2017 sydney mardi gras parade float running order

Our 2017 PARADE sparkled and shimmied down Oxford and Flinders Streets on Saturday 4 March.

Here's all the Parade details - and below, here's the complete list of all the floats you saw on the night, in the order they appeared.

1. Dykes on Bikes, Sydney

We’re Australia’s longest running female-identified motorcycle club, and one of the country's oldest LGBTQI community groups. 

2. Boys on Bikes

Boys on Bikes is a group of gay motorcycle riders and friends who form to ride in the pre-parade!

3. Melbourne Motorcycle Tourers Inc

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 always welcome new members, however, we have just one rule for membership and that is that you must hold a current motorcycle licence or motorcycle learner permit to join the club.

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.

Our members are of all ages from the 20’s to 70’s and have all sorts of bikes including on road and off road. The graph to the right shows the spread on bike brands amongst our members and you can see that we have bikes of almost all brands!

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!

We pride ourselves as being motorcyclists first and gay second. All our members just love to ride and some have been riding for 40+ years while others are just starting out. Our rides are organised to cater for all rider skill levels and we use the rear and lead rider system, similar to that used by other motorcycle groups. So if you’re only just starting out on a bike or if you’ve been riding for many years you’ll enjoy our rides.

Our club also plans an annual ‘holiday’ ride of around 10 days, usually in February or March and in past years, we have been to many diverse destinations such as Tasmania, Flinders Ranges, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kangaroo Island and Mount Kosciuszko.

4. First Nations - CREATING EQUALITY - STEP BY STEP

This float is created and led by First Nations people of diverse gender and sexuality, together with family, friends and supporters. The theme highlights that we are working step by step towards achieving equality in all areas, including health, education and employment, in which First Nations people are still heavily disadvantaged.

Our key messages are:
• equality is needed regardless of race, culture, gender, sexuality, religion or marital status, in all areas of human rights and social justice
• we are working towards equality step by step
• we need others to join with us and work together

The entry is proudly supported by the Aboriginal Project at ACON, NSW’s leading HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health organisation, to facilitate First Nations people’s awareness of and access to ACON’s LGBTQI health promotion work and HIV services. 

5. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 78ers

 This year’s Parade marks the 39th Anniversary of the 1978 march for equality. This is where it all began. They are known as the ‘78ers – the valiant group people who gathered at Taylor Square on a Saturday in June 1978 to march down Oxford street at a time when homosexuality was still a criminal act. Little did they know what they were to create!

6. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras – Equality

The first Mardi Gras produced float titled EQUALITY, features 8 x 2.4 metre high 3-D equality letters on wheels that will span over 20 meters. A cross between a moving sculptural installation, Parade float and giant photographic exhibition each letter features a different participant from the My People I My Tribe Photography project titled #barenakedtruth.  Accompanying the giant letters as they travel up Oxford Street will be 60 participants from the LGBTQI community in Sydney that have participated in the My People My Tribe project. 

7. Holden

Holden’s motorcade features 7 LGBTQI community ambassadors who represent real action on this year’s Mardi Gras theme of Creating Equality. 

8. Heaps Gay - Let Us Dance

Heaps Gay creates safe spaces for LGBT youth and their allies to come together and enjoy music, dance and art in a non-judgemental space. It never takes itself seriously, its always about fun! So our theme and message is "I wanna dance with somebody who loves me."

Heaps Gay is an all inclusive community in Sydney who run events, support LGBT charities and profit a not-for-profit website for young creatives to contribute/write and have their say. This will be our 3rd annual float in the parade.

9. City of Sydney - Say Yes To Love

The theme of City of Sydney’s float is “Say Yes To Love.” Created by designer Genevieve Blanchett, the float features a giant inflatable map of Australia, dancing brides and grooms and disco lights.

Up to 100 staff, family and friends perform a choreographed routine to support the LGBTIQ community and recognise its contribution to the wider Sydney community.

2017 marks the twelfth 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 City’s parade participants, decked out in tutus, top hats, sequins and glitter, will call for marriage equality and dance to a remix by Music Director Jacqui Cunningham aka DJ Cunningpants.

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.

10. Alex Greenwich MP & Lord Mayor Clover Moore - THANK YOU SYDNEY

Clover and Alex represent Sydney in local and state government respectively. Sydney and its residents have been instrumental in "Creating Equality" in Australia and this year they say THANK YOU.

Alex and Clover both have a long history of supporting and advocating for the LGBTI Community with all levels of government.

Clover has been participating in Mardi Gras since 1986, was Independent Member for Sydney for 24 years and is the current Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney, a position she has held for 12 years.

Alex is the Member for Sydney in the NSW Government, championed the LGBTI Cross Party Working group in NSW Parliament. He sits on the Board of Australian Marriage Equality where he continues to work with organisations and politicians across Australia to achieve marriage equality. Clover and Alex are joined each year in the Parade by volunteers and supporters from across Sydney of all ages, genders and sexualities to show their continued support for the LGBTI community. 

11. Ron Muncaster

Ron Muncaster's friends are set to stun the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade with beautiful costumes, and a tribute to Mardi Gras legend John English, who recently passed away.

12. ANZ - #HoldTight - 11 Years On We’re Still Marching

This year as part of our ongoing commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion and respect, and our continuing support of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we have launched #HOLDTIGHT. We’re aiming to highlight what has become a gesture fraught with complexity for many in the LGBTIQ community and turn it into a celebration of love and equality by asking people to ‘hold tight,’ when they feel like letting go. 200 staff, family and friends will march, behind a giant #HoldTight light box, holding each other’s hands dressed in an androgynous fashion combining masculine and feminine characteristics, aligning with our support for gender diversity.

13. Australian Defence Force and DEFGLIS - Defence LGBTI Information Service - Serving with Pride

Defence is proud of its evolving culture and recognises the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce. Defence partners with DEFGLIS at for the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade to recognise the important support that LGBTI Defence families contribute to personnel.

This year, Australian Defence Force members and Australian Public Service personnel will again march in the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade, providing an opportunity for Defence personnel to march with pride for their service and demonstrate their support for LGBTI personnel and their families, and the LGBTI community. 

Defence is an increasingly diverse and inclusive organisation that actively supports its lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) members.

The Australian Defence Force and Department of Defence defend Australia and Australia's national interests. DEFGLIS is a charity that supports and represents LGBTI personnel and their families.

14. Rainbow Babies - Creating equality one baby at a time :)

By creating our families we show the world that we're just the same as them, all love is equal. Marching in parade shows the world that we're fabulous too :) 

We have run playgroups, monthly catchups, Halloween disco, Xmas party, 3 annual camping trips for the last 17yrs. Social support for children of LGBTIQ families. 

15. Australians for Equality

Our key message is to achieve marriage equality via a free vote in parliament through real people telling real stories about real love.

Australians for Equality and Australian Marriage Equality are working together to achieve marriage equality in Australia. We are running a positive campaign about real people and their stories to advocate for a free vote in parliament.

16. Australian Marriage Equality

Australian Marriage Equality together with Australians for Equality, has launched the Equality Campaign - a national campaign to win marriage for all Australians through a parliamentary vote. Given the theme of this year's Mardi Gras Parade is a great time for AME to showcase the strength and diversity of support for marriage equality. Our float will be based around*Equality* and will proudly display our new campaign logo and positive messaging.

The campaign aims make equality and fairness a reality for all Australians. It is about building on the momentum and energy generated across the nation for marriage equality and continuing to campaign for this straightforward change to be achieved in 2017. Marriage is about love and commitment and, in a country based on equal citizenship, it should be available to everyone.

The campaign will continue our work across the nation, bringing supporters together, holding community events and forums to change the hearts and minds of communities across Australia. It also calls on our supporters across all political parties who support marriage equality to work together to find a pathway for a free vote in the parliament.

AME is an advocacy group driven by volunteers who have come together to pursue the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia. AME partners with a diverse range of organisations and supporters across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex LGBTIQ couples from marriage in Australia. It is the pre-eminent group campaigning for same-sex marriage in Australia. 

17. Marriage Equality Gilmore

Marriage Equality Gilmore is an all inclusive group from the Electorate of Gilmore which stretches from Kiama to Moruya on the South Coast of NSW. We continue to work for Equality even though our Federal MP won't listen.

We are parents, children, grandparents, aunties, uncles, work mates, friends, politicians, schools mates, LGBTI and straight all supportingEquality in one of Australia's most glorious regions!

Our Federal MP Ann Sudmalis, needs to listen up... GILMORE SAYS YES TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY! 

18. SBS – Equality, It’s In Our Chemistry

Each year SBS chooses a theme as a part of their Mardi Gras marketing campaign – which then extends onto our parade float. This year we chose ‘chemistry’ as our theme. Love is a universal feeling; love and connection is all about chemistry. As we learn more about love, connection and chemistry, we understand ourselves and our world better.

19. Sydney Stingers Waterpolo - We Are The Future of Equality

Achieving equality isn't just a moral issue; it is something that brings stability to society as a whole. Equality is fundamental to whether and how societies thrive as it fosters an environment were human talent is nourished at all levels –especially within minorities.

The Sydney Stingers provide a platform were the LGBTQI individuals can develop themselves through the practice of water polo. Our club grows larger every year as a result of the empowering sense of belonging that transmits through the enthusiasm of our members.  This year we want to celebrate that dissemination of pride and inclusiveness by looking at the future we want to live in.

We play fair. We stay together. We create equality thorough the practice of competitive sport. By helping and encouraging each other to succeed, we are change. We are the future of equality.

20. Brisbane Tritons Water Polo - Inclusive Water Polo Is For Everyone

Our message is based on our story. Our team is the first LGBTIQ-inclusive in Queensland. With the support of our parent club, the Brisbane Barracudas (who will be joining us in the parade), and the Sydney Stingers and Melbourne Surge, we have built the fastest growing mixed water polo team in Queensland.

We advocate strongly for creating equality in the sport. We have just announced the Australian Water Polo Pride challenge for July 2017, bring together the current 3 LGBTIQ teams.

We have created a strong presence in the Queensland sporting community, and have begun creating channels to further open up equality in the sport and removing homophobia.

The Brisbane Tritons are a joint initiative of the Brisbane Barracudas, Sydney Stingers, and Melbourne Surge. The club was formed in February 2016 and has since grown to over 70 members with 4 teams competing in the Brisbane summer water polo competition. Our teams consist people who identify with a mix of sexual orientations and genders.

21. ACON

New South Wales’ LGBTQI health organisation ACON is raising awareness of the three ways gay men can now choose to practice safe sex: with condoms, by using HIV prevention drug PrEP or, if they’re HIV positive, by having an undetectable viral load (UVL) by being on treatment. 

There’s no longer a one size fits all approach to safe sex. We can now choose from a range of strategies – condoms, PrEP or UVL – to maximise sexual pleasure while protecting ourselves and our partners from HIV.

22. Retro Equality - Pinups For Equality

Retro Equality is a community group that started as an art project. A series of pinup photoshoots supporting same sex couples to promote gay rights and marriage equality. We are now a Facebook community spanning over all of Australia and some international cities. the pinup style and community is always growing and has a large number of LGBTQ members so we want to show our support from another minority. 

23. MAG SYDNEY INC - MAG is now 25 years YOUNG

The Mature Ages Gays group celebrated its 25th year of service to elderly gay & bi-sexual men in September 2016.  There have been many, many guys in our group over those years. Our message is that despite being elderly you can enjoy life and be proud of being gay. When many of our members lived in the dark times, when gays and lesbians were persecuted. 

24. People with Disability Australia - Disability Diversity & Equality

People with Disability Australia Incorporated  is a national disability rights and advocacy organisation. Our primary membership is made up of people with disability and organisations primarily constituted by people with disability. We also have a large associate membership of other individuals and organisations committed to the disability rights movement.

We want to highlight that Disability Pride and LGBTIAQ Pride are one in the same. We are all proud of who we are regardless of sexuality and or disability, race, gender, etc. Disability is part of everyday life as are people who identify as LGBTIAQ and it’s important that people with disability are seen as part of the Mardi Gras festival hence the theme colour of our float this time which will be high vis orange. Everyone should be equally visible.

Founded in 1981, the International Year of Disabled Persons, People with Disability Australia seeks to provide people with disability with a voice of our own. We have a cross-disability focus representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability. We are a non-profit, non-government organisation. 

25. DIY Rainbow - Freedom! The Float! A Tribute to George Michael

DIY Rainbow has over 65,000 followers on Facebook and we have put on floats for the last 3 years. Chalking rainbows for equality, DIY Rainbow has mainly focused on the fight for marriage equality over the last 18 months.

26. Gay Tradies

We’re a group of gay trades and their friends and supporters, proving there are gay people everywhere, including trades and services. 

27. Australian Sex Party - Building Equality

Our theme of 'Building Equality' represents the work tireless done by individuals, community groups, organisations and lobbyists to build a better future for the LGBTIQ+ community. It is the culmination of these actions that act as the 'bricks and mortar' which enable the creation of more inclusive policies and practices.

The LGBTIQ community has consistency paved the for the most important reforms in Australia. From the march of the 78'ers, to the successful lobbying to amend 85 Commonwealth laws to eliminate discrimination against same-sex couples and their children.

Many obstacles still remain on the path to equality but by working together, one brick at a time, together we can build a more positive future for the community.

The Australian Sex Party is a civil libertarian political party established in 2009. The party campaigns for the rights and freedoms of all adults with a focus on the LGBTIQ+ community. From the very first election we contested, the Sex Party has not only supported the LGBTIQ community through our policy platforms, but we have also consistently put forward candidates who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, HIV-positive and transgender in both state and federal elections across Australia.

28. NSW Police Force GLLOs - Equal by Law

This year we are teaming up with Wear it Purple to show NSW Police Force support for young LGBTIQ people to be proud of who they are. Whilst our entries are distinct, we are incorporating the Wear it Purple group into our configuration to demonstrate police 'supporting' young LGBTIQ people 'dancing in the streets', proudly expressing themselves.

We are Police Officers who are GLLO (LGBTI Liaison) trained and/or LGBTI identified or an ally of LGBTI; includes some public servants who work for the NSW Police Force.

29. Wear it Purple

Wear it Purple is a youth run organisation that aims to empower young people to be proud of who they are. We’re ollaborating with the NSW Police to show inclusion and willingness to work with the community.

30. Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW - Constructing Equality

Moving beyond the popular theme of marriage equality, our entry will explore how what building equality in more marginalised identities means.

