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We want to hear from our communities

Posted on 27 Mar, 2019
We want to hear from our communities

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras aims to be a vibrant and inclusive showcase of everyone under and over the rainbow.

You may have heard that we have begun consultation to address the feedback by some members, community groups, event organisers, patrons and visitors that the name of our organisation is not inclusive – only specifying ‘Gay’ and ‘Lesbian’, without mention of any other sexuality or gender identity.

Changing a name with decades of community history behind it is not something we’d do lightly; therefore we want to hear from our members, supporters and wider community on ideas, concerns and hopes for a potential name change.

Our Mardi Gras members have already been invited to engage with us and to complete a survey at the end of the consultation process to provide feedback on the name. Only Mardi Gras members will eventually have the opportunity of a final vote, change or not, at a General Meeting.

We want to extend the invite to this Forum to the wider community and to YOU, to provide our members with a wider breath of inputs, especially by groups that may feel under-represented and not fully included.

Arrivals 3:45pm for 4pm start on Sunday 7 April at Darlinghurst Theatre Company, Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street Darlinghurst.

RSVP here for the Community Consultation

Please make sure to attend and share your story, in a safe and respectful space. However, remember that only members will be able to vote at the EGM, due at the end of consultation. Click here for more details about joining Marid Gras as a member.

Additionally, your feedback on email is very welcome. Email us at membership@mardigrasarts.org.au we will make sure your comments are read by the entire Mardi Gras team and Board.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch, and you’ll hear from us with updates every step of the way.

Yours,
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Membership team.