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Our 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ 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 LGBTQIA+ communities within their organisation and externally within the broader community. 

A meaningful and authentic commitment to LGBTQIA+ 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.

Our Ethical Charter

Our vision and values

  • Working with our communities
  • Celebrating diversity and inclusion
  • Building and maintaining strong relationships
  • Ensuring safety and wellbeing
  • Honouring our history

Our principles

  • Openness and Transparency
  • Integrity
  • Strengthening the global Pride network
  • Building agreements that help us work together
  • Contributing to the sustainability of LGBTIQ+ communities

Our promises

Our promises bring to life our values and principles, explaining how these are to be lived in relation to our stakeholder communities.

Living our promises

We live our promises through the actions we take, and our three key focus areas support our role in promoting visibility and the rights of LGBTIQ+ people globally.

Partner alignment with values

Through the questions we ask and the information we collect we assess the degree of alignment of each partner’s values with those of our own.

Openness and Transparency

The purpose of our shared Ethical Charter is to serve as a compass
for our people to make decisions that are aligned with our vision, values,
principles and promises. Decisions we can feel confident about.

Principal partner

American Express

American Express’ dedicated PRIDE+ Network is committed to raising awareness and advancing changes that allow all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, to be respected and valued. Through this new partnership, American Express looks forward to bringing these values and actions into the wider community.

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Strategic partner

  • NSW Government

    NSW Government

    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.

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Government partner

  • City of Sydney

    City of Sydney

    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.

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Premier Network partner

Optus

Optus has long supported and empowered their LGBTQIA+ employees to foster greater inclusion through visibility, awareness and support and be a place where their people can bring their full selves to work. Internally Optus has an employee-led volunteer group called Express Yourself that was formed by a team of passionate employees advocating for Marriage Equality in Australia.

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Major media partner

ABC

The ABC is proud to be the host broadcaster of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride, having always championed on-screen representation of the LGBTQIA+ community in Australia, including being the first broadcaster to televise the Mardi Gras parade in 1994. 


Major partners

  • Deloitte

    Deloitte

    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.

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  • Little Creatures

    Little Creatures

    The partnership between Little Creatures and Mardi Gras reflects the brand’s passion for connecting with consumers and contributing to community and culture in a positive, vibrant and sociable way – the way that Sydney Mardi Gras has been doing so for over 43 years.

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  • Meta

    Meta

    As part of an ongoing partnership, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Meta Australia announced earlier this year the return of the Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Events Grants program; an initiative to support hospitality venues, small businesses, and LGBTQIA+ artists and performers around Australia.

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  • Minter Ellison

    Minter Ellison

    Minter Ellison has proudly been the pro bono legal adviser for Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for over 20 years. As a law firm, the activities and services of Minter Ellison contribute to the positive wellbeing of all its people, clients and communities. 

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  • Procter and Gamble

    Procter and Gamble

    P&G is a proud partner of SGLMG since 2021, and continuing through to 2025 at least, in parallel includes annual sponsorship of Minus18 with objective to leverage P&G reach alongside SGLMG and Minus18 community expertise to educate and support the LGBTQIA+ youth of Australia.

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  • Qantas

    Qantas

    Qantas wants 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.

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  • TikTok

    TikTok

    TikTok is proud and honoured to be partnering with The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2021. The foundation of TikTok has always been about providing a place for people to express their ideas through creative, joyful and engaging content. The result is a vibrant, inclusive, global community that celebrates and embraces diversity and self-expression.

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  • W Hotels

    W Hotels

    W Hotels celebrates Pride with three-year Mardi Gras sponsorship. As part of celebrations in 2022, 2023, and 2024, W Hotels will host a variety of experiences to celebrate diversity and inclusion – values that the company are intrinsic to them.

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Supporting partners

  • Absolut

    Absolut

    Since the early 1980s, Absolut has been a devoted and proud ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrating equal love and freedom of self-expression.

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  • Archie Rose

    Archie Rose

    Archie Rose is back as the now three year Official Gin Partner to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and WorldPride Sydney 2023. For 2022 Parade, Archie Rose turned the Sydney Cricket Ground into a cocktail-lovers paradise, with two gin and Australian botanical based Canned Cocktails and Signature Dry Gin available to party-goers throughout the evening.