Twenty10 incorporating GLCS NSW is a Sydney based non-profit organisation working with people across Sydney and New South Wales who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and gender diverse, non-binary, intersex, questioning, queer, asexual and more (LGBTIQA+) people and others of diverse genders and sexualities, their families and communities.

We provide a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support. For adults we provide social support and for people of all ages we offer telephone support and web chat as the NSW provider for the national Qlife project. We also offer inclusivity training and consulting for organisations and service providers across most sectors.

31. QLife - Talk It Out

Creating equality is often about lots of small interactions, conversations and actions which can be exhausting and isolating at times. Not being equal means that LGBTI Australians have markedly high rates of anxiety, depression and isolation. At QLife we know that talking helps. QLife is Australia's nation-wide counselling and referral service for LGBTI people.

QLife - for free and anonymous LGBTI phone and web counselling and referral, for people of all ages, wherever you live. Open 3pm to midnight everyday on 1800 184 527 or qlife.org.au. QLife is staffed by LGBTI staff and volunteers

32. Social Justice In Early Childhood Education - Brave Early Childhood Education That Challenges Bias

We are an early childhood education community group that wants children to grow up to be proud of who they are. We want children to be educated to recognise and challenge bias in all its forms so that and join together to make this world a loving, respectful and fair space.

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 Social Justice In Early Childhood group hosts an annual conference titled “Throwing the baby out with the bathwater”, as well as other affordable professional development opportunities. Our activist work includes a range of political campaigns. Lobbying across political parties is central to the group’s success. www.sjiec.org 

33. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir - Acceptances, Voices, 'Framily'

 The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir (SGLC) has been a community, for 25 years, that allows you to express who you are on the inside and out. Everyone is equal and we celebrate the differences each member of the choir, and our supporters, bring to our organisation. This year our message is ‘Acceptance, Voices&Framily’. This is a core essence of what we believe drives and embraces equality. Every single voice is unique and deserves to be heard equally and fairly and it is this celebration of our differences that makes our community strong. With this strength comes the ability to accept those different from us with open arms, without fear or prejudice and with a knowledge that diversity makes us stronger. Finally, Framily is a term that has taken a significant stronghold amongst many within our choir, our social circles and the wider LGBTIQ community. And while many still face racism, homophobia, sexual discrimination, xenophobia, it is this principle that good friends are the family that we can choose for ourselves that allows us to draw strength from those around us.

SGLC is so overjoyed to celebrate equality amongst all communities at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras this year. 

34. Australian Federal Police: Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers

The AFP and its Gay and Lesbian Liaison Officer (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 committed to showcasing the diversity in our agency, and supporting its LGBTI members and families.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is Australia’s primary 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 supports and encourages diversity within the organisation and seeks opportunities to enhance its interactions with the LGBTI Community. In fulfilling this purpose, the AFP has established a GLLO Network to provide support to its LGBTI employees and their families, and to provide advice and support mechanism for the wider Australian LGBTI community on policing matters.

35. Balloon Artists & Suppliers Association (BASA) - Right to Marriage Equality

We are the people who make up the balloon Industry in Australia. We will be supporting the LGBT community's right to Same Sex Marriage. It is going to be a message of love for one another and the right to love who you want.

36. Rainbow Families - Love Makes a Family

In September 2016 Eddy, a young 13 year old boy and his two mums travelled to Canberra. They were part of a group of children and parents from Rainbow Families, bringing a simple message “love makes a family". And during that day many children spoke to many politicians. When Eddy met with Deputy Opposition Leader Tanya Plibersek and asked, “Why should people who barely know us make an assumption about our families?” This question became the focus of question time that afternoon, and was reported widely in the media.

Rainbow Families is the incorporated NSW peak organisation supporting LGBTI parents and families. Our work includes education, social events and support, information and advocacy.  With a is to build a community which fosters resiliency by connecting, supporting and empowering LGBTI families.

37. Rainbow Families - Playgroups & Regional Groups - Imagine Equality

This float is about celebrating the simple wonderful space of childhood and imaging what it would be like for the families of LGBTIQ individuals and couples to have full equality. All children and families have dreams, and all children and families hope for and deserve equality. 

Sydney Rainbow Playgroup provides a supported playgroup for LGBTI parents and children 0 - 5 years every Thursday morning in Erskineville. Between 6 - 15 parent attend each week. There are also Playgroups on the Central Coast, and Curran's Hill ( Sydney South West) and family gatherings in Blue Mountains, Illawarra, Tathra, the Hills, and Dubbo.

Playgroups provide an opportunity for children to play together and parents to get support. For isolated LGBTI parents it is a safe place for their family. These playgroups are supported by umbrella organisation Rainbow Families. Rainbow Families aims is to build a community which fosters resiliency by connecting, supporting and empowering LGBTQI families. 

38. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) - LGBTI Network - Diversity, Equality, Inclusion

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade march to promote diversity, inclusivity and equality at workplace and supporting its LGBTI members and families.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is the lead agency managing Australia’s international presence. We manage a network of 100 overseas posts in five continents and have 6,264 staff located in Canberra, state and territory offices and overseas posts. An additional 2,428 are employed overseas as locally engaged staff.

The department’s purpose is to make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and contributing to global stability and economic growth, specifically in the Indo–Pacific region.

The department provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the Government. We work with other government agencies to ensure that Australia’s pursuit of its global, regional and bilateral interests is coordinated effectively.

DFAT has established the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Intersex Network as an all-inclusive network that provide support to its LGBTI and ally members domestically and overseas.

39. AIRBNB – #weaccept

With over  70% of the population supporting LGBTQI rights, acceptance feels closer than ever! This year Airbnb marches hopeful of realizing an Australia where everyone can truly be accepted.  It starts with us #weaccept.

The Pride flag is a global symbol of acceptance and belonging. This Mardi Gras, we are shining a rainbow brightly over our float to signify our commitment to equality. We will also light up our Airbnb house which has been a beacon of belonging over the last 3 Mardi Gras parades.

40. Kirby Instiitute - The Super Heros of Health fighting for health as a human right

The Kirby Institute has fought hard for 30 years to raise awareness and find solutions to health issues that impact on the LGBTQI community. As an organisation we have stood against ignorance and have fought for equal rights to health outcomes and treatment for disadvantaged groups and continue to advocate and raise awareness of and research into important health issues. We use science as a weapon to break down social and political barriers to finding cures and better treatments.

41. Zenith Virago & Friends - Byron & Beyond

We want to stand up and celebrate our own fabulousness as people, to lobby for Marriage Equality as abasic Human right, and we want to inspire and support young LGBTIQ people to know there are people out there for them.

I am a 60-year-old dyke, a social activist for LGBTIQ & Women's causes. A founding member of the North Coast Tropical Fruits. Also the main Marriage & Death Celebrant in Byron for the past 25 years.  We will be a mixed group of LGBTIQ people mostly from Byron, celebrating our diversity, including dykes, queens, radical faeries, trans people, all known to us.

42. The Force of Love

We weren't impressed when Bill Leak thought it 'funny' to portray advocates for marriage equality as the Waffen-SS, a paramilitary arm of the Nazi Party. He took our advocacy for equality, our pride flag and our love, then turned it into bigotry and hate dressed up as 'satire'. Well, we have a plan to turn that negativity into love! We will march down Oxford St, continuing to advocate for love, acceptance and equality. We will take that imagery and make it our own! No goosesteps, no weapons - just some dance moves & some cheeky props! We will camp it up, lampoon this cartoon and show that we are a fun & fiercely fabulous force to reckon with! Join us as we show Wicked Leak that love will conquer all!

I am an individual who has originally thought up this idea and now have a small group of friends who are committed to this plan. We will be inviting all our friends and the general community to take part in the marching group.

43. Freedom Angels

A group of Thai transgender people who want to express ourselves and want to support the Sydney GLBTQI group, wear beautiful costumes and be part of Sydney Mardi Gras!

44. Sweeties by the Sea from Little Conwong - Acceptance and Inclusion for All

Sweeties by the Sea from Little Conwong has been participating in the Mardi Gras for 29 years. We celebrate inclusion and tolerance for all.

We are all about everyone being celebrated, appreciated and included regardless of their religious beliefs, gender preferences, sexuality,  family of origin, race, creed or any other definition that is used to marginalise people.

45. SYDNEY QUEER IRISH - IRELAND AND AUSTRALIA: REFLECTIONS OF EACH OTHER

Although we may be geographically very different, and very far away from each other, Ireland and Australia share more similarities than we do differences, including our passion for CREATING EQUALITY. We are reflections of each other, on a mirror ball globe we reflect our similar values back to each other, including our countries love of music, dance, story telling, culture, LGBTQI rights, human rights, social justice and equality for the world. Ireland and Australia's rich cultures share so many of the same values, and our float will reflect a beautiful synergy of both, to show Australia, Ireland and the world that we are all one.

The Sydney Queer Irish are a community organisation comprising of first, second and third generation LGBTQI Irish Australians, their partners, families and friends. Anyone is welcome to join the group and we host various social events during the year, with our entry into the parade being out largest event. 

46. Cafe Stepping Stone – Equality Warriors

It doesn't matter where you were born or what instance you’re living in, everyone deserves equal opportunity within the work force and life. Both founding member of cafe stepping stone are apart of the LGBTQ+ community and love how everybody comes together to fight for equality and that's what they would like to embrace with our portion of the parade.

Vanessa and Tom are the creators of a social enterprise that will be opening up in Colombia in mid-2017. Their plan is to open up a cafe where they will take disadvantaged youth/people from the area of Cartagena and help them gain skills in hospitality and English. This group that we are entering as are all people involved in our efforts and supporters of our mission. 

47. Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council & Departure Lounge - Territory Stars featuring the Tiwi Islands SistaGals

All of the stars in the sky are unique and special, just like the members of or NT LGBTQI community. We feel it is important that people from rural and remote Australia are represented in the parade, and are thrilled that for the first time ever, the SistaGALS, a group of indigenous transgender people from the Tiwi Islands, will be joining the Parade leading our float.

The Northern Territory AIDS and Hepatitis Council (NTAHC) and Departure Lounge present 'Territory Stars', a showcase of the unique LGBTQI Community in the Northern Territory and their supporters. With special guests, the SistaGALS from the Tiwi Islands.

48. Womens AFL - Marching as One

We're a group of women who play AFL. We come from all states and territories and march as one. We all support each other - whether gay or straight, Christian or Muslim, elite athletes or weekend warriors. There is no place for discrimination in sport. There is no place for discrimination in life. 

49. The Gender Centre Inc - We are Family

The parent's group, facilitated by the Gender Centre, is a group of proud and supportive parents of gender diverse youth. The message for the float/walking group is one of love , family support and unity: as these values provide a space for our youth to feel safe being who they truly are. This is a crucial factor in developing positive mental health in the future.

The group is a walking group of parents and family members supporting their transgender youth all of which attend the Gender Centre's parents support groups, participants attending will comprise of our metro parents group, our Woloongong parents group our Dubbo group and our Katoomba group, theses support groups were started to assist and support parents and care givers who have transgender children to remain connected with their child and to support them as they address the complex issues of gender.

The Gender Centre has been developing and providing front line services specifically to the transgender, gender diverse and gender questioning community since 1984.

50. Ozfurs - Fur and Crossed Bones

The Ozfurs are a community of LQBTGI people and friends who have a shared love for anthropomorphic animal characters of their own making. They express themselves through costuming and artwork.

‘Wolves of the Sea’ is a song by Aelstorm which was our inspiration for this year's Pirate themed float. Many in our community have explored this theme in their artwork and costumes so it is a great opportunity to showcase them. 

51. Point Clare Families - Equality Begins With Community - Friends Like These

Equality is created when common-ground is found. When people become friends and enjoy commonalities, differences can be explored and accepted thus equality is created.

The Moes family is just a family like any other and it is through the friendships formed whilst engaging in community institutions that we provide and experience education and equality.

Whilst programs such as 'safe schools' are important in creating social change and safe spaces for members of the LGBTIQ community, we believe that our family being out, open and 'mainstream' is just as important in educating and creating safe spaces.

We have experienced this many times in the 19yrs my wife and I have been together. We regularly see people change their views on the LGBTIQ community because of their interaction with us. We have experienced 'Friendship creating equality'

We love that our friends want to celebrate our family and our favourite time of the year with us. We want to celebrate our friendship and share with them the most special night on the Moes calendar.

The biggest motivation for the whole group focuses on our primary school aged children and broadening their world views (sometimes difficult on the Central Coast). My wife and two children have been part of the parade for 18 yrs. Our girls now 8 & 10 were weeks old for their first parades. ('Workers out' and 'Teachers Federation' floats). Our girls attend Point Clare P.S. on the Central Coast. The past few years, our friends (mostly families at PCPS) have been jealous of our Mardi Gras pics/excitement. A few have approached us to join in. Why not? We are a rainbow family who live a totally awesome life mostly disconnected from the rainbow community. The families of PCPS accept our family like any other (and it seems we are the only gays in the village). We have experienced that equality is best found through friendship. 

52. The Fitness Fairies - The Love Trolls

Trolls the movie tells a tail of a minority forced out of their home by a bigger stronger majority in the misguided belief that their lives would become happier. Inspired by the movie Trolls, the fitness fairies, believe that everyone has the right to love and be loved equally despite the opinion and agendas of the powerful. The Love Trolls send a message of equality, happiness and acceptance through colour and song.

The Fitness Fairies are a community group of all sorts of fitness members made up of both LGBTQIs and Non LGBTQIs promoting fitness in the LGBTQI community regardless of age, race, size, body type or fitness level.

53. Lifesavers with Pride - Kiss of Life

Lifesavers with Pride are an advocacy group within surf lifesaving.  Our role is to be the link between the LGBTQ community and the lifesaving community.  We represent our LGBTQ members, by promoting lifesaving as a diverse, welcoming and progressive organisation that supports people of all sexualities.

Surf Life Savers represent all Australians, no matter what their age, ethnicity, sex or sexuality. Lifesaving is a progressive and inclusive organisation that welcomes all LGBTQ members into its large family. There's never been a better time to join lifesaving as a fit and healthy Aussie, where you can be part of an iconic tradition, provide a great community service, meet really fun and like-minded people, and learn life saving skills.  So head on down to the beach no matter what your sexuality, and say hi to our Aussie lifesavers where we'll be happy to provide demonstrations on the Kiss of Life - all in the name of lifesaving of course. 

