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Fri Feb 17 - Sun Jul 2

Fri Feb 17 - Sun Jul 2

Fabulously fierce! Experience LGBTQIA+ Sydney, from fighting for our lives, to defiantly queer Mardi Gras.

Drawing from the City of Sydney’s archives, Jacqui North curates this exhibition. Experience life as seen through the lens of C. Moore Hardy and other social documentary and queer photographers.

Celebrating 45 years of community-led social change, Liberate! provides insight into significant social issues and events. Witness the creation of queer organisations and world-leading HIV education campaigns; the thirteen-year struggle for marriage equality and the historic and monumental win.

C. Moore Hardy writes, “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, the photographs in this exhibition reveal “the vibrancy, diversity, subversiveness and fabulousness of queer life and community” says C. Moore Hardy.

Come and share dance floor memories and 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

On Saturday 18 February meet the artists, activists, and creatives at a panel discussion. Share the history-making moments in the city and streets where it all took place.

Exhibition Creative Producer: Jacqui North
Exhibition Design: Leveur Design
Image: Lesbians as Lemons, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, 1997, C.Moore Hardy, City of Sydney Archives, A-00065692

Opening Hours:
Monday to Saturday 9am to 8pm
Sundays 9am to 5pm

Tickets : Free
31 Alfred Street Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia

Level building access entrance: +3 steps to front entrance or use 2 ramps with handrails. +7 steps to the rear entrance. +There is a lift inside the building. +1 mobility parking space at 45-54 Pitt Street, Sydney, around 300m from the venue.

Heritage listed, Customs House sits on the harbour shoreline at Circular Quay. It houses a public library with a collection of over 50,000 items. Use our relaxed lounge areas to read, chill and recharge. We also have spaces available to study, meet and work. At the tourist information desk, you can ask about maps, brochures, and information about activities to enjoy in the city. While you’re here, plan your own self-guided walking tour. Some start at Customs House.

Recommended for age 15 years and up


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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.