LGBTI community.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE In 2016 Rainbow Labor will continue the fight for equality.
80. CAAH + RIFF RAFF + CRAC
Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), Riff Raff Radical Marching Band, and Campus Refugee Action Coalition (CRAC)
ABOUT THE FLOAT This float is a coalition of groups that have joined together for the Parade to challenge the LNP and ALP's imprisonment of refugees, in particular those who seek asylum on the basis of their sexuality or gender identity, and show their hypocrisy despite their otherwise saying they support queer rights.
81. DIY RAINBOW
ABOUT THE FLOAT Born from the removal of Sydney's Rainbow Crossing, DIY Rainbow celebrates our LGTBQI community with 60k+ followers on Facebook. We've seen hundreds of DIY chalk rainbows made all over the world via the Page in support of equal love.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE This season we want to feature local ally Danny Lim.
Danny is infamous around Strathfield, Redfern and Edgecliff stations with his Sandwich board signs, often in support of Marriage Equality and other progressive issues. Danny will be on our float with one of his signs and his dog.
The 90 dancers following our float will be dressed as Danny and have their own sandwich board signs that they will decorate with their own 'Say Something' messages.
82. MUSLIMS AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA
ABOUT THE FLOAT Muslims Against Homophobia aims to challenge homophobia in Muslim community, and promote queer Muslim rights.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Our group includes LGBTQI and Non-LGBTQI members. We would like to emphasise that Queer Muslims should stand up for their rights, and their supporters should promote queer Muslim rights.
83. SYDNEY SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GROUP
ABOUT THE FLOAT Shambhala takes its name from a legendary kingdom famous for being an enlightened society. Today, the global Shambhala network brings together people of all ages and from all walks of life who are interested in exploring our own minds, transforming our experience, and awakening our potential for enlightened society.
Shambhala Sydney Meditation Group is a the Sydney branch of Shambhala International. At Shambhala Sydney, we offer a path of meditation practice and contemplative arts oriented towards modern life. Shambhala is based on trust in human dignity. Our communities around the world cultivate kindness, bravery, and genuine dialogue. Our vision is to inspire compassionate, sustainable, and just human societies.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Shambhala teachings on human dignity are captured by four 'dignities' - the tiger, lion, garuda and dragon. These represent the qualities of contentment, joy, inscrutability and wisdom.
Shambhala is strongly supportive of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer communities. Approximately half of our Sydney members identify as LGBTIQ, and Shambhala Sydney meditation group is proud and delighted to be marching in the Mardi Gras. We are marching to show members of the LGBTIQ community who are interested in meditation that they would be very warmly welcome at Shambhala.
84. DAYENU - SYDNEY'S JEWISH GLBTI GROUP
ABOUT THE FLOAT Dayenu was conceived in 1999 as a co-operation between the local lesbian and gay Jewish groups to enter a combined float in the 2000 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. Shortly after the parade, the group formalised and agreed to operate in order to:
- Provide outreach and support; - Deliver educational information and public representation; and, - Organise social activities for Jewish Gays & Lesbians and their partners, friends and family
Based in Sydney, Australia, Dayenu exists to meet the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, trans and intersex people as well as their friends, families, partners and other supporters. We provide outreach through education, information, resources, social activities and other events.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The float intends to spread a message about spreading light in the world. This message encourages people to be themselves and use this confidence to make the world a better place.
85. ACCEPTANCE SYDNEY FOR GAY AND LESBIAN CATHOLICS
ABOUT THE FLOAT Established in 1972, Acceptance Sydney has been providing a safe and spiritual place for LGBTQ Catholics, their family and friends affirming their Catholic faith.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The start of a global wave of recognition for LGBTQ catholics within the community will strengthen our faith and confidence in knowing we are all equally blessed.
86. UNITING NETWORK
ABOUT THE FLOAT Uniting Network is the forum for LGBTIQ members in the Uniting Church in Australia and their families, friends, and supporters. We advocate for: marriage equality within the church and publicly; church schools to become safe spaces for LGBTI students; the church's foreign aid to provide support and respect for LGBTI people; and for the rights of LGBTI refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Uniting Network proudly proclaims that "LGBTI refugees are welcome here" in Australia and that "children don't belong in detention." We also aim to make it clear that LGBTI people can be welcome in the Uniting Church.
87. SYDNEY QUEER ATHEISTS
ABOUT THE FLOAT Sydney Queer Atheists is a community organisation for queer atheists and other non-heterosexual nonbelievers. We aim to bring queer atheists together, understand more about how atheism and queer intersect, work on the large overlap between queer and atheist issues, provide some inside guidance to atheist groups on queer issues and, most importantly for the Mardi Gras, to make atheists as visible in the queer communities as queer people are in atheist communities.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE This year’s Atheist float will commemorate the importance of atheist though with a procession of the new pillars of society that uphold the modern world and are the foundations upon which our social liberation is built.