54. QANTAS - Rainbow Roo

The is the third year our national airline has participated in the Mardi Gras Parade – and this year the Rainbow Roo has evolved into Qantas business class!

Qantas are celebrating the bringing together of people through travel in this year’s Qantas pyjama party, with special guest Aria award winner Troye Sivan. 

55. PFLAG NSW

PFLAG (Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) strongly supports the equal human rights of LGBTIQ people. We are here to advocate for our LGBTIQ friends and family members, and to raise awareness of those areas of discrimination which still exist, educate and promote understanding. We advocate at all levels in the community, including members of parliament.

PFLAG provides support to parents and families of people who are LGBTIQ, education to the community to inform and raise awareness, and advocates for the equal human rights of our LGBTIQ friends and loved ones. We work to end discrimination.

56. PFLAG Capital Region and just.equal - Working Towards a Just and Equal Australia

PFLAG Capital Region has made great progress in the ACT that will improve the lives of LGBTIQ Canberrans, but there is more work to be done. We continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our LGBTIQ family, friends and colleagues in the pursuit of equal dignity. We'll continue to help families realise the joy of having an LGBTIQ family member, when all they need is love.

just.equal was established in 2016. We are already 70,000 Australians strong and have contributed to LGBTI rights campaigns across the country and, with PFLAG Australia and Rainbow Families, we played a pivotal role in stopping the plebiscite. We're helping to build champions across the community, empowering every day Australians to support their LGBTI friends, family and colleagues. We're more powerful together.

57. Marriage Celebrants - Celebrants for Marriage Equality -- Working Together to Make a Change

This group will again represent Celebrants and friends who are in strong support of Marriage Equality.  This support is NOT because it will mean more income, but rather the ability to have all loving couples have a legal marriage ceremony.  We have only been able to offer Life Commitment Ceremonies and are offering Marriage Ceremonies for free to those who have made a commitment through such ceremony.  Our message will try to again say that legalisation means equality!

Most of my group are Authorised Marriage Celebrants who feel strongly that Equality for everyone in Marriage HAS to be legalised in Australia.  I organised a group to be in the 2016 Mardi Gras and they want to support me again in the 2017 Parade.  Many of our colleagues are also from the Gay Community and while they have the wonderful experience of solemnizing marriages for others, they are themselves denied being able to marry their partners.  As a way of showing support I presently offer a statement at the end of my weddings (also with my couples' support) which is: "Bride & Groom would like me to assure you, that in their view marriage is truly between two adults who love each other and make such a commitment regardless of gender. It is with hope that, some time in the future, all couples will have the privilege of being presented with a Certificate of Marriage, just as I give this to them today.

With those words in mind I have pleasure in presenting our newlyweds with their Certificate of Marriage and a Keepsake copy of the ceremony. All of us believe in these words.

58. GAMMA NSW Inc - Self-Discovery, Acceptance, Authenticity, Integrity

GAMMA NSW Inc (GAMMA) is a support group for men who have been in long term heterosexual relationships and are coming to terms with their same sex attraction. The organisation has existed for around 30 years and is the only support group of its type in Australia. We offer peer support in the form of meetings twice per month and a 24-hour support phone service. Meetings consist of facilitated open discussion - often enhanced by a guest speaker on relevant topics, such as family law, sexual health, and mental health. 

For many years, we have had four key words on our website and our printed material.  These are the foundation of GAMMA’s principles and help our men focus on the changes to their lives: Self-Discovery, Acceptance, Authenticity, Integrity. They represent who we are and how we live our lives.

The primary issues these men face are self-acceptance and acceptance by friends and family. GAMMA provides support for this and the many other issues including: depression, guilt, family estrangement and abandonment, financial problems, and sexual health education.

This year will be our first entry in the Mardi Gras Parade and we thought it was about time we were more visible to all our communities to help facilitate discussion on the various issues faced by the men of GAMMA.

For men who are coming out later in life and have a wife and children, it is typically a lengthy and difficult process. It takes time and considerable courage to deal with all the lifestyle changes involved. The typical GAMMA member has been married for twenty years or more and has reached a point where he cannot continue his life as it was. He has begun to face the reality of his attraction to members of the same sex - regardless of the consequences.

By the time they have begun the process of coming out, most men feel terribly alone and GAMMA offers a true peer group of men with similar issues. The experience of knowing you are not alone, and that there are others going through a similar experience provides a much-needed source of stability and the feeling of being normal. Many say it feels very therapeutic simply being in the same room as others going through a similar experience. The support group experience alone is incredibly powerful and helps the men begin the process of accepting themselves.

The support meetings are facilitated to create a safe, non-judgemental environment where we encourage honesty and authenticity. We start each meeting with a contract or agreement covering safety, security, respect and privacy, which we all agree to follow. Whilst we primarily provide support, we also run social events for the members that help them meet others in a more relaxed setting and expand their links to the LGBTQI community.

59. NSW Rural Fire Service - NSW RFS Volunteers From All Walks Of Life 

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.

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' 74,500 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.

60. Fire & Rescue NSW - Supporting LGBTQI community

Fire & Rescue NSW is the largest Urban Fire Service in the Southern Hemisphere catering to a varied community. An Equal Opportunity Employer which welcomes diversity within our organisation. 

61. Oceania Rainbow Network - Connected by the Ocean, Strengthened by our Diversity

We just want to increase our visibility in the community as Pacific People who are proud of identities. We want to showcase our pride in our culture and our heritage. We want the Oceania Rainbow Network to be seen so that our Pacific Island brothers and sisters know that we are here and know that there is somewhere for them to go.

Our message is simple. We are people from across the Pacific, connected by the ocean. We draw strength in our diversity and pride in our heritage.

We are a Pacific Island led LGBTIQ Organisation based here in Sydney. Our mission is to create safe spaces and support networks for young Pacific Islander LGBTIQ here in Sydney. We just launched our newly restructured organisation in December 2016 and would like to use the parade as an opportunity to increase our visibility and also bring together the people within our networks - celebrating who we are, where we come from and what we are trying to achieve.

62. The Greens - Ring It In For Marriage Equality

We’re calling on the Federal Government to allow a free vote so we can finally have equal marriage rights for all couples.  The Greens have always supported the LGBTQI community and we always will. 

63. Dr Mark's Marching Academy - Be Your Own Hero!

A lot of our attention and energy from our community goes into gaining recognition and validation from others that sometimes we forget that equality starts from within. Our community is forged on values of tolerance, diversity, inclusion and respect and we are all capable of amazing things when we believe in these. This float is to show that when we truly believe in equality, we don't have to rely on others; we can all be our own heroes.

We are quintessentially an LGBTIQ community group who come together to march in parade and highlight issues facing us. We like to make sure all voices within our group are heard, and we represent a broad array of community concerns and issues. As a volunteer group, we are completely dependent on the time and energy of our participants to bring our float to life.

64. Transport for NSW - Celebrating Diversity of Customers and Staff

Transport for NSW is an inclusive workplace where we continuously work toward reflecting the customers that we serve. Transport for NSW provides Rail, Bus, Light Rail and Ferry services to customers both in metropolitan and regional New South Wales.

65. TABOO - CAN YOU BE TEMPTED...

In 2015 we showed our softer side with a massive rainbow covered in butterflies. in 2017 we wish to show that we have grown. Taboo invites you to witness "TEMPTATION...can you be tempted." Sometimes it’s not easy to put yourself OUT there, we want to show the world that with a little courage and some great friends we can all show a side of ourselves that we only sometimes dare to share.

Taboo is a once a month drag show based in IPSWICH at the NORTH IPSWICH BOWLS CLUB.  We have been running consistantly for over 6 years and we absolutely love what we do and represent. We are an outlet for many drag performers who wish to showcase there talents for a diverse crowd who love and appreciate us.

66. The Nurses Float

Nurses around Australia look after LGBTQI patients every day. We want to show the world that no matter who you are, where you come from and who you love, you will always be cared for with compassion and quality of care. We want others to know that we are proud to be caring for our LGBTQI community in times of poor health.

67. MEDIBANK - Making it #BetterwithaKiss

Whether it’s a smooch, a peck, or a pash, a kiss is a precious thing. Delivered by a friend, a parent or a lover, a kiss tells you that you’re special, loved and valued. A kiss doesn’t care who you are. Every kiss is equal. And, whether it’s the end of a long day, or the height of a happy celebration, a kiss makes everything better.

Medibank is proud to be a partner of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. This year we’re launching #BetterwithaKiss to celebrate the simple, powerful act of sharing a kiss. 

68. NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association - Health Equality for all 24/7

Nurses and Midwives have a history of advocating for LGBTQI people with many Nurses standing up and fighting for equality during the HIV epidemic and advocating for progressive public health policies.  Our Nurses work holistically across the whole system working in a range of areas from mental health, sexual health and maternity.

Everyday Nurses and Midwives continually provide 24/7 care equally regardless of sex, gender, religion, race or sexuality. We want to ensure that equal access to health for LGBTQI individuals is ensured and expanded with smart health initiatives such as PREP becoming the norm.

The core values of the NSWNMA are Integrity, Courage, Innovation and Advocacy and we want to continue to fight and advocate for LGBTQI people broadly and within health. We are currently a stakeholder within the equality campaign with our membership voting to support this at our Annual Conference 2016.

With a high number of LGBTQI members within the professions of nursing and midwifery we also want offer the ability for these members to be celebrated and be able to march as their profession.

To gain health equality we need advocate and fight for equality in the society that we live in. 

69. Australian Human Rights Commission - Free & Equal

The phrase ‘Free & Equal’ is based on article 1 of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights’. This includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse and intersex (LGBTI) people.

UN Free & Equal is a United Nations global public education campaign for LGBTI) equality.  A project of the United Nations Human Rights Office, UN Free & Equal raises awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and promotes greater respect for the rights of LGBTI people everywhere.  The campaign has engaged millions of people around the world in conversations to help promote the fair treatment of LGBTI people and generate support for measures to protect their rights.

The Free & Equal Campaign aligns with the Australian Human Rights Commission’s commitment to respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of LGBTI people in Australia. The Commission receives and conciliates complaints of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex status. The Commission also engages in strategic and systemic advocacy to protect and promote the rights of LGBTI Australians.

As we begin 2017, LGBTI Australians continue to encounter significant barriers to freedom and equality; including in the areas of marriage, identification documentation and healthcare and medical treatment.

Building on this year’s Mardi Gras theme, ‘Creating Equality’, the Commission’s message, ‘Free & Equal’ reminds us that LGBTI people are born ‘free and equal’ in dignity and rights and must be treated that way.

70. University of New South Wales - Don't Rain on my Anzac Parade

UNSW is situated on Anzac parade, which is where the parade eventually merges to in the later stages. The title is in reference to to the Barbra Streisand gay anthem, where she sings about embracing one's truth despite being told not to.

We hope to portray this through choreography and props showing each of our participants as embracing themselves within their chosen academic paths.

UNSW is one of the leading universities in the country, with a student body exceeding 50,000 students. In 2016, in collaboration with the UNSW Queer Collective, the administration was proud to unveil a rainbow staircase embracing LGBTQI staff and students.

In 2017, UNSW wants to be at the forefront of pride, a beacon of acceptance and inclusivity for young people all over Australia; we hope to begin the year by marching along the legendary Parade. 

71. Greenpeace Australia Pacific Limited - Rainbow Warrior Returns

Greenpeace is a not-for-profit organisation heavily focused on social equity and environmental issues, strictly non violent direct actions to create extra awareness. Greenpeace Australia has a massive amount of Queer Employees, Volunteers and Supporters. We will be a person-powered walking boat float with sea creature costumes!

72. Comparsa Urumbe

Comparsa Urumbe is very diverse ,and we believe that we are all united through music and dance, and that this can break the barriers that may exist. Our message is Unity and Equality.

We are a non-profit dance and drumming group,that represents the Afro-Uruguayan Culture,however in the last 5 years our group has expanded to a Multi-cultural group. Joining this group is the Latin American LGBTQI community.

73. Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) - Australia's Financial Regulators Celebrate Diversity

APRA and the RBA are committed to establishing inclusive workplace practices that harness the full potential of our diverse workforces. Consistent with this message, we wish to support the LGBTQI community and celebrate diversity more broadly through participation in the Mardi Gras Parade. RBA, APRA and ASIC strongly promote inclusive workplace practices and support the LGBTIQ community more broadly to harness the potential of a diverse workforce. We want to send a message that together we strongly support diversity and equality within our workplaces and within the community more broadly.

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is Australia's central bank, responsible for monetary policy, issuing Australia's banknotes and ensuring a stable financial system. The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is Australia's regulator/supervisor of banks and other financial institutions. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) is Australia's corporate, markets and financial services regulator.

74. Sydney Convicts - Come Play

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. This year we will be pushing the message that everyone is welcome, regardless of who you are!

75. Flourish Australia - Freedom to Flourish

Flourish Australia enables full participation within a diverse and inclusive community. 'Freedom to Flourish’ focuses on the importance of supporting people to identify their own mental health and wellbeing goals.

 By participating in the SGLMG Parade, it further demonstrates that we are committed to and understand the mental health and wellbeing needs of those in the LGBTQI community.

Everyone has the right and the Freedom to Flourish in their own way. Flourish Australia supports people on their mental health recovery journey and helps to reconnect with the community to live a contributing life.

Our major services include supporting people to find a safe and secure home, social connection and working with people to find a job.

Diversity is one of our organisational values. Flourish Australia is committed to celebrating diversity and promoting inclusion.

People who identify as LGBTQI report a high prevalence of experiencing mental health issues and our diversity program recognises the important contribution people from diverse backgrounds make to the organisation and local communities. In 2014 we engaged Practical Visionaries to assist us to develop our diversity program including resources to increase our knowledge and skills in relation to four priority populations – people with a disability, people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse communities and people who identify as LGBTQI. With our services supporting well over 4000 people each year we truly understand the importance of equality and this is reflected throughout all of our sites and services.

76. Positive Life NSW - 100% Positive 

As part of the Positive Life NSW’s message to promote a positive image of people living with HIV and aim to eliminate prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination, we will be walking under a theme of “100% Positive”.
 
This theme relates to our unique position and support for 100% of people with HIV,
·         on treatment,
·         engaged in pro-active personal health care,
·         celebrating the wins around reducing HIV transmission, and
·         committed to ending HIV in NSW.

Positive Life NSW is a non-profit peer-based organisation working to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigma and discrimination. 

