The lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities make a vital contribution to the life of our city. It is a resilient and vibrant community that has made substantial gains over the past four decades - homosexual law reform and anti-discrimination laws, action on anti-gay violence and legal recognition of same sex relationships.
Full equality, including marriage equality, is still to be achieved. Many lesbians and gay men still face discrimination in the workplace, at school and in some families. LGBTQI Australians are six times more likely to take their own lives than other Australians.
Fighting for equal rights
For more than 30 years, Clover Moore has worked with LGBTQI communities to fight for equality and to challenge the inaction of the major parties. She was the first Councillor to publicly support the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in the 1980s and the first Member of the Legislative Assembly to march in the Parade in 1992.
Clover’s 1993 Homosexual Anti-Vilification Bill became law and made it illegal to incite hatred of gay men and lesbians. Her 1997 Significant Personal Relationships Bill was blocked in NSW, but became the model for Tasmanian and Victorian laws. Her same sex adoption reform in 2000 gained no support in Parliament, but she finally got majority support for it through a conscience vote in 2010.
Flying the rainbow flag at Town Hall
Every year during Mardi Gras we fly the Rainbow Flag over Town Hall. It joins the 200 rainbow banners flown along Oxford and Flinders Street since 2005 and the giant Rainbow Flag at Taylor Square. These symbols help to make clear that Sydney is an inclusive, welcoming, LGBTQI friendly city and that we are proud supporters of our LGBTQI community.
The City is a major sponsor of Mardi Gras and provides leadership on LGBTQI issues by supporting community organisations and safety programs, particularly via our grants and LGBTQI project coordinator.