Sydney Pride Festival 2017


A festival of LGBTI Art, Cinema, Trivia, Debates, Sports, Fundraising Activities and Club Events across Sydney.

What's On!

9th Jun

Sydney PRIDE Festival Launch
Stonewall Hotel


Sydney Pride Opening night
Priscilla Show

The Imperial Hotel

Bears On Friday

Sat 10th

The Three Sisters Social Group
36th Annual Queens Birthday Weekend Disco

Queer and Alternative
presented by My Rainbow Network
Stonewall Hotel

Belle and the Beasts
Stonewall Hotel

Sun 11th

The Three Sisters Social Group
Fabulous Fifties
36th Annual Queens Birthday Weekend Costume Ball

PRIDE MARCH against Trump & Turnbull
Global Day of Action

Heaps Gay for VIVID

CHiCK Warrior Queen


Men Only

Bears at the Bank
Bank Hotel Upstairs

Mon 12th

Orlando Rememberence Day
Taylor Sq




Beresford Hotel

Tues 13th

Karaoke Fundraiser
Stonewall Hotel

Wed 14th

Breko's Trivia
Hollywood Hotel



Thurs 15th

Trans Sydney Pride presents
Sydney Pride Short Stories
A Celebration
Stonewall Hotel

ARQ Thursdays
ARQ Nightclub

Fruits In Suits
Beresford Hotel

Fri 16th

Frigay Pride Edition
The Imperial Hotel

Bears On Friday

Forbidden Sydney
Walking Tour
Sydney Urban Adventures

Sat 17th

Kinky Boots
Capital Theatre

I Love You Now
9th Jun - 9th Jul
Eternity Theatre

Hidden Sydney
The Nevada at World Bar

Sun 18th

OutStanding Short Stories
Stonewall DIVA Bar

Pollys Follies Fundraiser
Stonewall Hotel


Kinky Boots
Charity Beyond Blue

Capitol Theatre


Bears at the Bank
Bank Hotel Upstairs


Laneway . Hill Street
A Photographic Exhibition
Beresford Hotel

Mon 19th

Trivia Night
Stonewall Hotel

Laneway . Hill Street
A Photographic Exhibition
Beresford Hotel

Tues 20th

Trivia Tuesday PRIDE Edition
Midnight Shift


Laneway . Hill Street
A Photographic Exhibition
Beresford Hotel

Weds 21st

Conscious Dating Co
Sydney Gays


Kinky Boots
Capital Theatre

I Love You Now
9th Jun - 9th Jul
Eternity Theatre

Laneway . Hill Street
A Photographic Exhibition
Beresford Hotel

Thurs 22nd

Boys Bar Up Fundraiser
Stonewall Hotel


Laneway . Hill Street
A Photographic Exhibition
Beresford Hotel

Fri 23rd

Orgy Of Drag
Stonewall Hotel

Bush Dance 2017
Southern Cross Outdoors Group
Petersham Town Hall

Frigay Pride Edition
The Imperial Hotel

Bears On Friday

Sat 24th

Aurora Dinner
Mad Hatters Tea Party

Sold Out


SFR Gay Pride Festival Run
Centennial Park


78er's - The First Mardi Gras
40th Anniversary Gathering
Planning for Mardi Gras 2018

78er's and Friends Mardi Gras Walking Tour

Disco Winter Wonderland
Green Park Hotel


Rugger Bugger
Out of this World
Midnight Shift

Pride Art Exhibition
Prize Presentations
Tap Gallery 5pm

Making Rainbow Families
An ACON Presentation

Sun 25th

Big Balls Out & Laser Tag
Darling Harbour

 Beresford Sundays
Charity Fundraiser


Queers As Fuck
Frankies Pizza Bar


Bears at the Bank
Bank Hotel Upstairs

Mon 26th

Q & A night at Hayes Theatre
Only Heaven Knows

Tues 27th

Bingo With Balls
Stonewall Hotel


Kinselas Hotel

Weds 28th

Mega Malebox Riot 69 Party
Sydney Pride Festival Closing parties
Stonewall Hotel

Belloccio Stonewall Dinner
Belloccio Restaurant

Claires Pop Up Petit Cabaret
Ben Noir @ Claire's Kitchen

Sydney Pride Festival Proudly Supported By:

Star Observer more to come....