77. HOT KANDI - ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOT KANDI'S MYTHICAL FANTASY WONDERLAND...

Once upon a time, in a magical wood, mythical creatures danced and sang together. It was a wonderful place where every fairy, queen, unicorn, centaur, elve and dreamer was free to find their happily ever after. Hot Kandi's Mythical Fantasy Wonderland - A place in the woodlands where all creatures are created equally no matter who you are we are all the same.

Storybook, happily ever after where we bring marriage, love and togetherness. There's something in dreamers, dreaming, I have a dream, dreams come true that's an optimistic desire for equality.

Hot Kandi was first established in July 2009 and is a themed party where we bring people from the Gay community and straight and we party together as one. Its an event where people can feel safe and mingle with each other whilst having an amazing time with performances and DJs and a different experience out of the regular club scene.

78. Keep Sydney Open - Keep Sydney Open: Keep Sydney Queer

Our group isn't sexual orientation specific, however I myself am a gay man and many of our supporters are queer, so our participation comes from a broad and inclusive place.

The message is to highlight the ongoing struggles faced by Sydney's nightlife. We do this by being fun, positive, creative and showing off night culture that is the best version of itself. Our rallies I believe were successful at achieving this, and I believe the MG parade is all about this too.

The gay community has been caught in the crossfire of the sensationalised debate surrounding straight male on straight male violence. Darlinghurst has been compromised as a LGBTQI precinct and so too have safe spaces for the queer community. I hope KSO's presence at the parade highlights this.

We are a not-for-profit group set up to fight Sydney's lockouts and support the city's night time economy. Our activities naturally include fighting for LGBTQI spaces as many of these are contained within the lockout zone.

79. LGBTQI+ Youth - We're Queer To Stay

 A group of LGBTQI+ Youths and allies who are marching in the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade to represent those who are struggling to express their identity in a society which labels their sexuality as “a phase”.

80. The University of Sydney - Roar with Pride

This theme was chosen by our Ally network which is made up of LGBTIQA students , staff and our allies. Our theme will be for our entire MG season next year including Fair Day and other events.

81. Team Sydney Sports

Team Sydney exists to assist member clubs grow and be succesful in promoting sport in the community. 

82. Aftercare - Mental Illness doesn't discriminate. Neither do we.

Australia's longest provider of mental health services, Aftercare is an all-inclusive LGBTIQ ATSI and CALD secular organsiation. We actively promote, encourage and support diversity and inclusion in our workplace and with our clients.

83. Crave Metropolitan Community Church (Crave MCC) - Create!

Our message as an organisation is that everyone, no matter their sexual identity, gender identity, or tradition is welcome and loved by God. No one is excluded, and everyone deserves to be and feel loved. Crave MCC aspires to create spaces where everyone in the community can engage in a way that is relevant to them, and builds the community up as a whole.

We are not interested in 'Evangelising' to the LGBTIQ community. This is not our intention, or aim. Our aim is merely to be an affirming Christian presence and to represent what our interpretation of the indiscriminate love of God.

In step with the main theme of Mardi Gras 2017 'Creating Equality', Crave MCC will be using a theme of "Creating...". Participants will be provided with signs and will add what they wish to create within their communities in 2017. (E.g. "Creating... Equality", "Creating... Peace", "Creating... Love", "Creating... Friendships"). This approach will allow our community to deliver the message of Crave, whilst being able to have some ownership over the float. All signs will be inspected prior to the parade to screen for appropriate content.

Crave MCC is a church that is part of the United Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches founded in 1968, and currently pastored by Rev Karl Hand. Crave MCC and UFMCC as a whole are dedicated to the providing a safe and inclusive space for LGBTIQ people to engage in faith, particularly within the Christian tradition.

UFMCC as a denomination has a 49 year history of political and social activism for the LGBTIQ community, and was particularly active during the struggle for equality during the AIDS crisis. Our denomination also has a long history with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, of which our other two Sydney churches (MCC Sydney and MCC Good Shepherd) have participated in over the 39 years of Mardi Gras. We also have members of the church network that were part of the 1978 Political march often referred to as the 'First Mardi Gras'.

Seeking to continue in the footsteps of the other two churches, Crave MCC has decided to participate in the 2017 Mardi Gras parade continuing this long and important hallmark of the LGBTIQ community. This will be the first year that Crave has had the opportunity to participate, and we are very very excited to be apart of it. 

84. Harbour City Bears - The Goldilockses and The 100 Bears, Cubs, Otters (and maybe pups)

The bears are a group made up of primarily men, however, there are those who support us that are female - and we call this small core of members our Goldilocks unless they identify as a female bear. In creating equality, we want to express that the Bears aren't just a group of men, but are made greater by the contributions of our female financial members and supporters who enrich the Bear landscape.

The Harbour City Bears are a group of large, hairy, gay men and their friends and their admirers. Consisting of 480 active members, we meet up regularly on a Friday night at Kinselas and on a Sunday at The Bank in Newtown. We also hold parties for the membership and greater audience, and occasionally fundraise for other groups, and collaborate with other community groups within Sydney.

85. Sydney Leather Pride Association

Sydney Leather Pride Association is a group for GLBTIQ individuals who have an interest in fetish or esoteric sexual practices as a component of their sexual identity. This may range from those who see fetish as a small part of the sexual repertoire to those where it plays a significant part.

86. Liberal Friends of the LGBTI Community

Representatives of the Liberal Party proudly marching in the Mardi Gras Parade.

87. Scandinavia - Love, Hope, Trust, Freedom & Pride

Words cannot describe love, it can only felt. Hope is only thing stronger than fear. Outside of love, no two things are more valued in another person that trust and loyalty. The blue sky is calling to me, asking me to join the clouds. Rising above earth, I will soar to new heights and find freedom in the wind. I am proud to be myself, to be gay!

We are four lesbians and one gay man. Two of our friends from Melbourne, my partner and her brother are from Sydney and I have come a long from Denmark. We want to be part of the Mardi Gra, enjoy the parade and help in any way we can!

88. Scotsboyz

We’re Out, We’re proud, We haven’t forgotten where we came from. We are proud of our heritage and what our wee country has achieved for the LGBTQI community and would love to see the same momentum here in our adopted home, Australia. We are a returning parade float entry of LGBTQI friends and our mates who love everything Scottish, especially men in kilts!

In addition to marching in Mardi Gras previously, members of the group proudly take part in Scottish cultural events throughout the year across Australia. This year we are extremely proud to be joined by a number of talented pipe band members (bag pipes and drums) and look forward to dancing up a storm on parade night.

89. Selamat Datang - Supporting GLBTIQ Indonesians – Riding The Wave To Equality Together

Riding The Wave To Equality Together is our message to show that we are all riding this wave to equality together. We are a group made up of people from different parts of Indonesia, of different Indonesian cultures, different faiths as well as friends from different nations but we are all riding this wave together. 

We are all from different cultures but we have all come together to show we are all equal in our fight for recognition and acceptance of GLBTIQ people living in Indonesia by marching together and wearing all the same colours, the red and white of the Indonesian flag.

Selamat Datang was created to show support for GLBTIQ people in Indonesia and their struggle for acceptance in Indonesian society. In many parts of Indonesia, GLBTIQ people still have to hide who they are because of abuse and violence which has increased in the last twelve months to the GLBTIQ community.

By marching, by being seen we are showing people in Indonesia we support them. The group also helps to fundraise for GLBTIQ organisations in Indonesia including safe houses for young GLBTIQ people and fundraising for people living with HIV/Aids in Indonesia. 

90. Merlin's Magic Wand - Love is Love: Supporting Marriage Equality

As this year’s theme is creating equality by highlighting areas in which LGBTQI individuals and communities are still not treated equally, Madame Tussauds Sydney is spreading the word on equal marriage rights. As our business celebrates Australian talent and what they represent, we thought it fitting to showcase high profile individuals and their support of marriage equality. As Guy Pearce has said “Over the past decade we have seen an exponential growth in the support and acceptance of the gay and lesbian community in Australia. This is reflective of our history of overcoming past prejudices and embracing equality. It’s now time for marriage equality…” Our float will not only showcase messages like this, but will also take it to action with a few wax figures as guests, attending a same sex wedding ceremony. We feel that this performance will highlight the need for same sex marriage by showcasing the theme ‘love is love’ regardless of who you are and if you are a celebrity or not.

We will also use the Mardi Gras season to fundraise for Merlin’s Magic Wand which provides memorable days out and experiences for disadvantaged or disabled children and their families. In association with Sydney Children’s Hospital, we will be supporting fund-raising and driving awareness for Positive Kids Camp Goodtime. Camp Goodtime is a unique establishment – and only one of its kind in Australia – that caters for children and families living with HIV. In working with Camp Goodtime, Merlin’s Magic Wand offers these children and families the opportunity to engage and share with other families which helps reduce the sense of isolation families can experience. Merlin’s Magic Wand achieves this through providing memorable days out to Merlin attractions in the same way many thousands of other families do every day of the year.

91. NSW State Emergency Service - NSW SES Creating Equality, Celebrating Difference

The NSW State Emergency Service has been around over 60 years. In that time there’s been lots of changes, and one of the best is seeing our organisation expand to include so many people from all sorts of backgrounds. To create a space where we can all belong, serve our communities and be part of something bigger than ourselves. An equal space, where the ways in which we differ create the pathway to our success. This year as we proudly march in the Mardi Gras parade for the 9th year in a row, we’ll be celebrating all we have achieved in eliminating prejudice and discrimination. We’ll be showing off our different capabilities and demonstrating that all our members are equal and their differences are celebrated.

NSW SES is the most versatile and widely-used rescue and public safety organisation in NSW. We are responsible for preparation and response to floods, storms and tsunami. With close to 10,000 volunteers and 350 staff, we have been supporting Australian communities for over 60 years.

Our volunteers are always ready to assist their communities. They are highly-skilled and trained in rescue, first aid and emergency response. Most Units have accredited Flood Rescue personnel, including Flood Boat Operators and Flood Rescue Technicians. We have Primary Rescue Units that respond to road crash and general land rescues in many rural parts of NSW. There are Community First Responder teams, which were established in partnership with the Ambulance NSW to provide remote rural communities with an improved initial medical response. Some Units have specialist Vertical Rescue teams providing rescue at heights and depths. We also have specialist Alpine Search and Rescue personnel. All NSW SES volunteers are trained in General Rescue and First Aid.

We not only provide frontline services, but also support other emergency services to provide search and rescue response roles. We often assist the Police with land search for missing persons and evidence searches. We support the NSW Rural Fire Service during bushfire operations. This is in addition to incident management roles including logistics, communications, operations, planning and intelligence gathering, media, community engagement and much more.

Our members are as diverse as the roles we undertake. We have 245 volunteer Units across NSW and are proud to have the highest percentage of women amongst all the emergency services in Australia. 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 the strength, flexibility and resilience to serve our communities well. 

92. Scouts NSW - Proudly Living In and Supporting Our Community

Scouts NSW is a youth organisation that promotes people to be Respectful, Considerate, Loyal, Friendly and Courageous. The World Organisation of the Scouting Movement (WOSM) has the following Diversity and Inclusion statement:

"Scouting should reflect the societies in which it exists and actively work to welcome all individuals without distinction. " (World Scout Committee, 2015)

In addition, WOSM Youth Program policy states a Key Principle of the Youth Program that "Scouting be open to all". NSW Scouts looks to include all young people and volunteer adults regardless of sex, sexuality or gender identity.

The Aim of the Scout Association of Australia is to encourage the physical, intellectual, emotional, social and spiritual development of young people so that they take a constructive place in society as responsible citizens, and as members of their local, national and international communities.

93. Wonder Mama and Friends - Where is the Love? 

Wonder Mama and her Warriors of Love are flying into Mardi Gras in her Invisible Jet to spread love and acceptance and to fight for marriage equality. We are a group of about 6-8 friends in a small walking group.

94. West Connect Domestic Violence Services - SHELTER - West Connect Domestic Violence Service

Domestic Violence Women's Refuge in Western Sydney, providing support and accommodation to those who are homeless as a result of domestic, family or same sex violence.

95. The Dreamwalkers

We are a group of family and friends from the LGBT community who share a passion for costume design. Our message is to express yourself through costume and always be as fabulous as you can be. Back again, we are ready to rock the Mardi Gras parade in our fabulous costumes, and our positive vibes that will make the crowd cheer and smile. A group of family and friends sharing our love for costume design and happiness.

96. GLADD - The Gay and Lesbian Association of Doctors and Dentists - GLADD- Warriors of Health

We would like this years theme to encompass old greek and roman medicine - dating back to hypocrites and potions etc. We would like to intertwine a medical theme with a roman/greek warrior theme.

We are an open LGBTQI friendly group of Doctors, Dentists, and allied healthcare workers - who organise a parade entry for Mardi Gras each year as well as other community events such as socials and wine tours etc throughout the year. 

97. Immigration Advice & Rights Centre (IARC) - It's No Island Paradise: End Inhumane Detention & Helping LGBTIQ Family to Live OUT

IARC advocates for an end to inhuman immigration detention where people are held for long periods of time or indefinitely. This has an impact on vulnerable people and their physical and mental health and their ability to contribute to society. Islands include Nauru, Manus, Christmas Island and Australia.

IARC helps vulnerable people navigate Australian migration law. We are a Community Legal Centre and provide free legal advice to asylum seekers, refugees and vulnerable migrants. We advocate for a fair and justice immigration system.

LGBTI people are increasingly being persecuted because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in many parts of the world. 77 countries still criminalise consensual same-sex sexual conduct, and many are introducing new offences targeting sexual or gender minorities and/or increasing the harshness of the penalties. IARC provides a safe space to get free legal migration advice for same sex partners, people on a partner visa where there is domestic violence, people seeking asylum and protection visas. 

98. National Rugby League – Pride in League

Game on! The National Rugby League made history last year as the first sporting code to include its own float in the annual Mardi Gras parade. The NRL is the administrator of Rugby League at all levels across Australia.

99. NSW Teachers Federation - Teachers Building Equality

Teachers play a large part in instilling societal values in children, and as such aim to create environments where difference is valued and equality is promoted. Teachers build equality in their everyday work by encouraging and participating in open discussions about fairness and justice,  planning to ensure that teaching and learning is meaningful and relevant to everyone, and accepting other people and their backgrounds. Additionally, the Union supports teachers in helping students, school staff and their school communities understand gender and sexual diversity; and supports programs that assist teachers to deliver this important work.