88. THE WAYSIDE CHAPEL
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Wayside Chapel has provided unconditional love, care and support for people on and around the streets of Kings Cross since 1964. Each year, thousands of people, many of whom are marginalised, homeless and dispossessed, visit Wayside for assistance in gaining equitable access to essential health, welfare, social and recreational services. Many of our visitors include members of the LGBTQI community.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Wayside Chapel has an all-encompassing message about creating community with no ‘us and them’. It is a place of no judgement, and a place that is open and accepting of everyone who visits.
Wayside is a hub for the LGBTQI community, and many of our visitors, staff members and volunteers identify as LGBTQI. People come to Wayside to be in a place where they feel safe and loved, and can be accepted unconditionally for who they are. The Wayside community is nothing short of remarkable in its ability to bring together people from all walks of life in an open, safe and welcoming environment. Our message is loud and clear - humanity only flourishes when we flourish together and we must love and support our brothers and sisters in the LGBTQI community.
At Wayside we are strong because we are united – we are one but we are many. We recognise all different life choices and we encourage people to be themselves. Wayside is ultimately a place of belonging. We’re about community, we’re open-minded, we’re diverse, and we’re proud. We want our community to move forward as one, to gain momentum and reach for the stars.
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90. AUSTRALIAN MARRIAGE EQUALITY
ABOUT THE FLOAT Australian Marriage Equality is an organisation working to ensure all adult Australians can marry.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE As we approach the possibility of a plebiscite and have close to a majority of MPs supporting ME we are closer than ever to achieving this. We want to send a positive message to everyone to let them know we will get there.
92. PAULINI AND RHYTHM BRAZIL
ABOUT THE FLOAT Paulini is one of Canberra’s best’s Drag Queens. She has performed at various events across Australia (both Gay and Straight) and has won many awards for her efforts. Paulini is the ACT representative for DRAGNATION Australia and will be heading to Melbourne in February for the finals and compete against the 7 other state winners.
Rhythm Brazil is Australia’s leading Brazilian performance company and is the official Brazilian ensemble for the Australian Olympic Committee’s “Rio 2016” events and activities. They performed at the official “One Year To Rio” event for the Australian Olympic Team and international Olympic delegates and also featured on Channel 7 Sunrise for the national announcement of the Seven network’s broadcast rights to the Rio 2016 Olympic games. The company also unveiled the official FIFA World Cup 2014 match ball, the Adidas Brazuca, on national television just minutes after the reveal of the ball in Rio and have been at the forefront of all FIFA World Cup activities in Australia.
Paulini and Rhythm Brazil were honoured to be awarded “Best Choreography” for The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2015 and aim to bring an even higher standard in all areas to the parade in 2016.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE In 2016 the eyes of the world will be on Brazil with Rio De Janeiro hosting the Olympic Games. Paulini and Rhythm Brazil will seize this opportunity to highlight and celebrate the diversity and unity that both the Olympic Games and The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras stands for through their “Rio 2016 Birds of Paradise” themed float.
Paulini and Rhythm Brazil will bring the authentic feeling of Rio Carnival to Sydney with live drummers and dancers parading proudly to celebrate diversity, acceptance of homosexuality in sports, dance and the arts and unity amongst all. Amongst our diverse parade performers, we also aim to have a Gay Australian Olympic athlete as a guest in our float this year.
93. AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIAN & PARALYMPIAN'S
ABOUT THE FLOAT The group is made up of Australian Olympian and Paralympians plus those aspiring to qualify for the 2016 Rio Games.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We want to demonstrate to the LGBTIQ community that Australia's best athletes support diversity and inclusiveness. Also, we hope their involvement will give some young athletes strength to deal with their own identity issues. Additionally, with 2016 a Games year in Rio we thought it was another opportunity.
94. SYDNEY CONVICTS
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Sydney Convicts are Australia’s first gay Rugby Union club. Founded in 2004, the Convicts are a group committed to building a competitive, social and diverse club which welcomes players from all levels of playing experience.
The Convicts are active within the LGBTI community and regularly assist organisations such as ACON, promoting health and wellness messages. In 2014 the Club hosted the Bingham Cup, an international rugby tournament in Sydney.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Sydney Convicts are passionate about rugby and proud to be part of the Sydney community. One of the perceived barriers for LGBTI participants in sport is homophobia. Sydney Convicts and Bingham Cup Sydney took action to address homophobia across sports in Australia by working the major sporting codes to develop the Anti-homophobia and inclusion policy to create awareness, change and promote sports environments free of homophobia.
The Bingham Cup was able to gain support from high profile ambassadors from each of the sporting codes across AFL, Rugby Union, Rugby league, Cricket Australia, Football as the policy was developed and adopted.