A PRIDE History

PRIDE History

After the Stonewall riots in 1969, many LGBT people—even those that did not witness the rebellion—were inspired to contribute to the cause. Gay rights had entered the national spotlight. LGBT people began organizing, protesting and mobilizing. On July 4, 1969, a year after the Stonewall riots, the Mattachine Society along with Frank Kameny, Craig Rodwell, Randy Wicker, Barbara Gittings, Kay Lahusen and many others, picketed in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia in what was called the Annual Reminder. The protest was quiet and organized to the dismay of Craig Rodwell who felt Frank Kemeny and Mattachine's methods of calm protest were not enough.
Rodwell returned to New York City and organized Christopher Street Liberation Day. The march, held on June 28, 1970, was the first gay pride march in the U.S., covering 51 blocks from Christopher Street to Central Park. Today, LGBT pride parades and festivals are held annually in multiple cities and countries throughout the world. The month of June is widely considered Gay Pride Month.

Sydney PRIDE History

The first Mardi Gras was held on 24 June 1978 at 10 pm as a night-time celebration following a morning protest march and commemoration of the Stonewall Riots More than 500 people moved down Oxford St, 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 the organizers had obtained permission, this was revoked, and the march was broken up by the police. 53 of the marchers were arrested although most charges were eventually dropped, the Sydney Morning Herald published the names of those arrested in full, leading to many people being outed to their friends and places of employment, and many of those arrested lost their jobs as homosexuality was a crime in New South Wales (NSW) until 1984

The Mardi Gras Parade occurred again in 1979, and was attended by 3000 people. While there was a large police presence, there were no arrests made. In 1980, no Parade was held, but following community consultation, decisions were made to move the parade to the summer. In 1981 the parade was shifted to February, with the name changed to the "Sydney Gay Mardi Gras an increasingly large number of people not only participated in the now summertime event, but a crowd of 5000 came to watch it. The mid 1980s saw considerable pressure placed to the Mardi Gras Committee following media controversy regarding AIDS. Despite calls for the Parade and Party to be banned, the Parade went ahead with theme “Fighting for Our Lives”.

The first giant post-parade party was held in 1982, which 4000 people attended. This would continue to become an integral part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. In 1988 the parade was renamed the "Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras" at an Extraordinary General Meeting.

By 1993, the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade had become the largest night time outdoor parade in the world. Mardi Gras' Economic Impact Study found that Mardi Gras' total impact into the Australian economy was around $38 million Sydney Mardi Gras is one of the biggest GLBT Celebrations in the World and 2011 was attended by record crowds.

A Word

The Sydney Pride Festival 2017 - Together We Can will launch at Stonewall Hotel on Friday 9th June and run until the 28th June. This year’s Pride theme is Together We Can!.

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.

We will pass on the history and learn from it and work towards more acceptance. This is Pride! The Sydney Pride Festival is a special time for the LGBTQI community as we remember the history and celebrate the present and look forward to a day when everyone is Equal. Sydney Pride Festival is a not for profit event which supports a wide range of LGBTQI Charities, Organizations and businesses.

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.
This is a time to remember The History of the Stonewall Riots and the beginning of Gay liberation as we know it.
The Sydney Pride festival is dedicated to those that lead the way back in 1969 who fought for equality and human rights and the incredible strength of our friends who marched in the first Sydney Mardi Gras in 1978. Homosexuality is still illegal in many countries and the right to love and the choice to marry our partners in Australia still evades us. 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. The Sydney Pride Festival would like to thank the volunteers, event organizers, sponsors and LGBTQI community and our straight friends for all their support.

Calling on all LGBTQI people and their friends to make a difference together. Enjoy the festivities!


Festival Organiser

Contact Sydney Pride

Calling on all our LGBTQI friends and supporters
to Stand Strong and together we can make a difference.

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