100. Pride in Diversity & Pride in Sport

Pride in Diversity is Australia’s national not-for-profit employer support program for all aspects of LGBTI workplace inclusion and Pride in Sport is the only sporting inclusion program specifically designed to assist National and State sporting organisations and clubs with the inclusion of LGBTI employees, players, volunteers and spectators.
 
Participants in this float are from over 50 different member organisations that are part of the almost 200 members of Pride in Diversity and Pride in Sport. Notables include Andrew Wilson, the Global Chief Information Officer at Accenture, Jason Ball, Victorian Young Australian of the Year and AFL Inclusion Campaigner, Members of the Australian Wallaroos, and senior executives from Google, CBA, and more!
 
This float is significant as the Australian Workplace Equality Index of 2016 shows us that up to 50% of LGBTI workers are still not able to be completely OUT at work. The recent Out on the Fields study also indicated that sport is not a level playing field for LGBTI athletes, with many hiding for their entire careers.

101. GlamCocks

The greatest connections with others in are made when we are our authentic selves. We want to promote our message that everybody should feel comfortable to be themselves, to express themselves however they please, to wear make-up, to dance, laugh, and play.

Who are the GlamCocks? We're a group of close friends that live all over the world, who come together every year to create a theme camp at Burning Man.  For Mardi Gras in 2017, approximately 50 us will be overseas visitors, with around 10 of us now calling Sydney home.  Each of us bring our own uniqueness and by coming together as a family, we create a welcoming, loving environment that cultivates great connections and memories for all.

We support LGBTQI rights around the world through promoting equality and diversity; From our camp at Burning Man–where we create a safe-space for all types of people inclusive of all sizes, beliefs, ages, colours, religions, sexes and cultures–to our San Francisco, New York, and Seattle charity, fundraising, and Pride events.

You may have heard of us through the feature film Meet the GlamCocks, filmed and directed by Vincent Rommelaere, which was selected for the 2013 Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival: https://vimeo.com/82254016

Our goal as a community is to create a space that is welcoming, fun, whimsical, glamorous, transformational, and memorable for all! We are a far-flung, tight-knit family of gay burners. Our gatherings are a reflection of our gay, sparkling, exuberant, life-loving, and carefree attitude. We wish to cultivate great connections and memories for all who stumble upon us! We are a close-knit family who works year-round to design and construct interactive structures and inclusive experiences that invite participation and self-expression both on and off ‘the playa’! We love meeting new people, sharing our experiences, and expanding our roost!

GLAMCOCK philosophy: Inclusion and respect are the foundations of who were are as a group. We believe that every individual has unique talents, and that through creative, collaborative work we build friendships as strong as our structures are sound. We strive to create a fun, energetic, body-positive, open-minded, and pro-LGBTQI space for everyone who wants to participate.  As a family, we share our love and energy both on the playa and throughout the year! We are driven by our love for each other, our passion to create, and our celebration of life with a spirit of GLAM! 

102. Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras - ANDY'S SHOE

Andy’s Shoe has been created in collaboration with the AGNSW  and features a giant  sparkling gold women's shoe inspired by Andy Warhol's beautiful 1950's illustrations of women's shoes.  Inside the shoe will ride four Andy Warhol's, each an Andy from a different decade – 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. 

103. Pup Pride Australia

Pup Pride Australia is a community group that fosters and develops human pup play as a fetish and for people in Australia.

We conduct workshops on safety in health, play, BDSM and have run training workshops @ ACON, NZAF, VAC to increase knowledge, understanding and safety in human puppy play as well as kink.

We are welcoming of sexualities and we wish to promote human pup play as a safe, fun fetish all people can enjoy.

Within the scope of our entry we hope to display an overall image of the fun and inclusive nature of human pup play. No matter your gender identity, sexuality, we want people to have fun and see that human pup play is fun.

Each year there have been more and more of us and this year we really want to be able to include many of our interstate and international pups who will be visiting during the Mardi Gras Festival.

104. Oz Fag Hags - Love In The First Degree

We believe everyone is entitled to a ball and chain and our float represents the fight for marriage equality and that everyone should have the right to have a spouse. It's a play on words in terms of the jury/government making this decision for so many people and that all we stand accused of love in the first degree!

The Oz Fag Hags are a group of girls who transgress the boundaries between gay and straight culture and unsettle current notions of identity politics because their definition of self comes not from whom they identify as, but from those they identify with.  The fag hag’s relationship with her gay male friends is an identification that is based on empathy between two groups of people who rebel against the rigid laws of gender politics.  Not all fag hags are straight, some are gay, and some are bi and we all 'perform' our own versions of gender.  Fag hags prefer an ambiguous gender script that blurs the boundaries between masculine and feminine. We are, in effect, unruly women who defy social norms of what a woman should be - we are outspoken, loud, swear and refuse to conform but above all we form, what amounts to, a familial bond with our gay male friends.  Because of our loyalty and outspoken views, each fag hag’s voice has the potential to wield political power within patriarchal society and bring about understanding in the wider community. As Margaret Cho says: “Don’t underestimate the power of our wagging tongues.”

105. Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club - Making Waves - An Underwater World

We're no longer just splashing around as a team, but we're actually making waves on the Dragon Boat scene.  We have gold winning crews that have competed globally as an out and proud LGBTQ club flying the rainbow colours at our regattas.  We want to show a future Underwater World where creating equality is not a question, but a reality.

Different Strokes is a Sydney-based dragon boat club that was formed in 2008, with the aim of providing a social and fitness-focused sporting outlet for the LGBTQ community, as well as their friends, family and supporters. After years of continuous improvement, we are positioning ourselves as more than just a social club. Our race crews have continued to raise the bar at regattas, with wins and placings in finals, as well as member representation at both the state, national and international level.  Our teams have had several "Gold medal moments" with our strongest asset being our team spirit. We paddle with a collective determination to challenge stereotypes with our successes, showcase diversity by increasing our visibility, and spark positive change through our actions.

106. Marine Rescue New South Wales - Reach Out

Our proposed theme ‘Reach Out’ highlights not only our fundamental role in rescuing those literally reaching out to us when they are in trouble on the water but also reflecting that we Reach Out to our community for members, financial support and inclusion. We also want our members who may feel in need of support to be confident that they, too, can Reach Out for assistance.

Taking part in the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras provides a fun and rewarding opportunity to promote MRNSW as an inclusive, diverse and respectful not for profit organisation and raise the profile of our dedicated volunteers. This is the first time we have entered.

If successful our members can join their colleagues from other emergency services, including the NSW Police Force, NSW Rural Fire Service, Fire & Rescue NSW and the NSW State Emergency Service, to celebrate diversity and equality in our membership and community.

Marine Rescue New South Wales is the state's official volunteer marine search and research service. We have 3000 plus professionally trained and equipped members whose mission is to save lives on the water. Our not for profit organisation has 45 units on the coast, the Alpine Lakes and the Murray River at Moama.

107. Amnesty International - LGBTQI network - Equality, safety and respect - every child, every school.

Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says "everyone has a right to education". We also know that a large percentage of LGBTQI kids and young people experience bullying and discrimination at some point, frequently at school. When schools are a safe and supportive place for our young people, then they have equal access to education and a safe place to be proud of who they are. This is why the Amnesty LGBTQI network supports Safe Schools.

Amnesty International is a global human rights organisation. The NSW LGBTQI network is a group of Amnesty volunteers campaigning for the human rights of LGBTQI people in Australia and around the world. The universal declaration of human rights says that all people are born free and equal in dignity and rights. This applies to all people irrespective of sexuality, gender identity or intersex status.

108. Wett Ones Swimming Club Inc - LGBTQI Swim Clubs Marching for Equality in Sports (Wett Ones, Aqualicious & Glamourheads)

LGBT+ swimmers, proud that our team has a diverse membership of different sexualities, genders, ages, and body shape, but have found team-mates and friends thanks to our common love for swimming.

While it is often believed that “sports” groups should have people with a pleasingly “aesthetic” body, or even that competition is resricted to younger generations, at our swim team all everyone with an interest in swimming is made welcome.

Our swim team is made up all of sexualities - from lesbians, to bi-guys, to straight allys; as well as variety of body types - from twinks to bears. While we have such diversity, we are still united as a team and everyone is given an equal playing field (or swimming pool).

109. Young Presidents Organisation - Sydney Chapter - Diverse Businesses Supporting Diversity

YPO Sydney is a member based organisation of CEO's and includes a diverse range of Australia's medium to large businesses. We would like to show support of our LGBTQI customers, staff, investors and families.

YPO is a global not for profit for young CEO's (you must join by age 45) who run organisations of a certain scale (minimum 50 employees), it aims to foster learning and leadership. YPO Sydney Chapter includes Sydney based members running listed companies, family businesses, entrepreneurial businesses and not for profits.

110. Tiraden Fairies -  Family Support LBGTQI & Equalitiy

20 years ago I had a dream of a collection of Fairy Costumes to do fantasy art in, I started collection components, then 4 years ago I met a very good friend of mine and the opportunity to see people have their fairy/ show girl moment on a fitness stage presented itself...  weas a fitness family regularly talk about things we'd love to do together outside the gym, and the parade is high on so many of our lists that we wanted to get together and come down and be a part of it and support the LGBTQI Community as a whole.

Each fairy is a complete character, no two are the same, just like in the world no 2 people are the same, but we as a family love and respect each other and want to show our support to the LGBTQI community.

111. ReachOut Australia - Building a brighter future

Our vision is that all young people are happy and well. We know young LGBTQI people are more prone to mental health issues and have higher suicide attempt rates. 

We want to share a positive message that ReachOut is available for them anytime, anywhere and has all the information and support they need to build their own brighter future. 

LGBTQI young people make up approximately 25% of visitors to ReachOut.com, making them a very significant part of the community, and one we want to connect with on a regular basis.

Mardi Gras is a key opportunity to show the LGBTQI community that we are a rainbow-friendly organisation and inclusive organisation.

ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. Our practical support, tools and tips help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times – and the information we offer parents makes it easier for them to help their teenagers, too.

We’ve been changing the way people access help since we launched the world’s first online mental health service nearly 20 years ago. Everything we create is based on the latest evidence and designed with experts, and young people or their parents. This is why our digital self-help tools are trusted, relevant and easy to use. Available for free anytime and pretty much anywhere, ReachOut is accessed by 132,000 people in Australia every month. That’s more than 1.58 million each year.

112. Human Rights Watch Australia - It's time for equality, Human Rights for everyone

Our message focuses on the need for marriage equality in Australia. It is time for everyone in Australia to be given the same human right to marry regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Human Rights Watch is an international non-governmental organisation that works as part of a vibrant movement to uphold human dignity and advance the cause of human rights for all. We scrupulously investigate abuses, expose the facts widely, and pressure those with power to respect rights and secure justice.

Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender peoples' rights, and with activists representing a multiplicity of identities and issues. We document and expose abuses based on sexual orientation and gender identity worldwide, and work for a world where all people can enjoy their rights fully. 

113. ACCEPTANCE SYDNEY FOR GAY AND LESBIAN CATHOLICS - Acceptance = Equality + Faith 

Acceptance Sydney is a welcoming ministry for GLBT Catholics their family and friends affirming their dignity and Catholic faith. It was founded in 1972 and has participated in the Mardi Gras every year since the Parade started.

114. Country Crowd

Bringing representation of rural Australia to Mardi Gras. Bringing rural representation to the event, to give people from rural areas the chance to participate.

115. The Glamazon All Stars - L.U.V.Equality

Obviously with the news that Wonder Woman has been recognised as the U.N. Ambassador for Gender Equality in her 75th anniversary year and the new film coming out in June - it's a perfect time to fly the colours once more as the Glamazon All Stars pay tribute to our patron - WONDER WOMAN.

Out of ALL the superheroes - WONDER WOMAN has been the one who has stood for finding a peaceful way to resolve conflict: has been there for those who need her compassion: has stood her ground in the face of adversity and protected the people she loves - ALL HUMANITY.

She is a warrior in a world of complicity and compromise who will never lay down her sword - this quote epitomises her courage and valour in never giving up no matter how tough things get in order to achieve peace and unity. That is our message.

From another context, as you may know in Oct 2016 it was announced that Wonder Woman is bisexual - something that the LGBTQI community already knew from her historical background and pop-culture - however now, it's our time to present this icon to many out there questioning the sexuality and see that it's really OK to be who you are; to always fight for your rights and to stand up for those who need support through their own struggle.

We are the Glamazons. We are you. We are everyone.

We have been a part of the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade since 2012 - champions of: Love, Unity, Valour, Equality. Core values and messages that our patron goddess: Wonder Woman is so famous, adored and a respected icon of LGBTQI and people around the world.

Our group are individuals who join us from around the globe, and matter who they are or where they come from - they are invited to be Glamazons and uphold our message to the world.

116. The Institute of Many (TIM) - Fighting Stigma

We will be helping to raise awareness and fight stigma by presenting in the 2017 Mardi Gras Parade. We will be doing this as a marching group of members made up from within the TIM group. We will have a banner - message to be fully decided - and T-Shirts in TIM's colors. Each shirt will have a slogan/message to challenge perceptions on how people view people living with HIV. We are hoping to create equality through this messaging so that PLHIV can live well adjusted lives within the community at large.

TIM is a social umbrella and an advocacy platform, which means we interact online, and at meet-up chapters in many Australian cities.

As well as online membership to the global TIM Facebook group and TIM Women Facebook group, we arrange casual events via our meet up chapters in most Australian cities. Events range from casual drinks at the pub to outdoor/cultural events, and are open to both positive people and their allies. Attending a TIM event is not an admission of your status.

Through the confidential Facebook groups and meet up events, TIM is an opportunity to make friends, talk, share knowledge & skills, and to bust some outdated myths about living with HIV.

The convenors of TIM feel that we are part of the third wave of HIV positive people. TIM co-founders Nic Holas and Jeff Lange recognise their privilege and good fortune to be gay men who did not have to endure the initial epidemic of HIV & AIDS, but are old enough to remember it. TIM seeks to pay rent on this privilege by activating and supporting the community it represents. TIM believes the greatest resource available to people living with HIV is each other.

117. Dayenu - Sydney's Jewish GLBTI Group - Freedom 2 Love : Love 2 B Free

The pink triangle emerged from the dark times of Nazi persecution of gays. Gay Jews had to wear a pink triangle over a gold triangle to create the Jewish star. This year, Dayenu [Dye-Ay-Noo] reclaims the power of these colours to represent Pink for Love and Gold for Freedom.

