Experience LGBTIQA+ Sydney, from ﬁghting for our lives, to deﬁantly queer Mardi Gras.
Celebrating 45 years of community-led social change, Liberate! highlights significant social issues and events; the creation of queer organisations and world-leading HIV education campaigns; the thirteen-year struggle for marriage equality and the historic and monumental win.
Creative Producer, Jacqui North has curated an exhibition featuring life as seen through the lens of LGBTIQA+, First Nations and social documentary photographers; Aman Kapoor, C.Moore Hardy, Jamie James, Joseph Mayers, Mazz Image, Paul van Reyk, Peter Elfes, Sally Colechin and Sarah Malone. Exhibition design by Leuver Design.
Come and share dance ﬂoor memories, chant with us at all our rallies, and support today’s drive for freedom of gender expression against attempts to discriminate and divide.
Wonderful memories. We were so lucky, I made many of the closest friends of my life.
– Rob Patmore, Mardi Gras President, 1995
‘Stop police attacks on gay, women and blacks’ was a very regular chant… It was mass deﬁance, it was exhilarating... but we were marching into danger.
– Dianne Minnis, lesbian 1978er, First Mardi Gras
We fought for human rights whilst being abused on the streets. As Australians we have many rights, although we need to stay vigilant. Featuring lesbian, First Nations, trans and gender-diverse communities, this exhibition reveals the vibrancy, diversity, subversiveness and fabulousness of queer life and community.
– C.Moore Hardy, queer photographer
On Saturday 18 February 2023 meet the queer artists, activists, and creatives at a panel discussion. Share the history-making moments in the city and streets where it all took place.
Where: Customs House, 31 Alfred Street Sydney
When: 12 noon to 3pm FREE
WorldPride Arts, part of the Sydney WorldPride festival
Moogahlin Performing Arts: Koori Gras Black Nulla Cabaret 2019, Photo Jamie James
We love our trans kids 2022, Photo Aman Kapoor
Mardi Gras Party 1990, Photo Peter Elfes
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Mardi Gras 2018, Photo C. Moore Hardy