It has been a long and difficult year for Australians – one that has tested our spirits and our resolve.
As LGBTQI+ people, we know there is great power to be found when people come together.
We can help lift each other up. We can help each other rise.
There are countless stories of people rising every day. Rising to the challenge of being our true selves, of loving who we love and of discovering our own identities.
Through our theme, Rise, we are uplifting the voices of our vibrant community and sharing stories. Here we share ten stories of rising stars and unsung heroes. They are at the forefront of the fight for equality. Through their commitment to support others, they are making a difference in their communities.
All share the message that rise is a call to action. There is a lot left to fight for.
Click on each image below to see their inspiring stories
We want to hear from you!
What are you rising for in 2021?
Share what you rise for on social using #WeRiseFor
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.