Our message goes out to the gay community to promote diversity and religious tolerance. There are many disenfranchised gay Jews, who have either walked away or been shunned by their religious communities. Dayenu [Dye-Ay-Noo] provide a bridge as well as a source of comfort for them. While Queer folk have suffered so badly from mainstream religious ideologies, many gay people find comfort and community from their engagement with religion. We honour and celebrate those Jewish congregations who have created a sense of welcome for GLBTI Jews - particularly Emanuel Synagogue in Woollahra, who host our regular Mardi Gras Shabbat service and dinner.

Our message also goes out to the broader Jewish community, where there is still much work to be done in challenging conservative, patriarchial, hurtful and damaging laws and attitudes which continue to pervade many aspects of Jewish life - from interpretations of the bible to the limiting affects of gender binary role modelling.

FREE 2 LOVE In 2017 we look forward to Marriage Equality becoming a reality so that gay folk can stand under the chuppah (wedding canopy) and be married with full rabbinic endorsement. We also hope to expand the conversation to include the more conservative Jewish communities, who continue to oppress gay folk.

We look forward to expanding the conversation around gender diversity, so that more people can feel more free to explore the edges of their identity - breaking out of the restrictions of cultural bias and conservative values. Our presence is a gift to the gay and straight worlds to invite more conversation, expand the horizons of tolerance, acceptance and understanding and have more fun in the year ahead.

Dayenu is Sydney's Jewish GLBT Group, which has been running for 16 years. Our first float was in 2000 and caused a lot of conflict within the Jewish community, but proved highly worthwhile in raising the profile for GLBT issues. We get together for social gatherings and celebrating Jewish festivals. We provide counselling, outreach and support to the queer community. This includes the addressing the needs of young people, transgendered folk, and older gays as well as supporting parents and friends. We keep the conversation alive within both Jewish and GLBT communities. Our website is www.dayenu.org.au.

118. LGBTQI Brazilians in Australia - The Warriors of the Glamazon

We would like to show that every member of the LGBTQI community is a warrior, a survivor. We are a LGBTQI brazilian group with over 800 members. We have monthly meetings, social events and we have been part of Mardi Gras parade for the past 2 years.

To represent Brazil, we are going to be the warriors of the Amazon forest. With powerful costumes, music, lights, messages in our shields, we want to represent resistance and strength. 

119. I is for Intersex

The entry attempts to raise the visibility of people with an intersex variation, and that we are not ashamed, but happily maintaining our identity, our bodies, our families and communities, and one another in wholesome support.

The Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome (AIS) Support Group Australia Inc. (A0041398U) is a peer support, information and advocacy group for people affected by AIS and/or related intersex variations, and their families. (Note that intersex is also known as a Disorder of Sex Development or DSD).

We support members (both in Australia and overseas) that have any grade of Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome, and support any issues relevant to living with AIS. These issues include infertility, disclosure, hormone therapy, gender identity, surgical intervention of children with intersex variations, sexual intimacy, etc.

120. Melbourne Chargers Rugby Club - Equality - On and off the field

YOU DON'T NEED TO BE STRAIGHT TO PLAY! Our club is full of people who love to play sport, people that enjoy participating in a physical game and want to get out, have fun and be active. Some of us just happen to be gay.

Our club was created because there are so many of us who have been forced out of team sport by real or perceived discrimination.

We are the current world champions and we plan to parade our trophy to show that a group of guys who work together and work for each other, can stand up to discrimination, bullying, harassment and together we can win.

We want to provide positive role models; to be more precise - we want to provide positive GAY role models, and prove that you don't have to be straight to play.

The Melbourne Chargers formed in 2009 with the purpose of creating a rugby team where new players could learn to play Rugby Union in an accepting environment - and so that players who had left the sport because of their sexuality could rejoin the game and play openly.

The Chargers are members of International Gay Rugby, an organisation dedicated to the organisation and advancement of gay and inclusive rugby world-wide. They aim to contribute to the promotion and development of the sport of Rugby Union in Victoria and to provide a new and diverse social opportunity for same-sex attracted people.

The Melbourne Chargers are the current reigning world champions of Gay Rugby, having claimed the Bingham Cup (Gay Rugby world cup) in Nashville in June 2016. 

121. Rainbow Labor NSW - Marriage Equality and Beyond

Rainbow Labor has been fighting for equality since 1983, and we don't plan on stopping any time soon. While the fight for marriage equality still goes on, we'll keep working to eliminate discrimination against LGBTIQ people, wherever it is, until the job is done.

Rainbow Labor is the grassroots organisation for LGBTIQ Labor members and supporters, established in 1983. We provide a forum for networking and policy discussion to promote inclusion and equality within the Labor Party’s structures, practices and policies. We also host social events and participate in Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations each year.

122. TBC Male Swimwear

Summer time in Sydney - sun, beach, swimwear. We’re an online business selling swim and underwear. 

123. Asian Marching Boys & Friends - Asiana 'A Deeper Love'.

Asian Marching Boys and Friends will be back in 2017, taking inspiration from the depths of the ocean and fluidity of water we would like to delve deeper than ever this year with our message.  The ocean symbolises a joining of continents where our lands may be far from one and other but the water is the symbol that unites us regardless of race, gender, social status and opportunities.  Our float message is to show that we are all equal and we can all coexist in harmony regardless of who we are or where we are from using deep symbolism in the form of the ocean.

Asian Marching Boys & Friends 'AMBF' aims to promote the visibility and acceptance of gay Asian men and their friends in Australia and provide a foundation for social networking.  AMBF also strives to raise money to fund a parade entry in the annual Mardi Gras Paarde to provide AMBF supporters with a fun, safe and inclusive platform to acknowledge and express their sexual identity whilst being part of a diverse and inclusive group.

124. NSW Young Lawyers - All Should Be Equal Under The Law

The legal profession has an incredibly important part to play in ensuring the legal and human rights of LGBTQI people are protected and enforced, and that all are indeed equal under the law. There have been many tough battles fought by LGBTQI people and the legal profession for law reform in the past, and we have a lot to celebrate. However there are still inequalities under the law and as a profession and as humans we must continue to strive for tangible equality for all LGBTQI people. Our message is a call for the law to be reformed so that all are indeed treated equally, and a call to action for all young lawyers and the legal profession to get involved in and get behind law reform initiatives that will ensure LGBTQI people are treated equally under the law.

With more than 15,000 members, NSW Young Lawyers is the state’s largest body of young and newly practising lawyers, and law students. NSW Young Lawyers first came into being in 1963 and is a division of the Law Society of NSW. Membership is free for all NSW lawyers under 36 years and/or in their first five years of practice, and law students.

Active, innovative and dynamic, we support practitioners in the early stages of their career development, giving them the opportunity to meet, work together, expand their knowledge, advance their career and contribute to the profession and community.

NSW Young Lawyers has its own Constitution, Assembly, Office Bearers, Executive Council and administration team. Our objectives include to promote the proper administration of justice, to eliminate barriers faced by women and minorities from achieving equal status in our profession, and to engender respect for the rule of law and improve access to justice.

The majority of our projects, activities and events are coordinated by 16 Committees, each representing different aspects of the law, including a Human Rights Committee and LGBTQI Rights Working Group.  As an organisation and through our Committees we work to actively promote the legal and human rights of minorities including LGBTQI people, focusing on law and policy reform. Our charity in 2017 is the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, and we also partner with them in a project to assist people seeking asylum in NSW. 

125. R U OK? - Supporting LGBTQI community

R U OK’s works to inspire meaningful conversation across all communities. R U OK? Empowers people from all walks of life to reach out and ask their friends and loved ones “are you okay?” By being a part of Mardi Gras R U OK?’s is building a community that feels connected and supported by their loved ones.

R U OK?’s vision is a world where we’re all connected and are protected from suicide. R U OK’s mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaning fully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life. 

126. Gay Social Wollongong - "WE LOVE THE GONG" 

Gay Social Wollongong is a community group that has been set up to raise awareness for the need and want to improved GLBTI awareness in the Illawarra region. We gather once a month to catch up and support one another's experiences about being GLBTI in the Illawarra. Our message is simple – it’s promoting Wollongong and the Illawarra as a GLBTI accepting, safe and supportive region.

127. Queer Screen

Queer screen is a passionate and longstanding supporter of LGBTIQ+ cinema. We believe in shaping the cinematic landscape by fostering diverse representations, experiences and bodies presented to the audience in an inclusive environment. Specifically, vision is to be "a celebration of the diversity of sexualities and gender identities through queer storytelling on screen, by inclusive and respectful communities full of creativity, inspiration and pride." And our mission is to "transform and engage individuals and communities through queer storytelling on screen."

128. Sydney Queer Atheists - Pillars of Society

While some people claim that society is founded in religion, we assert that it is upheld by secular values and institutions. This idea is not new, drawing heavily on the ideas and ideals of the enlightenment era, which in turn drew on ancient Greece as a part of a drive to renew western civilisation following centuries of stagnation and superstition. The enlightenment was a philosophical movement that shaped and transformed the ideas and identity of Europe, characterised by the key values of democracy, freedom of expression, liberty, reason, progress and opposition to absolute monarchy and religious dogma.

Atheist ideas and thinkers played a key role in this movement, the beginnings of modern atheism embedded in the formation of modern western civilisation.

From the Enlightenment on, the questioning and distancing of religious dogma that dominated earlier eras have made possible the democratic freedoms that we experience today, and have provided the foundations for the 20th and 21st century movements of liberation for LGBTQIA+ people. This year’s Atheist float will commemorate the importance of atheist thought 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: Secular Education; Community; Diversity; Scientific Method; Democratic Decisionmaking; Social and Environmental Justice.

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.

129. THE STAR

The float has been designed to showcase The Star, ‘Sydney’s premier entertainment destination’, as a place for all to come and have fun in an inclusive and engaging environment. On and behind the float are 100 members of The Star’s LGBTQI diversity group, ‘Spectrum’. This is the second year that The Star has been a major partner of Mardi Gras and the partnership has been a key turning point in the growth of the Spectrum group with now over 150 staff engaged in a year round program of events that aim to support and celebrate The Star’s LGBTQI team members. The Spectrum team have played a significant role in the design of this year’s float, costume selection and choreography.

130. Australian Asexuals - Under the Same Umbrella

Many publications and broadcasts identify the broader community as LGBTQI, while leaving off the A or + that is often attached within the community. We aim to remind everyone that although asexuality could fall under the queer banner, we feel we are a large enough and unique enough group to be acknowledged in our own right, both in the acronym and in general conversation about sexual diversity. Under The Same Umbrella incorporates our idea that asexuality should be viewed as equally legitimate as any other gender or sexuality falling under the umbrella of diversity.

131. Homosapiens - Homosapien Float 

We represent human beings supporting all humans in being. We are non binary, gay, lesbian, trans children and families of all beings. We marched last year as the sapien army. We are Homosapiens representing people supporting human rights as opposed to homosexuals.

132. Rural and Regional Alliance of Queer Students (RARA-QS) - We're Proud In... 

We want to show everyone that we can be proud no matter where you are. We hope to show someone in one of the towns we are from that they are not alone and that they to can be proud.

We are a group of queer/LGBTIQ+ tertiary students from non-metropolitan areas all around Australia. We work towards provide equal resources and opportunities for queer students regardless of geographical location.

133. Matt & Lib - SPREAD YOUR WINGS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

HIV is still a big unknown and people with HIV are being still disrespected and discriminated in our current society. I even saw it when I was a kid with a member of my own family and that's why we want to express respect and equality in the parade but from a positive point of view.

We strongly believe that the best way of fighting against negativism is with a positive attitude and not looking to the back thinking in all that we could have done but looking into the future , that we will make shine and be brilliant with our positive vibes and energy. We want to transmit our message celebrating that we are more and more every day; together in getting something that should have been there from the beginning , something as simple as equality that all deserve.

We are a couple (one Spanish & one German/Turkish) living between London and Amsterdam. We both grew up in an environment where we couldn't express openly who we were or our feelings. We met in London and since them we are together supporting with what is in our hands to the LGBTQI community.

We also fight and defend for the equality of people with HIV that sadly are still discriminated nowadays.

134. POOF DOOF - POOF DOOF Chess Game: Make A Move

This year, POOF DOOF is using it's Mardi Gras float to encourage people in our community to 'Make A Move' - it's up to us to be active and participate in creating equality.

POOF DOOF is Melbourne's biggest and most popular gay club - raving every Saturday night on Chapel Street, South Yarra.

135. Australian Hairdressers Celebrate Equality

We are hairdressers from around Australia who are coming together to celebrate diversity within our industry. The hairdressing industry has been a leader in the business sector in terms of welcoming people - stylists and clients alike - from all sexual persuasions, sex, gender identities, races, belief systems, ages and abilities.

Our group is forming specifically for this event. We hope that this will be the first of many years participating. Essentially, we are a group of hairdressers from across Australia who are marching to celebrate the commitment of the hairdressing industry to diversity and equality for ourselves and our clients. This group is not supported by any organisation, rather we are just a collection of individual hair stylists, and others who work in salons across our great country.

136. Facebook

The Facebook float consists of a 6-metre high Like button with the words “Rainbow Kids” and #equallove on it, lead by the marvellous Tina TurnOn (gasp!). We are fighting (and dancing) for equal love for all of the lovers of every colour of the rainbow.

Joining Facebook on the float are LBGITQ youth who use Facebook and other social platforms to connect and share about the LBGTIQ issues that matter to them.

We chose “love” to be the theme of our float because the Love reaction is the most used reaction globally on Facebook (after the Like button) and it is the most frequently used hashtag and emoticon on Instagram. Given the Facebook Reactions have been used 300 billion times since they launched a year ago. That’s a lot of love that’s been shared on Facebook and Instagram!

We’re calling on the audience and viewers at home to like, love, share rainbow love on their social platform of choice to show their support for #equallove tonight and every night.

137. Flagcom & Friends - Mardi Gras International Queen (MaGIQ) 2017

FLAGCOM (Filipino Lesbians And Gays Community) & Friends have been established in January 2010 to give voice and representation of the Filipino Gays and Lesbians in the community. It evolved into representing the transgender community of various ethnic groups the following year when started a transgender beauty pageant.

Flagcom helps promote safe sex in the general community in collaboration with ACON. Through the Transgender Pageant (which we normally hold one week before the Parade), we try to educate the audience on how to protect themselves from getting infected with various forms of STI.

