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Intensive and aggressive policing at Mardi Gras events

A report into three 2023 Sydney World Pride and Mardi Gras events found policing to be ‘intensive and aggressive’. The Inner City Legal Centre commissioned the report from researchers from UNSW Sydney, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle. They sifted through both police reports and observations made by Fair Play volunteers. The …

Ann-Marie Calilhanna: Capturing Mardi Gras for 20 Years

Much-loved photographer, Ann-Marie Calilhanna has dedicated over 22 years to documenting the vibrant Sydney LGBTQIA+ community.  The Woman Behind the Camera Ann-Marie Calilhanna is one of our community’s most accomplished photographers. As a gay woman herself, she has served as an official accredited photographer for the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival for more …

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Arrests after flares let off near NSW Premier

Police made multiple arrests after protestors let off flares ahead of NSW Premier Chris Minns marching in the Rainbow Labor float at tonight’s Mardi Gras Parade. The Rainbow Labor float included NSW Premier Chris Minns plus Member for Sydney and Minister for the Environment Tanya Plibersek. The incident occurred just after 9.30 p.m.. “Queer solidarity …

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HOPE OVER FEAR: change, grief & police in Mardi Gras

Veteran LGBTIQA advocate and a past victim of police violence, Rodney Croome, reflects on change, grief and police in Mardi Gras. Rodney Croome is a longtime LGBTIQA+ advocate. These are his personal views. I’ve endured my fair share of police abuse. Not long after coming out, I was arrested along with many others for staffing …

Ben Bjarnesen (right) wearing a LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation shirt against a Mardi Gras backdrop

Ben Bjarnesen’s DV charity to march in Mardi Gras Parade

The LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Foundation will bring an important message to Sydney’s Mardi Gras Parade with their first float on Saturday night. Queensland campaigner Ben Bjarnesen (above right), founded the charity in 2020. Each year on May 28, the charity recognises LGBTQ Domestic Violence Awareness Day. Ben, a domestic violence survivor himself, said the …

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Qantas honours crew member Luke Davies on Mardi Gras float

Qantas will honour the life of flight attendant Luke Davies in Saturday night’s Mardi Gras Parade after the murder of Luke and his partner Jesse Baird rocked Sydney’s queer community last week. Luke began flying with Qantas in Brisbane in 2022 and last year moved to Sydney to work as a flight attendant on international …

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Agreement reached: cops will march

NSW cops will march in Saturday night’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras after agreement was reached that they could participate out of uniform. The Mardi Gras Board said in a statement that negotiations with the police resulted in an agreement that they would march out of uniform. The statement also referred to the formation …

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“Haters like to hate” NSW Police Commissioner facing backlash

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb has faced significant criticism  following the alleged murders of Jesse Baird and Luke Davies.  This criticism came to a head on Tuesday, with the Mardi Gras board officially rescinding the invitation of the police to march in uniform in Saturday’s parade. However, as of Wednesday, the board is allowing officers …

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Brian Greig on the ‘disinviting’ of NSW Police

Former federal senator and veteran LGBTI advocate Brian Greig on the ‘disinviting’ of NSW Police from the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. For those who don’t live in Sydney, yesterday’s announcement that NSW police will be barred from marching in the Mardi Gras this year must seem baffling. How does the tragic murder …

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NSW Police uninvited from Sydney Mardi Gras parade

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has disinvited the NSW Police from marching in Saturday’s Sydney Mardi Gras parade. A NSW Police spokesperson described the organisation as disappointed by the decision. “The NSW Police Force has been advised that the board of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras decided to withdraw the invitation … …

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