Additionally a global survey called ""Out on the fields"" which was the first academic study of it's king in to the experience of homophobia in sport was conducted in conjunction with the cup.
95. SYDNEY SILVERBACKS WRESTLING CLUB
ABOUT THE FLOAT The Sydney Silverbacks have been around since 1993 and is the states largest Wrestling club. We stand for the promotion of sport in the GLBTQ community, particularly the promotion of wrestling, and the ideal that sport (and wrestling) should have no barriers to participation and that we are all on the same team and we are there to help each other support each other to perform at our best.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The Sydney Silverbacks present a glam Utopian future where people are united by their love of sport and the confidence and togetherness it brings, everyone becomes their own and each others champion.
96. SYDNEY STINGERS WATER POLO CLUB
ABOUT THE FLOAT Gay Water Polo Team competing in the Sydney Metropolitan competition, and Domestic and International gay-orientated tournaments.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE As a sports club, we understand that go forward with "Momentum" and succeed, we need to have each other's backs. We are celebrating this with the theme "We'll Be Right There", and want our members, friends, family and the community to know that "We'll Be Right There" so they can pursue their goals with confidence.
97. DIFFERENT STROKES DRAGON BOAT CLUB
ABOUT THE FLOAT Different strokes is Australia’s only dragon boat club that identifies itself as gay and lesbian. Our members consist of individuals that are gay or lesbian, alongside their friends, family and supporters. We promote equality and a healthy competitive spirit, whilst keeping the social aspect of the club friendly, involving and fun.
We train three times a week, based in Blackwattle Bay, under the ANZAC Bridge in Pyrmont, Sydney. As a club we have grown in membership; now with a membership base of over 75 people with ages ranging from 21 to 65.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The sport of dragon boating is one of the fastest growing watersports in Australia. The 2015 season will celebrate some of our members competing at interstate level, and we as a team compete at the state and national levels.
Our parade entry this year would like to convey the message that through dragon boating, everyone can become part of a supportive friendly team that motivates, encourages and celebrates a passion for achieving your goal!
98. LIFESAVERS WITH PRIDE
ABOUT THE FLOAT LWP is committed to ensuring that surf lifesaving is seen as a sexually diverse environment where GLBTI individuals are made to feel welcome and included, plus we endeavour to spread the positive word about lifesaving within the GLBTI community.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Surf Lifesaving holds an iconic position in our nation's ethos, just as much as our GLBTI roots. Lifesavers with Pride is proud to advocate on behalf of our GLBTI members within the surf lifesaving community to demonstrate that no matter what your sexuality, lifesaving is for all comers around our big colourful country. Similarly we love to spread the word within the GLBTI community about the healthy, fun and social rewards of lifesaving.
99. BUSH LEMONS LESBIAN BUSHWALKING GROUP
ABOUT THE FLOAT Bush Lemons is a Blue Mountains based Lesbian bushwalking and outdoor group. We are celebrating our 20 year anniversary by participating in the Mardi Gras parade.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We are proud that our Lesbian bushwalking group has been walking for 20 years. We like to encourage women to get out and explore our beautiful country, to challenge and empower themselves, and to make friends along the way.
100. TEAM SYDNEY
ABOUT THE FLOAT Team Sydney Incorporated is a not-for-profit community body staffed by volunteers. It promotes sport, fitness and healthy lifestyles among Sydney’s inclusive community. We help connect and promote over thirty member organisations, representing over 2,000 individual sportspeople.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE The float is the umbrella float for the member sports clubs, stating that our clubs play sport, and they are a great way for the community to come together.
101. SYDNEY AFL WOMEN
ABOUT THE FLOAT Sydney AFL has 17 women's teams from across Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast. We are an inclusive yet competitive community sports league, with a mixture of straight, gay, trans, muslim, catholic, christian participants who all support each other for who they are.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE We are constantly trying to show that inclusion and diversity makes for a better community. That's what our league manages to achieve - the respect for each and everyone's different values makes for a sport where we can play competitively but without fear of harassment. By having all the teams march together under one banner, this further shows the support and camaraderie of the league and that acceptance can be achieved - you just have to believe.
102. MATURE AGE GAYS
ABOUT THE FLOAT MAG SYDNEY INCV, or MAG, or known as Mature Age gas was a project of ACON. Due to financial cuts to ACON from the NSW Govt, Mag is now an autonomous social club. MAG was formed in Sept 1991 and is now an Incorporated Association. We cater for mature gay & bi-sexual men. We share friendships and affection with persons in similar situations, so as to lead a full a life as possible.
THE FLOATS MESSAGE Xandau the movie, has a plot - the Muses visit Earth often to help inspire others to peruse their dreams and desires. We hope having older gay men in the Parade will inspire other older gay & bi-sexual men to enjoy or participation and feel part of our great and diverse community.