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For the last 40 years, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has provided a creative platform for the community to celebrate its achievements, protest and bring global attention to LGBQTI human rights. Our community is always changing but our purpose remains the same.

Your support means more LGBTQI communities can connect through Mardi Gras, and have a voice to celebrate with pride and hope. You can change the lives of LGBTQI people who face barriers for simply being themselves.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras was proud to support the Tiwi Island Sistagirls on their journey to Sydney for the 2017 and 2018 Parades via our Community Grants Program.

"To go to the Mardi Gras is to showcase our culture and our people - how Tiwi people have evolved in this generation, and how we have become stronger in our community. And it shows people that you can make a change."

How you can make a difference

SGLMG income includes 57% from ticketing and corporate sponsorship, and 14.5% Government grants. (2017)

There are no major trusts or foundations that provide support specifically for LGBTQI communities. We need your help to address this need.

Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras is a registered charity. All donations above $2 are tax deductible. Donations online are processed securely via GiveNow.



All donations to this fund go directly to the needs of SGLMG and its communities.

  • Ensuring community events remain free and commissioning creative projects
  • Regional touring of SGLMG exhibitions and programs
  • Archiving our history

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The SGLMG grants programs exist to remove barriers to LGBTQI community members to participate in the Mardi Gras Parade and supports other LGBTQI non-profit organisations, established charities, local community groups, and individuals working to improve the lives of LBTQI people.

Mardi Gras Grants programs include:

  • Parade participant grants
  • Travel grants for remote communities
  • Grants for community organisations for LGBTQI arts, sport and education

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We have come a long way since 1978, when a small group of brave activists marched to celebrate international Gay Pride. They were met with oppression, but paved the way to the diverse culture that we honour today. 40 years later, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the largest celebrations of social justice and diversity in the world.

To celebrate the extraordinary history of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, we have launched the inaugural 40th Foundation Circle, inviting members to leave a legacy for the next 40 years of Evolution of Mardi Gras. 

Members of the 40th Foundation Circle will be part of a special group that supports the future of Mardi Gras. Members give donations of $2,000 or more to support programs with a focus on social justice and increase access for isolated communities to participate in Mardi Gras. 

Members of the 40th Foundation circle receive acknowledgement on Mardi Gras website and annual festival program, along with invitations to special members events throughout the year. 

Join the 40th Foundation Circle here

Mardi Gras is a registered charity. All donations above $2 are tax deducible.



Workplace giving

Many organisations have philanthropic programs that are administered by staff and often matched by the organisation. Please discuss with your workplace about ways to support SGLMG.

Bequest program

As SGLMG celebrates its 40th year and rejoices in its legacy to Australia’s LGBTQI community, we encourage you to consider your personal legacy.

Please contact David Martin Harris, Partnerships Manager on: david.harris@mardigrasarts.org.au or 02 93830900