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ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras commenced in 2007 when staff members believed in supporting the LGBTIQ+ community and proactively registered to participate in the march. 

Since then, ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has gone from strength to strength. With more staff than ever volunteering throughout the festival including ongoing sponsorship activity, ANZ provides a platform to communicate their support for the LGBTIQ+ community and deliver a message of diversity, inclusion and respect.

ANZ recognises it has a role to play in improving economic and social inclusion in the communities the bank operates in. With the support of their Pride Network, they aim to do this by strengthening and expanding programs that create education and employment opportunities, particularly for people from under-represented and disadvantaged groups and communities. In 2018, in partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ANZ announced a new Community Grants Program. The program awarded 18 grants with a total value of $100,000 to not-for-profit community organisations, established charities and individuals across Australia working to better the lives of LGBTIQ+ people.

In recent years’ campaigns such as GAYTMs, GAYNZ, #HOLDTIGHT  and last year’s YAYANZ have showcased ANZ’s commitment to providing an inclusive workplace and supporting the LGBTIQ+  community.

ANZ’s Pride Network promotes diversity, inclusion and respect for the bank’s staff and customers worldwide, by supporting and engaging staff, their family and friends and the LGBTIQ+ community.

The aim of the ANZ Pride Network is to be a voice, contact point and support for LGBTIQ+ employees and allies through active engagement in internal and external activities supporting the community.

In 2018 ANZ was recognised by AWEI (Australian Workplace Equality Index) as a Gold Employer, and runner up Employer of the Year for their continued commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.  The #HOLDTIGHT campaign was also recognised as External Campaign of the year.

City of Sydney

Destination NSW

The NSW Government is proud to support the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
The NSW public service strives to be  a reflection of the community it serves. We actively promote employee networks and campaigns that encourage understanding of inclusion and diversity, and are committed to creating an inclusive and supportive workplace for all. Across the sector, we lead or participate in a wide range of LGBTIQ initiatives, including the Diversity Inclusion Network, and Diversity and Inclusion Council, established by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and NSW Treasury; the Transgender, Gender Diverse and Intersex Working Group established by NSW Police; and membership of the national, not-for-profit Pride in Diversity employer support program.

City of Sydney

City of Sydney

The City of Sydney, Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Council have long supported Sydney’s LGBTIQ communities.

There are more LGBTIQ people in the City of Sydney than any other council in Australia and the City has demonstrated its commitment to LGBTIQ residents and visitors through partnerships, consultations with the community, advocacy work against homophobia, our recent financial and in-kind support for the Yes Campaign and, of course, our continued support for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Parade.

The City of Sydney supports Mardi Gras as an internationally celebrated event that honours the history of the LGBTIQ community in Sydney and Australia. Mardi Gras showcases LGBTIQ culture and honours its contemporary struggles.

As a global city, the City of Sydney is proud to support Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and showcase its diversity to the world.  First recognising Mardi Gras as a major festival in 2008, the City of Sydney provided $120,000 in sponsorship in recognition of its significance as a hallmark event and positive impact on the NSW economy.

Since 2012, the City of Sydney has provided more than $2.25 million dollars in support of Mardi Gras through Major Events Sponsorship agreements.  Support has included cash grants, banner pole hire, major venues hire and accommodation grants for office space on Oxford Street from 2014-2016.   A further sponsorship agreement for Mardi Gras was recently endorsed by Council, valued at almost $1M, including $800,000 cash contribution to the festival for 2018-2020.

The City of Sydney has entered a float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade every year since 2005.  In support of the LGBTIQ community, the City of Sydney has flown the Rainbow Flag over Town Hall during Mardi Gras and Pride weeks each year since 2009.  To celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Mardi Gras, in 2013 the City of Sydney installed a rainbow crossing on Oxford Street.

In 2016, City Pride, the City of Sydney’s first networking forum for City staff members who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or queer was launched. City Pride meets at least three times per year, providing a safe space for members to discuss any areas for improvement or action that the City could take to ensure that it continues to be a LGBTIQ friendly workplace.

The City of Sydney would like to congratulate Mardi Gras on 40 wonderful years – we look forward to celebrating with you well into the future.



SBS is proud to be the broadcast partner, bringing the Mardi Gras parade to Australian TV screens, for the fourth year running, not only on television, but also on SBS Radio, online and on SBS On Demand. 

Mardi Gras is a celebration for all LGBTIQ+ people and allies, bringing people from across the world together to celebrate our differences. 

As Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, we are proud to be the media organisation providing audiences with a diversity of views and voices, for over 40 years.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do and we are continuously looking for ways to promote diversity within our own walls, recognising the mix of employees that makes SBS so unique.

SBS is also committed to driving the conversation further afield and this year, SBS Pride & Allies, in partnership with Pride in Diversity and Screen Diversity Inclusion Network,  launched the very first Media Pride event, bring all Australian media together for the first time to focus on LAGBTIQ+ inclusion and representation in the media.

SBS’s role as Mardi Gras broadcast partner also provides an invaluable opportunity for our staff, both those who identity as LGBTIQ+ and allies alike, to participate in Australia’s biggest celebration of LGBTIQ+ culture. The sense of pride and excitement across the business during Mardi Gras is electric.



The partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has played an important role for Qantas in celebrating and supporting the LGBTQI community. This is reflected in high engagement with Qantas customers and employees through various activities on Qantas channels and events such as Mardi Gras Parade and Fair Day.

At Qantas we value diversity of thought and experience and believe that our inclusive and collaborative culture contributes to our success. We are a diverse workforce that reflects contemporary, multicultural Australia. We celebrate and promote this diversity as a strength of our business.

We want to build an inclusive workplace, to ensure each and every employee feels comfortable to bring their whole self to work every day regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification.

The Qantas Group Illuminate employee network was established within the company to support LGTBQI employees and their allies. Illuminate aims to help facilitate communication between LGBTQI employees and allies across the whole business. In addition to this, the group fosters a community that is free from bullying, harassment and discrimination for all our employees through additional information, support, contacts and advocacy for LGBTQI employees and their allies.



We’re enormously proud of using the icon status Australia has given us to help break down barriers to inclusion for our LGBT+ community. We’ve got your back, and we’ll make sure that our LGBT+ employees, customers and fans feel comfortable being themselves at Holden.

The last two years have seen us sparkle our way down the parade route, with motorcades doused appropriately in rainbows and ruby glitter. Since then our rainbow car decals have been applied to a V8 supercar, and have made appearances at community pride events right across Australia, from Hamilton VIC to Toowoomba QLD, and at police force events in support of our amazing Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers.

This year, we’re excited to champion the pursuits of LGBT+ role models driving change in our community. From suburban footy pitches, to our patrolled beaches, we want to empower and encourage Australians everywhere to be themselves. That’s deeply important to us. Because for Holden, our priority isn’t about putting our logo out there, it’s about finding opportunities to put the power of our logo towards celebrating people who are driving change in their community.

We’re excited and proud to be back as a major sponsor for 2019!



At Myer we are creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects our customers and our community.

Our approach to building a diverse and inclusive workplace is underpinned by our value ‘One Inclusive Team’ enabling all team members to reach their full potential and contribute to Myer’s success

Myer is proud to be the exclusive fashion retail partner and sponsor of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. We are committed to building awareness, celebrating, and providing meaningful support and networks for our LGBTIQ+ team members.


Wella Professionals, part of Coty Inc is one of the world’s leading professional hair colour, care and styling brands. Last year, Wella Professionals partnered with Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras for the first time to show their support of equality, and to celebrate the wonderfully diverse, creative and passionate artists in the hairdressing industry and beyond.

The hairdressing community is historically one of the most diverse, inclusive and collaborative in the beauty industry, with both gender and visual identity signifying vibrant fluidity across the spectrum; Wella Professionals is proud to house a full rainbow of talented creatives across Australia and New Zealand.

For a second year, Wella Professionals is thrilled to partner with the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019 to continue to celebrate and liberate the diversity of your beauty.

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements and jaw-dropping colour transformations as Wella Professionals continues to celebrate every colour of the spectrum, each as wonderful, individual and diverse as the next.

Follow Wella Professionals ANZ @WellaPro_ANZ #LoveInColour on Instagram for the latest news and updates.

The Star

The Star

The Star Sydney is proud to support the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as an Official Partner since 2016.

The Star employs over 4,500 team members who welcome an average 30,000 guests per day and is committed to providing a welcoming environment for everyone who attends the property, whether an employee or guest, and irrespective of their race, age, gender, beliefs or sexual orientation.

The Star’s dedicated employee action group for LGBTQI inclusion, Spectrum, was formed in 2014 and promotes inclusion across The Star Entertainment Group properties in Sydney and Brisbane, whilst also working closely with The Star’s Management Team. The employee action group ensures that The Star’s policies and family benefits include same-sex employees and is inclusive of people of trans* experience. In addition to this, Spectrum raises awareness and funds for LGBTQI causes via events such as Wear it Purple Day, IDAHOT and World Aids Day.

