Daniel McDonald (he/him)

Daniel McDonald is a Gadigal and Wonnarua man who represents Aboriginal art through ‘Deadly Hand Talk.’ He is also dedicated to amplifying the voices of people living with disabilities in the arts and culture sectors.  

He is an LGBTQIA+ Indigenous man living with a disability (Deafness), a member of Sydney Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council and a member of the Inclusion Disability Advisory Panel at Sydney City Council.

To his knowledge, Daniel has been the only deaf Indigenous man living in the Darlinghurst/Paddington area over the past 30 years.  He is proud that locals have been happy to pick up some Auslan Sign language from him.

Daniel is now working as an artist having culturally learnt a style of Aboriginal dot painting from his grandmother and his Aunty Mum Shirl.  Daniel plans to continue delivering his Deadly Hand Talk Exhibition each year, showcasing his evolving style of works, and to continue his contribution to the Arts and Cultural sector as a queer person with a disability.

A photo of a smiling Daniel McDonald wearing an orange puffer vest standing in front of a lighter orange background

Acknowledgement of country

Sydney WorldPride will take place on the lands of the Gadigal, Cammeraygal, Bidjigal, Darug, Dharawal people who are the Traditional Custodians of the Sydney Basin.

We pay our Respects to their Elders past and present. Always was Always will be Aboriginal Land.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.