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Partners

At Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG), our partnerships are vitally important to us, and we value the active engagement of our partners with our LGBTQI+ communities. Our partnerships enable us to hold more events, make our events more accessible and allow us to pay our staff, artists, and creatives. 

All partners of SGLMG must align with our values and be approved through our Ethical Charter Framework

SGLMG at its core aims to promote and advocate for all LGBTQI+ human rights, equality, and inclusion across the nation. This value informs all our work, including our partnership agreements. 

We look to our values and ethical charter when we are considering a potential partner, and we expect those partners to meet us and maintain this ethical standard and values alignment. 

All our partners must show an ongoing commitment to our LGBTQI+ communities within their organisation and externally within the broader community. 

A meaningful and authentic commitment to LGBTQI+ equality and inclusion cannot be viewed through a siloed lens that excludes other human rights and equality issues, our ethical charter and framework relating to partners reflects this and speaks to the partners commitment to the wide spectrum of human rights, social justice, and equality causes. 

If you would like to discuss partnership opportunities at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, please contact our Partnerships Team: sponsorship@mardigrasarts.org.au or (02) 9383 0900.
 

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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.

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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.

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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 area in Australia. The City has demonstrated its commitment to LGBTIQ residents and visitors through partnerships, consultations with the community, advocacy work against homophobia, our financial and in-kind support of the ‘Yes’ campaign (2017) 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 LGBTIQ communities in Australia. Mardi Gras showcases LGBTIQ cultures 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 sponsorship agreements.  Support has included cash grants, banner pole hire, major venues hire and accommodation grants for office space on Oxford Street from 2014 to 2019.  A further sponsorship agreement for Mardi Gras is now in place, valued at almost $1 million, including an $800,000 cash contribution to the festival for 2018 to 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 communities, 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 temporary rainbow crossing on Oxford Street. The new rainbow crossing on Campbell and Bourke streets is now a lasting symbol of the history and contemporary culture of the LGBTIQ communities in its heartland of Oxford Street and surrounds.

In 2018, the City was also proud to support the installation of the temporary artwork ‘40 Years of Love’.  The artwork was an expression of the 40 year history of Mardi Gras and the LGBTIQ communities in Australia.

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In 2020, Deloitte launched the third Outstanding 50 LGBTI+ Leaders Report in partnership with Google and EnergyAustralia, dedicated to share the impactful stories of LGBTI+ role models and further inspiring our entire community to work towards creating more inclusive workplaces and communities. The purpose of this report is to help LGBTI+ people ‘be what they see’, inspiring a new generation of leaders from many diverse parts of our community. 
 
Deloitte Australia and its LGBTQI+ network, StandOUT, partners with LGBTI+ community organisation Rainbow Families who are the voice for and champion of LGBTQ+ families and prospective parents in NSW. 

As part of Deloitte’s Work Place giving program, employees can sign up to support a charity of their choice which is automatically deducted from their salary on a monthly basis. The LGBTI charity for Deloitte Australia’s workplace giving program is Out for Australia. 

In May 2021, Deloitte was awarded Gold Employer Status at the 2021 Australian LGBTI+ Inclusion Awards in Sydney by Pride in Diversity. This was based on the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI). This is the third time Deloitte has been awarded Gold. 

Deloitte has a Stretch Reconciliation Action Plan – Walking together: Deloitte and Australia’s First Peoples Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) | Deloitte Australia, as a firm, understand they have a lot to learn, and that a great future requires truthfulness about the past. Deloitte are excited to become increasingly bolder about the opportunity to put Aboriginal insights at the centre of the way they work and carry themselves as an organisation. 
 

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At SCA (Southern Cross Austereo), we believe that our business performance is enhanced by a diverse workforce where employees are treated with respect and fairness and have equal access to opportunities.

SCA aims to provide a living, creative organisation that also understands the diversity of its audiences and advertisers.

We are delighted, therefore, to become the exclusive radio partner for the 2021 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras as it recognises and celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community. The celebration of everything Mardi Gras is a natural fit for our Hit Network philosophy to make our audience feel great, with a joyful, positive, optimistic and inclusive view and a strong social conscience.

The Hit Network has a long relationship with the LGBTQIA+ community – and our 2018 campaign for marriage equality, “Say Yes to Love”, won an Australian radio industry award. Our West Australian regional station sponsors the Broome Mardi Gras and our own Hit Network Entertainment Reporter, Justin Hill, was Mr Gay Pride 2019 finalist.

Our sponsorship will feature a 12 month campaign, not only across on 2Day FM and our 50 Hit stations nationwide, but also across our digital, social, podcast and activation assets. As the number one radio brand in the country, we reach more than 4.8 million listeners on radio and have 7.8 million followers on social platforms.

This means that not only the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, but also the entire LGBTQIA+ community will have its voice heard across Australia and we could not be more proud.
 

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Woolworths Group is a proud to support the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival again in 2021.

As an inclusive, team and customer first company, people are at the core of everything we do. We are working hard to create a welcoming, vibrant, respectful and inclusive environment for our LGBTIQ team members and customers.

The Proud at Woolworths Group network consists of individuals who care deeply about inclusion, equality and belonging for all in the workplace. The network is very active and fosters a supportive workplace environment for our LGBTIQ team members across Australia.

Since the establishment of the Proud at Woolworths Group network, Woolworths has continued to embed LGBTIQ inclusion in the organisation. Network membership has grown from 50 team members in 2016 to over 2300 team members in 2019. Woolworths Group has played an active role in events such as Mardi Gras Fair Day, Midsumma and Coastal Twist, and Wear it Purple Day is celebrated in all our brands across the country.

In 2019 Woolworths Group achieved Gold Tier Employer status in the Australian Workplace Equality Index for the second year running, reflecting our continued commitment to creating an inclusive culture.

At Woolworths Group we are all about creating better experiences for our team and customers, and are looking forward to once again being actively involved in the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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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.

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