Tho Ban Luong, team member at The Star said: “The Star works hard to build a culture of inclusion and diversity. I haven’t worked at a company before that openly celebrates and recognises the LGBTQI community on such a large scale as The Star does. It is great to know I can just be myself and don’t have to worry if ‘coming out’ will be an issue at the workplace.”

In 2017, The Star was named a Silver Tier Employer on the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) - Australia’s definitive national benchmark on LGBTQI workplace inclusion.



At Google we strive to be a great place for everyone to work, and to build a diverse workforce that represents all who use our products. We encourage people to bring their best selves to work and are committed to cultivating an environment where all Googlers can thrive.

Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, and our approach to diversity and inclusion is a natural extension of this: to increase access to opportunity by breaking down barriers and empowering people through technology. The diversity of perspectives, ideas, and cultures, both within Google and in the tech industry, leads to the creation of better products and services for everyone.

We also want our employees to have the same inclusive experience outside of the office as they do at work, and for LGBTIQ communities to be safe and accepted, wherever they are. When it comes to supporting diversity and equality locally, we believe in focusing our efforts and resources to maximise impact for the community. That’s why we’re proud to continue our partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Last year we proudly sponsored the Mardi Gras Community Parade Grants, a wonderful grassroots initiative that directly assists LGBTIQ people, promotes equality and gives the community  a stronger voice. Through this program we sought to enable as many people as possible to participate in Mardi Gras, putting resources towards helping community organisations create their own memorable parade experiences.



For AccorHotels, partnering with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is not just something we are excited about, we are honored to play our part. We are more than just hotels, we are a family that is as diverse as our brands. We strive to ensure everyone from our team members to our guests feels welcome every day. AccorHotels champions the rights of all citizens, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation. As a leader in the field of tourism and hospitality, we take this responsibility seriously.

Being Australia’s largest hotel group, with over 210 hotels ranging from luxury to economy, including city, resort and regional destinations, we welcome thousands of guests every day. Ensuring every single guest valued and equal is paramount. We have over 12,000 employees across Australia, working across Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel, Quay West, The Sebel, Grand
Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and the Ibis family of brands. Having a happy, proud and diverse workforce is a core priority for AccorHotels.

We celebrate and encourage the diversity of our people, guests and partners. Making people feel welcome is our motto, feeling proud is what we are. 



Absolut supports diversity and the right for people to express their true selves through art, love or any other way, regardless of who or where they are. Openness, equality, freedom and self-expression have always been at the core of Absolut.

We have a long, proud history of celebrating and working with members of the LGBTQI communities, dating back over 35 years and we’re looking forward to creating a better tomorrow in Australia as we continue to champion LGBTQI rights.

We're proud to throw our support behind the continuing push for equality in Australia as a partner of the 2019 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.



Vodafone is an Australian telecommunications company providing mobile and fixed broadband services.

At Vodafone we believe in equality for everyone. As a business, we’re committed to supporting our employees, customers and the wider community by fostering a safe and inclusive environment that celebrates people regardless of their background, gender or sexuality.

As a strong advocate for a diverse and inclusive Australia, Vodafone was a supporter of the Australian Marriage Equality campaign and in 2017 launched ‘Connect’, an employee led network that champions equality, individuality and offers guidance and support to employees and friends in the community.

Vodafone is proud to be the Official & Exclusive Mobile Service Sponsor of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival 2018 – 2021.



Woolworths Group is a proud to support the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival again in 2019.

We are working hard to create a vibrant, respectful and inclusive workplace, that enables our LGBTI team members to bring their whole selves to work. The Proud at Woolworths Group network consists of individuals who care deeply and believe in diversity, acceptance and equality in the workplace. The network is very active and fosters a supportive workplace environment for our LGBTI team members across Australia.

Since the establishment of the Proud at Woolworths Group network, Woolworths has continued to embed LGBTI inclusion in the organisation. Network membership has grown from 50 team members in 2016 to over 1900 team members in 2018. Woolworths Group has played an active role in events such as Mardi Gras Fair Day, Midsumma and Wear it Purple Day. In 2018 Woolworths Group achieved Gold Tier Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, which reflects our continued commitment to creating an inclusive culture.

At Woolworths Group, we value diversity and recognise the importance of our teams reflecting the communities we serve. As a diverse team, Woolworths is creating better experiences for our teams and customers, and are looking forward to being actively involved in the 2019 Mardi Gras.