The Sydney Pride Festival 2018 will launch at Stonewall Hotel on Friday 8th June and run until the 30th June. This year’s Pride theme is “True Colours!”

“The Pioneers have lead the way and fought for our rights and it is time for all of us to come together to move forward and create the future,” says festival organiser Glenn.

The first Sydney Mardi Gras was held on June 24, 1978 as a celebration following a morning protest march and commemoration of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in the Greenwich Village area of New York City.

The riots were a series of violent demonstrations by members of the LGBTQI community against a police raid, an event widely considered as the catalyst for the gay liberation movement in the United States.

More than 500 people moved down Oxford Street, calling for an end to discrimination against homosexuals in employment and housing, an end to police harassment and the repeal of all anti-homosexual laws. Although permission for the march was granted by organizers, this was revoked and the march was shut down by police.

Twenty years on and our society has progressed significantly, but there is still a long way to go.

“The Sydney Pride Festival is a time for us to stand strong with our community, family and friends. The festival will feature Art, Cinema, Trivia, Debates, Sports, Fundraising activities and Club events across Sydney.”

Mardi Gras 2012. Photo credit: Ann Marie.

“Homosexuality is still illegal in many countries and the right to love and the choice to marry our partners in Australia still evades us,” says Glenn.

This Sydney Pride festival will include events throughout Sydney that are fun and affordable for everyone. The events will raise much-needed funds for Charity and showcase our community and achievements.

“The Sydney Pride festival is a time for us to stand strong with our community, family and friends. The festival will feature Art, Cinema, Trivia, Debates, Sports, Fundraising activities and Club events across Sydney.”

Sydney Pride Festival runs from June 8 until June 30.

Head to http://www.sydneypride.com/ for more information about the history and significance of the festival, and for all events, parties and exhibitions held throughout June.

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