On Friday, June 24, over 1,000 Sydneysiders gathered on the steps of the Sydney Opera House to create a human progress flag. The flag is made up of people wearing coloured tops and was done in honour of the 44th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
THE CITY PREPARES FOR SYDNEY WORLDPRIDE 2023
As Australia prepares to host Sydney WorldPride in 2023, this human progress flag represents a sign of openness and welcome ahead of the celebrations. In 2023, it will be the 50th anniversary of the first Pride Week and the 45th anniversary of the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
With Sydney WorldPride just around the corner, this is your last chance to sign up for pre-sale tickets. With hundreds of events across the city, getting in quickly will be paramount.
Sydney WorldPride is on between February 17 and March 5 with more than 500,000 visitors expected to attend. Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is a must-attend event for LGBTQIA+ visitors and this coming year will host 300 events across the city.
Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney Clover Moore says, “This is a fantastic moment for Sydney. Hosting WorldPride 2023 is an affirmation of our city as a richly diverse and accepting society, open to the world and inclusive of all, and a wonderful opportunity to help our arts, tourism and hospitality sectors that were so hard hit by the Covid pandemic.”
The flag demonstrates the new inclusive Pride flag designed by the non-binary artist Daniel Quasar in 2018. It includes stripes for transgender and gender-diverse people as well as black and brown stripes to represent Black/POC LGBTQIA+ people.