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  • Canva

    Canva

    Diversity and inclusion are an incredibly important part of Canva’s mission to empower the world to design, and its value as a company to be a force for good. Its global team has rapidly grown to more than 2,5000 people and the richness of its culture relies on having dynamic and varied personalities of all backgrounds throughout the organization.

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  • Oreo

    Oreo

    OREO is committed to nurturing greater visibility, acceptance and belonging for LGBTIQIA+ communities globally, and is now the Official Snacking Partner of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride 2023.

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  • Red Bull

    Red Bull

    Red Bull Australia has been working with Mardi Gras since 2017, with its foundational support of the festival’s outstanding Ballroom culture event Sissy Ball. Red Bull is also a cornerstone partner/supporter of other LGBTQIA+ events including Heaps Gay and Poof Doof, along with venues like Universal, the Stonewall Hotel, Connections Nightclub in Perth and the […]

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  • Squealing Pig

    Squealing Pig

    Squealing Pig, the official wine partner of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras , celebrates the diversity of the LGBTQIA+ community and believes that our strength comes from our vast and varied backgrounds, ideas, cultures, genders and voices.

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  • Sydney’s Airport

    Sydney’s Airport

    Sydney’s Aiport is an official supporting partner of Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2022.

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Media partner

oOh!media

oOh!media has become the official Out of Home media partner for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride 2023 after signing an exclusive three-year partnership.

Festival partners

Art Gallery NSW

Art Gallery NSW’s mission is to serve the widest possible audience as a centre of excellence for the collection, preservation, documentation, interpretation and display of Australian and international art, and a forum of scholarship, art education and the exchange of ideas. 

Queer Screen

A celebration of the diversity of sexualities and gender identities through queer storytelling on screen, by inclusive and respectful communities full of creativity, inspiration and pride.

National Art School

In 2022 NAS celebrates 100 years teaching art at this location, but its history dates back to 1843, when regular art classes were held by John Skinner Prout at the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts in Pitt Street, Sydney.

The Potts Point Partnership

The Potts Point Partnership is the local business and community Chamber of Commerce supporting and promoting businesses in Potts Point, Kings Cross, Elizabeth Bay, Rushcutters Bay and Woolloomooloo. The second most densely populated urban area in Australia.

The Darlinghurst Business Partnership

The Darlinghurst Business Partnership is a volunteer, members-based organisation focusing on marketing, advocacy and business development in the greater Darlinghurst area. They have a dedicated DoDarlo website to showcase local independent, creative businesses.

Community partners

ACON

Established in 1985, ACON’s early years were defined by our communities coming together to respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in NSW, and ACON remains committed to ending HIV for everyone.

Out For Australia

Out For Australia is an organisation that provides role models, mentors, events and support to aspiring LGBTIQA+ professionals.

Rainbow Families

Rainbow Families Inc is the peak organisation supporting LGBTQ+ parents and their children.

Minus18

Minus18 is leading change, building social inclusion, and advocating for an Australia where all young people are safe, empowered, and surrounded by people that support them.

Blaq

BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation is committed to empowering the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQ+ community through innovation, inclusion, understanding and advocacy.

People with Disability Australia

People with Disability Australia is a national disability rights, advocacy and representative organisation that is made up of, led and governed by people with disability.

Equality Australia

Equality Australia’s work ensures that LGBTIQ+ people are equal in Australia. We share information and resources to support LGBTIQ+ people.

Twenty10

Twenty10 provides a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support.

ANTRA

Australia & New Zealand Tongzhi Rainbow Alliance Inc. (ANTRA) point-of-contact and support for Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking LGBTQIA+ community members, particularly migrants, international students and other newly arrived diasporas.

Proud members of

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia

LGBTIQ+ Health Australia was born out of a growing need for a more holistic view of LGBTIQ+ health and wellbeing.

Australian Festival Association

The Australian Festival Association (AFA) was formed to represent the shared interests and importance of the Australian festival industry.

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Acknowledgement

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we celebrate and work.

We pay our respects to Elders past and present and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

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Acknowledgement of country

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras acknowledges that our events take place on Aboriginal land. We acknowledge the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidigal, Darug and Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.