The winner of the event becomes Flagcom's Ambassador in promoting safe sex in the community. Together with this, we also promote harmony, unity, tolerance and inclusion of all gender and sexual preference in the community. 

138. Corrective Services NSW - Locking Equality In – Locking Homophobia Out

Corrective Services NSW manages gaols located in metropolitan centres as well as throughout regional NSW. It also has Community Corrections Offices located within most large residential centres. Employees come from a diverse and eclectic background and often GLBTI employees can feel isolated when working in regional centres. Whilst Corrective Services NSW is committed to workplace equity and diversity, the Sydney Mardi Gras has become a point of unity and strength for the regional staff to unite with the metropolitan employees and breakdown the barriers of isolation. The message to the community featured on the lead banner is a parody on the role of prisons to be a “turn-key” a role pivotal in community safety. We want to extend the message to the community that we are committed to being a division that champions the values of equality whilst establishing strong barriers of resistance towards those who would promulgate homophobia.

139. Pride in Justice (Justice NSW)

Pride In Justice envisions an inclusive Justice NSW community free of discrimination in all forms inspiring engagement and equity. The network aims to provide a safe, confidential and supportive environment for LGBTI staff and their supporters and is committed to supporting a culture of inclusion, respect and to inform and influence Justice NSW on issues which relate to the workplace. It is committed to providing resources to employees, raise awareness and celebrate key LGBTI significant dates. The network plans to establish peer support systems throughout the Department and champion the message of equality. We are proud of being employees of Justice NSW and we are proud to be GLBTI employees in a Department which is a lead agency in embedding the message of equality in NSW.

Pride In Justice is the newly form GLBTI Network established within Justice NSW. The network provides support to GLBTI employees throughout the Department of Justice NSW. The Department of Justice delivers legal, court and supervision services to the people of NSW by managing courts and justice services, implementing programs to reduce crime and re‑offending, managing custodial and community-based correctional services, protecting rights and community standards and advising on law reform and legal matters. The vision of the Department is to create a safe and just place for the people of NSW. The Department is sectioned into 10 divisions including: Courts and Tribunals, Liquor, gaming and emergency management, Arts and Culture, Juvenile Justice, Corrective Services, Trustee and Guardianship, Births Deaths and Marriages, Victim Services and Anti-Discrimination.

140. Free Gay and Happy (fgnhappy) - Free Gay and Happy Presents Happy Endings

Dust off your ball gown, polish your crown, find that missing shoe … it is time for us to turn Oxford Street into our very own ball room, live out our fairy tale fantasies and grab ourselves a bit of that happily ever after that everyone talks about. Everyone deserves Happy Endings.

Free Gay and Happy (fgnhappy) is a group of friends and friends of friends with over 500 members based primarily in NSW, but with many from around Australia and even overseas. Coordinated largely through a Facebook page, fgnhappy started out with a wife desperately showing her suicidal husband that being ‘Gay’ was something to celebrate not hide, into a supportive social group. The group’s members hold social events and book clubs, and proceeds from an entry fee on the float even allow fgnhappy to donate to LGBTI charities.  Our story so far: http://www.starobserver.com.au/features/community-spotlight/free-gay-and-happy/133415

141. Psychedelic Love - Celebrating peace, love, and equality for all.

We are a diverse group of friends, a mixture of LGBT and family and friends and supporters thereof. We want to enter the parade to celebrate our love for each other and the community in which we live. We are keen to show and celebrate our diversity - we are from many different countries around the world, in diverse professions, diverse sexualities and personalities but have all been brought together through love. 

142. Inner City Legal Centre - CLCs Unite for LGBTIQ Justice

 There are over 200 community legal centres in Australia which are dedicated to equal rights for the LGBTIQ community. Our combined CLC float will communicate the support of the community legal centre sector for LGBTIQ justice and its continuing campaign for creating equality.

The Inner City Legal Centre 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 LGBTIQ throughout New South Wales. An important part of this state-wide service is the award-winning Safe Relationships Project, a court-support service for people identifying as LGBTIQ and experiencing or escaping domestic violence.

143. Relationships Australia - PROUD FAMILIES, PROUD RELATIONSHIPS

We acknowledge the work that is required to achieve marriage equality and address relationship prejudice, and recognise the legitimacy, value and success of loving relationships and families with children in the LGBTQI community.

Relationships Australia celebrates loving relationships and stands with our extended LGBTQI family to fight for change.

Relationships Australia is a national, NFP organisation that stands for safe and healthy relationships at home, at work, in schools and in our communities. We provide services to children, adults and families at all life stages via counselling, mediation, case work and group work. We advocate for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and social change. 

144. The People's Republic of Mardi Gras

Our message is the same as it's always been: The People's Republic of Mardi Gras is an army of LGBTQI and straight friends, here to FIGHT HOMOPHOBIA!

We are a big group of LGBTQI and straight friends who have entered the Mardi Gras for the last 4 years; first 2 years as The Village Puppets and the last 2 years as The People's Republic of Mardi Gras with the highlight being asked to be the closing float of the parade in 2015 with our big gold tank!

145. Aussie Lamb - We Love Our Lamb

The We Love Our Lamb float demonstrates Australian Lamb’s ongoing commitment to bringing people together. Staying true to inclusivity, the float will feature a digital billboard that will allow all Australians to be a part of the Mardi Gras parade, no matter where they are. Featuring aptly named moves such as ‘The Rack’ and ‘The Loin’, set to the tune of Haddaway’s “What Is Love”, the float will be accompanied by a contingent of dancers and marchers as it joins the rest of the parade down Oxford Street.

For the first time, a float in the parade will play videos of the LGBTQI community and their supporters from across the country performing a choreographed dance created by Australian Lamb. To be a part of the united float, dancers simply had to learn all, or part of the dance and upload a video to the We Love Our Lamb Facebook page. Much-loved Aussie cook Hayden Quinn will be accompanying the float.

146. Kirketon Road Centre - Creating Equality - Health For All

As Kirketon Road Centre is a NSW Health service, our banners will promote all the services we provide to the LGBTQI community members: sexual health services, drug and alcohol services, KRC's outreach services, Youth Clinics, harm reduction messages and positive educational messages of social justice to reduce discrimination.

KRC was established in April 1987 as a NSW State Government initiative following recommendations of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Prostitution in NSW (Rogan Report 1986).

The aims of the service are:
•To prevent and minimise HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections (including sexually transmissible infections and hepatitides) among “at risk” young people, sex workers and people who inject drugs.
•To treat and care for clients with HIV/AIDS and other transmissible infections among these target populations.

The KRC target groups include:
•“at risk” young people (clients under 25 years with a street-based lifestyle in Kings Cross)
•sex workers
•people who inject drugs

KRC operates a comprehensive medical, counselling and social welfare service including methadone access and needle syringe programs from KRC above the Darlinghurst Fire Station. KRC also has a satellite facility Clinic 180, which provides a nurse-led clinic as well as counselling services, the provision of a needle syringe service, health and social welfare advice, and assessment and referral to drug treatment and other relevant services. KRC also operates a mobile Outreach service, which provides health education, needle syringe service and assessment and referral to drug treatment for hard to reach populations. 

147. Capital Queers - Pompomazing

Capital Queers is a Canberra based community group that comes together annual to give local queers an opportunity to march in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in the most fabulous way possible.

Capital Queers is cheering for LGBTIQ people all around the world with our 2017 Parade Entrance Pompomazing. We all proudly believe each and everyone's own unique identity is worth celebrating, especially those qualities that bring us all together as a wider queer community.

148. Farmers Coming Out for the Environment

We are a group of farmers, LGBTQI and friends, who want to highlight the importance of farming to a sustainable future and for the support and equality of LGBTQI people in regional areas. There is a dire need to tackle the pollution of our land, water, air and the destruction that climate change is having on Australian agriculture.

Members of the group specialise in sustainable farming methods and at the same time are mobilising community protest against the expansion of the fossil fuel industry. Coal, gas and other extractive industries are causing hardship and stress in regional areas which leads to the vilification of minority groups. Our group encourages the use of renewable energy projects in regional areas.

We aim to unite LGBTQI farmers and their friends. We are tackling the pollution of land, water and air by destructive land clearing and invasive industries. We also want to highlight the destruction that climate change, with shifting seasons, extreme weather and crop loss, is having on farmers everywhere.

149. Slovenian and Finnish Community - Ability to Sustain Human Rights and Equality

Ability to Sustain will be written in a way that it will read as "SustainAbility", having every letter painted in a different rainbow colour. Human Rights and Equality will be in green colour. Finnish party will also want to celebrate our commitment to equality with our brand new marriage law and show support for Australian sisters and brothers in their fight for the same human rights.

We are a group of Finnish (45) and sLOVEnian (15) people, supporting and promoting Human Rights and Equality. Slovenia is in a Human Right Council and Finland is having a lot to celebrate with 100 years of independence in 2017 and the law of equal marriage finally taking effect 1.3.2017!

150. Snatch and Grab - FREE THE NIP

Snatch and Grab is a collective representing the youth of the queer female community in Sydney, trying to push boundaries of equality amongst men and women. "Free the nip" is a movement to remove the censorship of women's breasts. This promotes empowerment, change and freedom amongst all human beings. 

151. BOYTHiNG - FREE THE NIP (boy version)

We came together with "Snatch and Grab" to host a "FEMME-NATION" movement. We request that we be put behind the Snatch and Grab FREE THE NIP float so that we can have a male support group for such an amazing message. This float will be made redundant if it isnt possible to be placed with the Snatch and Grab float, so if this isn't possible, please advise when you can.

BOYTHiNG is a Sydney party which launched in August last year. We have been hosting events at The Imperial Hotel (Erskineville) aimed at gay men. We promote femininity through our community based events - this is a focus point seen as a backlash to the masculine pressures associated in the Sydney scene at current time. 

152. UNITY Illawarra and South Coast - Bursting the Bubble

Our message 'Bursting bubbles' is a creative reflection of a quote from the international LGBTI activist Urvashi Vaid who said in her quote "Gay people do not fight for freedom to live in a lavender bubble, but in a more just society". This message in keeping with the 2016 Mardi Gras theme "Creating Equality".

UNITY Illawarra South Coast is a community organisation serving the local community through building social connection betweenLGBTQI people of the Illawarra and South Coast through the coordination and delivery of locally driven events and projects that inspire individual participation and generates greater community empowerment.

153. The VR: Queer Roller Derby - All Love is Sweet, All Love is Equal.

Founded in the USA in 2008, The VR (formerly known as Vagine Regime) is a collective of queer roller derby players, their allies, and supporters from every corner of the globe.

What started out as a social media page in quickly grew into a community that supports all colours of the LGBTQI rainbow across the entire world of roller derby. The VR set up and play roller derby bouts, including Battle on the Bent track held each year in Australia, throw parties, promotes LGBTQI rights around the world and provides a community that supports inclusiveness, acceptance and diversity within our sport and into our communities.

Our candy, confectionery and gingerbread house represent the many flavours of love; every one of them full of sweetness (and maybe a little naughty too) while we continue our onward skate towards a sweeter, more accepting and delicious future where all love is treated equally.  

Vagina motifs and imagery is also used throughout the float to represent The VR's origins as the Vagine Regime, and our own determination to lead by example through making our name more inclusive.

154. AUSLAN MARDI GRAS - Generating a group full of Auslan equality.

Auslan Mardi Gras is a organisation that is a non profit organisation, the reason for creating this group is for all different groups of people that have one thing common Auslan, we have combined 3 main groups:

CODA group: Children of Deaf Adults
FULL Deaf Auslan: full Deaf or reduce hearing.
Family and friends: of all people that speak Auslan so that is a quick run down, we are a very open and social group supporting Auslan. 

155. Sydney Homotones - Playing for Change

Music does not discriminate; members of the Sydney Homotones plan to recognise diversity and celebrate equality through the universal language of music.

The Sydney Homotones is a not-for-profit community band. The band was established as an LGBTQI+ group with the intention of performing at the events of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. We are the sole LGBTQI+ community band based in Sydney. Our membership is open to anyone who wishes to join, regardless of their sexual orientation. 

156. Body Electric Incorporated - Fly & Be Free

Body Electric wants to show the LGBTQI community that it's ok to be yourself, free your spirit, free your energy and fly high. Along with being able to grow self- love, compassion through integrating erotic energy in our loving, open-hearted community.

Body Electric is a not-for-profit organisation that conducts experiential personal growth workshops, mostly in retreat setting for people over 18 years old. Body Electric is dedicated to building an open-hearted community who celebrates its gifts of erotic energy and diversity to create more exciting, aware, compassionate and fulfilling lives through its workshops, supporting events and other courses.

157. Camp-Berra The Queens Capital - Celebrate Free Love

Camp-Berra, the Queens Capital has attended the Sydney Mardi-Gras parade each year for over 30 years. We endeavour to bring as many LGBTQI participants from Canberra as we can. 

158. Life Without Barriers - CELEBRATING: Equality, Diversity, Inclusion & Accessibility

Life Without Barrier's purpose is to support the needs and wellbeing of a very diverse. Life Without Barriers is one of Australia’s largest leading social purpose organisations, working in more than 300 communities across all states and territories. Its major areas of operations include family support and out-of-home care, mental health services, youth justice, disability services, community based aged care, homelessness services, support to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and support to refugees and asylum seekers. Our services currently support just over 11,500 people living in their own homes or in residential houses that we manage.

OUR VALUES: Who we are is defined not just by how we look and talk but more importantly by what we do and our values.

For us relationships come first. It's more than just working together, its understanding one another, making lasting connections and building trust. We help clients to believe in themselves again. Our relationships are strong and enduring.

We also know the importance of imagination and what works but we are always open to new ways of doing things - from our clients, from team members. And we do so openly and willingly.

We are respectful of others' viewpoints and try to see the world from the perspective of others.

We respond appropriately and promptly to individual and community needs and we are not afraid to get engaged and 'get our hands dirty' in order to find a solution.

We are courageous and we stand up for what we believe in. We are people with strong opinions on what's right for our clients and communities in which we operate. We speak up on behalf of our clients and encourage them to have the confidence to speak up for themselves. 

159. Western Sydney University - #PrideUnlimited

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 with a New Orleans Mardi Gras themed float. Choreographed dancers will follow the decorated flat bed truck. Dancers will be followed by LGBTIQ-identifying and non-LGBTIQ staff, students and community partners. All marchers and dancers will wear white t-shirts with the uni logo and red jumbo Mardi Gras beads. Dancers will have red pom-poms and like Mardi Gras marchers and dancers will give out Mardi Gras beads to spectators. 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.

