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ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras commenced in 2007 because staff members believed in the cause and they were proactive in registering to participate.

Since then, ANZ’s partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has gone from strength to strength with active participation in the parade. More staff than ever volunteering throughout the festival, and yearly marketing and sponsorship activity which provides a platform to communicate the ongoing support for the LGBTQI community and 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. 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. Earlier this year, in partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, ANZ announced a new Community Grants Program which is set to launch in March 2018. The program will award grants to not-for-profit community organisations, established charities and individuals across Australia working to better the lives of LGBTQI people.

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

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

In 2017 ANZ was recognised by AWEI (Australian Workplace Equality Index) as Employer of the Year for their continued commitment to creating an inclusive workplace.

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.



Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of SBS, informing everything we do across our organisation. SBS’s role as Mardi Gras broadcast partner not only enriches our content slate but also provides an invaluable opportunity for our staff, both those who identity as LGBTQI and allies alike, to participate in Australia’s biggest celebration of LGBTQI culture. The sense of pride and excitement across the business during Mardi Gras is electric.

We are continuously looking for ways to promote diversity within our own walls, recognising the diverse mix of employees that makes SBS so unique. Our very own Pride Network, SBS Pride, was launched in March this year and contributes to SBS being a safe and inclusive workplace where all employees can bring their true and best self to work and promote visibility and awareness of LGBTQI inclusion.



At Medibank, we’re for better health and we live and breathe this purpose every day. As an official partner of Mardi Gras 2018, we are committed in continuing to build a culture of respect and inclusion by embracing diversity.

Our Medibank LGBTQI 'Passion + Pride' network was established in 2014. This group work with Medibank employees and with the community to drive engagement and influence positive change for LGBTQI employees and their families at Medibank.  The Passion + Pride Network is led by a committee of passionate and dedicated employees.

Embracing diversity is important not just to our employees, but also our customers and the communities in which we live and work. The Medibank staff and members involved in the 2017 parade loved the opportunity to participate and celebrate and we are looking forward to our involvement in 2018.



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 can feel comfortable to be themselves at Holden.

In 2016, we were the first car brand to sign-up in support marriage equality, and since then we’ve backed that support publicly and financially. This year we were excited to come out as an official partner of the 2017 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras! Our motorcade of unmissable rainbow Colorado's led the parade carrying this year’s official Mardi Gras Ambassadors, while our fleet of Astra Mardi Cars took to the streets offering free rides to the biggest party of the year and treating revellers to some car karaoke!

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 Victoria to Toowoomba QLD, and at police force events in support of our amazing Gay & Lesbian Liaison Officers.

In 2017, we’ve also been delighted to highlight some outstanding role models from our LGBT+ community, across our media partnerships and sporting sponsorships. 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 behind celebrating people who are driving change in their community.

We’re excited to be back as a major sponsor for the 2018!


As part of the Coty family, it is Wella Professional’s mission to celebrate and liberate the diversity of beauty. For over 130 years, Wella has been delivering innovations and services that enable hair stylists and their clients to feel the best version of themselves. Wella Professionals recognise that hair is an integral part of your identity, which mirrors Mardi Gras’s inspirational spirit through the community’s bold celebration of self-expression, colour and creativity.

With Australia on the brink of great steps forward in equality, Wella Professionals believe its partnership with the SGLMG during its 40th anniversary, is perfectly aligned in both timing and brand values.

“The hairdressing industry is also one of the most representative of the LGBTQI community. Our Wella family is a creative, courageous and inclusive one, so we could not think of a better partnership than with Mardi Gras.”

Jerome Toulza, General Manager, Coty Professional Beauty Australia & New Zealand said,

As an official partner, our sponsorship contributes to the fantastic community work undertaken by the SGLMG organization. As part of the partnership, Wella Professionals and the broader Wella family will be fully immersed in Mardi Gras with a series of bold, creative and colourful displays of self-expression. Stay tuned for 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.



AccorHotels is Australia’s largest hotel group, with over 200 hotels ranging from luxury to economy including city and regional destinations, as well as resort locations. AccorHotels in Australia operates Sofitel, MGallery by Sofitel, Pullman, Swissôtel, Quay West, The Sebel, Grand Mercure, Novotel, Mercure and the Ibis family of brands.

With more than 10,000 employees across Australia, having a happy, proud and diverse workforce is a core priority for AccorHotels, as is ensuring every single guest Feels Welcome, valued and equal with every interaction. Testament to this, the words “Feel Welcome” form part of the company’s logo.

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, it is a responsibility AccorHotels takes seriously and one the group takes pride in advocating.

Diversity and inclusion are key drivers for AccorHotels and the organisation has been a proud supporter of a number of key LGBTQI events and initiatives, some of which include the Mardi Gras festival, Pride Marches, Pride Games, supporting marriage equality and celebrating Diversity and Inclusion Week. In 2016, AccorHotels penned an open letter, pledging its support of marriage equality.  AccorHotels is delighted to be a partner of the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.



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 35 years and we’re looking forward to creating a better tomorrow by seeing Marriage Equality legislated in Australia while we continue to champion LGBTQI rights beyond.

We're proud to throw our support behind the push for equality in Australia by sponsoring the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.



Tinder is proud to support Mardi Gras 2018. We’re excited to be able to give back to the LGBTQ community, which has been an important part of Tinder from the start. We are in the business of bringing people together - and we believe that everyone should have a chance to meet their match.

Everyone is welcome on Tinder. Participating in Sydney’s Mardi Gras is one more step in our commitment to the community around the world—from our recent Pride celebrations in the US, UK, France, Germany and Spain to many future events and causes that celebrate diversity. 
Launched in 2012, Tinder is the world’s leading platform for meeting new people. With its global reach, people in more than 190 countries around the world are swiping right to connect with others, making it a top 10 lifestyle app in more than 110 countries. In 2015, the company introduced Tinder Plus, giving users access to premium features, Rewind and Passport. Each day, 26 million matches are made on Tinder with more than 20 billion matches made to date.