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This means Sydney will become the first destination in the Southern Hemisphere to host WorldPride, the marquee international LGBTQI pride event.
WorldPride 2023 will coincide with the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade and the 50th Anniversary of the first Australian Gay Pride Week.
Hosting WorldPride 2023 is about much more than Sydney and Australia. It's about the Asia-Pacific, one of InterPride’s most diverse regions that is home to 60% of the world’s population, yet too often overlooked and under-represented. Many LGBTQI communities within this region are denied fundamental human rights.
Sydney WorldPride 2023 will be the global event that unites LGBTIQ communities and Prides from across the world and brings them to Asia Pacific. Together, we will listen and learn from some of the most isolated LGBTIQ+ communities in the world, celebrate as one and show bold leadership as activists into the future.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras presented our bid for the biennial event to members of InterPride at their AGM in Athens in October 2019.
The inaugural WorldPride was held in Rome in 2000. Cities which have hosted WorldPride since 2000 include Jerusalem, London, Toronto and Madrid.
Our WorldPride 2023 bid happened with the support of the NSW Government, Tourism Australia, the City of Sydney, ANZ, QANTAS and OUTtv.