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.

160. Rainbow Phoenix - Small World, Big Heart

No matter where we come from, and no matter where you are, this is a small world. We believe the small world could have a tolerant heart to accept the difference.

This is a Chinese Australian LGBT group. Our members all come from China. We share similar background, and we would like to try our best to support Chinese LGBT community. 

161. Uniting Church LGBTIQ Network - LGBTIQ Refugees are Welcome Here

As members of the LGBTIQ and Christian communities, we are very concerned about (especially Australia's) lack of action and generosity in accommodating people fleeing persecution for being LGBTIQ from countries where it is illegal or warzones where belligerents' ideology deems LGBTIQ people to be sub-human. We are saying more should be done to help refugees and that they are welcome in Australia.

Uniting Church LGBTIQ Network is members and family, friends, and supporters of LGBTIQ people in the Uniting Church. We campaign on schools, marriage, relationships, and fair foreign aid. We have previously marched under the banner 'LGBTIQ Refugees are Welcome Here' 

162. Consulate General of Canada / Government of Canada - Canada is Freedom

Equality is a cornerstone of the Canadian Government's mandate. The Canadian Government strives towards equal rights, and promotes the all love is equal message. We would like to be a part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to show our support and solidarity to the LGBTIQ+ community in Sydney.

As the Consulate General of Canada in Sydney, we represent the Canadian government in Sydney, promoting Canadian interests and its goals, including equality as a priority.

163. Taronga Conservation Society Australia - Wild About Equality

WILD – a word with many meanings. One of which is ‘lacking discipline or restraint’. To make equality possible, make a difference, make change happen one must go beyond the barriers, jump the hurdles and be different. Be Wild.

Our zoo-uniform clad LGBTQI staff and volunteer superheroes are the initiators of equality, representing the community in the conservation of the animals we share this world with. We believe in equality for all who share this planet, equal rights for LGBTQI people and equal chance of survival for all species.

We at Taronga believe that all people deserve equal rights, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation or identity, just as we believe all animals deserve equal chance of survival. Our staff and volunteers are passionate about fighting for equal rights for all communities to ensure a shared future for all.

With many success stories and achievements of LGBTQI people fighting for equality, we are their cheerleaders. Let’s remove the restraints, go wild and make it happen. 

Taronga’s participation in the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade is an opportunity for our LGBTQI people to celebrate the momentum of Taronga’s last 100 years of which has been the commitment of people from all backgrounds.

We march in support of the LGBTQI community, the WILD ones that leap beyond the restraints and gain momentum. For we believe in a world that wildlife, LGBTQI people and all of humankind can share this planet harmoniously.

At Taronga, we believe that wildlife and people can share this planet. Taronga and Western Plains Zoos care for 4000 animals from over 350 species, provide conservation messages to over 1.5 million visitors and conservation education to over 100,000 school students annually. The Zoos also conduct a huge range of conservation research, breeding and in situ projects from Antarctica to Mongolia and throughout Australia and Asia, while providing wildlife health services to thousands of native animals each year.

We are defenders, champions and ambassadors of the wild. And we’re on a mission that is of such critical importance it can’t be allowed to fail.

We are an employer and supporter of diversity. This includes the biodiversity of the world around us and the diversity of the human species including LGBTQI people. In 2016, Taronga Zoo celebrated our 100th birthday, a celebration we were proud to share with the diverse community of Sydney. 

164. SYDNEY RANGERS FOOTBALL CLUB - Future Gay-zing!

2017 marks the Sydney Rangers Football Club's 20th birthday as Australia's first and largest gay men's football club.

2016 was a milestone year for the Sydney Rangers, with two of our competitive teams winning Grand Championship trophies as the Grand Finalist Winners. Both being recognisedf as the first known gay friendly teams to win a pofessional soccer tournament in Australia.

With so much to celebrate we are making 2017 our biggest & most impressive parade entry to date!

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Founded in 1997, the Sydney Rangers are a group dedicated to building a competitive, social and diverse club which welcomes players of all sexual orientations and from all levels of playing experience.

Our mission is to instill pride and achieve success on and off the football field by playing fun and inclusive soccer, and to make a positive social contribution in our community

The Sydney Rangers are a mix of players from different backgrounds, who range in age from 18 to 55. While many in the club identify as gay, there are also a number of players and officials who identify as bisexual or straight. Sexuality is not an obstacle to playing for Sydney Rangers.

165. Raio de Sol Community Samba Band - We Bang for Equality

We bang on about equality as our group is all about each and every band member being of equal value to every other band member. We value everyone equally. We need everyone to play to make the big noise that is samba. Therefore we bang. We bang our instruments. We all bang together. We bang loudly. We love to bang and we love being equal.

Raio de Sol is Canberra’s community samba band. We play South American rhythms that will get your feet dancing, bring joy to your heart and a smile to your face. Proudly percussion our beats are intoxicating,  vibrant and for everyone, young and old.

Raio de Sol is a group with heart – a big, bold, warm and welcoming heart that embraces community. We are a group of people from everywhere – Brazilian, Zimbabwean, Mexican, Japanese, South African, Indian, Fijian, Columbian, Italian, Indonesian, British and Australian. We are students, chefs, public servants, doctors, retirees, teachers, trades people, unemployed, economists, diplomats who love rhythm, connection, drums, percussion, community and the joy of making music together to share with all.

Raio de Sol - meaning ‘sunbeam’ in Portuguese - is apolitical, non-religious and non-discriminatory and welcomes anyone from all walks of life to join, regardless of musical ability. We provide the drums and the rhythms, all you need to bring is a smile and a love for beats.

166. Indy Nile Drag Queen - Indy Nile baton frenzy

Be happy being guy! Lead your way fabulously through life. I'm going to walk The parade with a fabulous outfit with a baton!

168. Hoop Force Australia - Create the World You Want to Live In

Our float will be following an art & design theme which speaks to our message of being able to create the world you want to live in - actions speak louder than words, paint a better future.

Hoop Force Australia community of individuals who celebrate diversity, equality and unity through a shared passion of creative self-expression, fun and hula hoop dance!

169. Bobby Goldsmith Foundation - Stand With Us!

Show your support for people living with HIV. This is a continuation from our Christmas Appeal to empower people living with HIV to live full and rewarding lives. People living with HIV are just like everyone else - they are proud, resilient, young and old and from all walks of life. With the theme 'Creating Equality,' we want to show the world that people living with HIV should be recognised as equals and that they are just like everyone else and can lead full and happy lives.

The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is Australia’s longest-running HIV charity. Founded in 1984, BGF undertakes a range of support and interventions that address key determinants of poor health outcomes for people living with HIV (PLHIV) – ie long-term social and economic poverty.

170. Uniting - Love is Power 

People think power comes from strength or wealth. But in the right hands, love can be the most epic superpower there is. It amplifies and spreads as a force for good, helping individuals and communities overcome challenges. It stands up for the marginalised and vulnerable, keeping them safe. And ultimately, it lets people become their true selves. This Mardi Gras, we want to show LGBTQI people of all backgrounds for the heroes of the heart that they are.

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 not-for-profit 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.

We're proud to be a community services ministry of the Uniting Church. Uniting is passionate about helping all people to lead happy, healthy lives. As an organisation, we celebrate diversity and welcome all people regardless of lifestyle choices, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation or gender identity. We’re proud to be accredited with the Rainbow Tick for standing with people from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex communities, at every stage of life. 

171. Consulate General of the Netherlands in Sydney - My Pride Worldwide

As the first country to legalise same sex marriage, the Netherlands is a proud advocate of equal rights. We represent the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Sydney. 

172. Rainbow Recovery Club Inc - Equality and Self Respect Clean and Sober

LGBTI people of all ages reclaiming their lives free of life threatening addictions. We are a recovery meeting room in Surry Hills for LGBTI recovering from a variety of addictive behaviours. Approximately 20 groups meet every week for peer to peer support.

173. Gay Nomads - 50 SHADES OF CAMPING

The Gay Nomads participation in the 2017 Mardi Gras will provide an opportunity to showcase the caravan and camping industry to our affluent and varied community. The Gay Nomads is a group of LGBTQI+ people who enjoy exploring Australia with caravans, camper trailers and motor homes. 

174. Miss Wagga Wagga - Now is time for equality happy Mardi Gras. 

 Miss Wagga Wagga has been in Mardi Gras for 28 years - This will be her 29th!

175. Sydney Silverbacks Harbour City Wrestling - Two Tribes

We are an LGTBQ wrestling club based in Sydney. Along with our sister club the Melbourne Wranglers who will be marching with us (two tribes) as one, we showcase our sport in the traditional colours of red and blue. We celebrate with our brothers and sisters our passion for wrestling and continue to stand up against homophobia and transphobia in sport.

176. Timmy and Friends - Friendship regardless of adversity

Two long term friends, one who has marched many times in the early days of the parade, one who has never marched. We would truly love to show our solidarity with community and equality. 

177. Socialist Alliance - Uniting the Colours - for Rainbow Revolution!

 This contingent will be a joint contingent ofAboriginal activists, LGBTIQ+ activists, anti-racists with a message of unity. In this dangerous period with a rise of racism, bigotry and homophobia, it is important to join all oppressed and marginalised groups together in a show of strength. Uniting colours for a rainbow revolution is a strong, popular message of unity. It will contain lots of color and dance co-ordination.

Socialist Alliance is a political party that is campaigning around LGBTIQ+ rights, Aboriginal rights and for social and environmental justice. We are involved in elections and many ongoing anti-racist, queer rights, environment and international solidarity campaigns. https://socialist-alliance.org

178. Gay Sydney Australia - Unity and Acceptance

Unity is bringing our community together and Acceptance is accepting everyone who they are especially in our community and generally by everyone

We are a Sydney based community organisation or group that has marched in the parade since 2015 our motto is to Be Proud ware on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram which is our popular social media page with 14.8K followers. 

179. Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), Refugee Action Coalition (RAC), Teachers for Refugees, National Union of Students (NUS), Australian Queer Students Network (AQSN), Riff Raff Radical Marching Band - No Pride In Detention, No Pride In Turnbull

The thrust of the message is us declaring our opposition to Turnbull, first and foremost for his obscene border and immigration policies, but also for his attacks on Safe Schools and denial of marriage equality.

We intend to be as colourful as possible, with our specially designed t-shirts for the occasion, and visual representations of Turnbull paired off with Trump in the form of giant heads. We'll also have a marching band that last time performed Beyonce and David Bowie tracks.

The ute, which will be a platform from which we will hoist Turnbull and Trump, will probably be in the centre while our biggest banners will take the lead while the band will be the other end of the float.

We are a coalition of a variety of activist groups coming together this year under the banner of No Pride In Detention, No Pride In Turnbull. We believe, together, that racism, homophobia, and transphobia are unacceptable and want to call out our government's role in pushing it. We currently are composed of the constituent groups, and have more applications pending to join our coalition:

CAAH is the organisation that calls the protests around marriage equality, and in the past year has also led the protests around Safe Schools. We've also taken up a variety of other issues including the banning of Gayby Baby, police brutality at Mardi Gras, queer refugees, counter-protests against Fred Nile and so on and have done so since the 90s.

RAC is the organisation that calls the refugee protests in Sydney, and have done so since the Tampa incident during the Howard years. RAC have been involved in protests against both Labor and Liberal parties, and against Secro and Broadspectrum (formerly known as Transfield). RAC are connected to Teachers for Refugees, who are a group of rank and file teachers in their union who have come under fire in the media for their support of refugee rights, following the Murdoch media witch hunt on teachers about Safe Schools.

The National Union of Students is the federated peak body representing tertiary students, whose key role in recent years has been to campaign against the policies of the Turnbull and Abbott governments. Its queer department has been pivotal in supporting the fight for marriage equality, and the NUS has led rallies of thousands against the Federal budgets in the most recent term of Liberal rule.

Australian Queer Students Network (AQSN) is the peak network representing queer students in tertiary education institutions. Their primary activity is the Queer Collaborations (QC) conference, from which many queer activists found their first political development.

Riff Radical Marching Band is a protest band who support progressive activist causes with their music, and in particular march in protests with drums and saxophones and such covered in red and black.

180. Trans Sydney Pride

Our message is to say we are here: that the trans community is strong, diverse and beautiful. Trans Sydney Pride is an online and offline Sydney based social and support group founded by binary transpeople for binary , non binary and gender queer transpeople. Our vision is to bring strength and unity to our small and diverse community through a greater understanding of each other facilitated by discussion , support and events.

181. Shellharbour Shag Harders - Pumping for Love

We are "Pumping for Love"! We strive to help young LGBTQI's love themselves for who they are and fearlessly love others. Our goal is to create a love like no other, a love that is free from discrimination and free to be different and unique. We encourage young people to not be afraid of love, we are pumping for love.

We are a fun eccentric group of young LGBTQI's that love to spread the work of equal rights and acceptance at the Mardi Gras Parade each year!

182. UNION PRIDE

Our entry will display how proud LGBTQI are and how they fit into their local community. Our Group UINON PRIDE is open to all LGBTQI that are union members from across Australia. and open to union member's from outside Australia. 

183. headspace National Youth Mental Health Foundation - headspace, we've got your back.

Homophobia and transphobia 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. headspace, has your back is all about letting young people know that headspace is here to help and support them through any issue they may be facing.

headspace is Australia’s leading youth mental health organisation. headspace provides mental health and wellbeing support, information and services to young people aged 12 to 25 and their families through our expanding network of 100 headspace centres and online via eheadspace. To date, headspace has assisted over 270,000 young people get their lives back on track.

headspace supports the mental health and wellbeing of all young Australian’s. We celebrate diversity and encourage all young people to be themselves. Our 100 local headspace centres are a safe and sensitive space for young people to discuss their sexual orientation, gender identity and relationship status.

We know that sexuality and gender identity do not cause mental health problems, however the social pressures associated with being LGBTI can affect a person’s mental health. Because of this, headspace has been proactive in developing health promotion resources to support young LGBTI people. 

184. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras - A Fabulous Future

A Fabulous Future will feature two hoop aerialists and 40 community dancers in a spectacular float that depicts a ‘Barberella’ styled future where everyone is equal, respects and loves each other and anyone can be married. The two hoops represent rings of love and commitment and the aerialists, the sparkling diamonds in the rings.

AND THAT’S A WRAP!

SEE YOU AT THE PARTY!