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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.
Mardi Gras is a registered charity. All donations above $2 are tax deducible.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Gadigal people of the Eora nation, who are the traditional owners of the land on which our celebrations are held on.
We pay our respects to elders past and present and extend that respect to other First Nations peoples.
Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.