beyond the festival
Continue to be the person you are once the festival is over by finding ways to stay connected
Get support and advice
No matter where you’re from, who you are, or what you like to do for fun your community is here for you! Getting involved in groups is a great way to connect and meet like-minded folk or get support during a tough time. The list below includes some groups based Sydney and wider Australia.
ACON is Australia’s largest community health, inclusion and HIV response organisation for people of diverse sexualities and genders. ACON’s head office is in Sydney and they also have offices in regional centres across New South Wales, providing services and programs locally, state-wide and nationally. Visit their website to learn more about the many services ACON provides.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND TONGZHI RAINBOW ALLIANCE
ANTRA is a community-led organisation, founded to become a point-of-contact and support for Mandarin- and Cantonese-speaking LGBTQIA+ community members in Australia and New Zealand, particularly migrants, international students and other newly arrived diasporas.
澳纽彩盟由志愿者委员们策划、筹备和实行。 澳纽彩盟 旨在为澳大利亚以及新西兰地区的华语同志 (LGBTQIA+) 人群提供一个交流、互助和支持的平台，並持续建立一个积极健康的华语同志社群集合平台。目前，我们各平台的会员及群人数共计多达兩千人
Australian Asexuals was founded by members of the Sydney asexual social group. They aim to remind everyone that although asexuality could fall under the queer banner, they are a large enough and unique enough group to be acknowledged in their own right. They also hope to connect the wider Australian asexual community together, linking communication within the smaller groups around the country.
Bi+ Australia’s mission is to support people who are attracted to more than one gender and enhance the understanding, acceptance, inclusion and celebration of bisexuality and pansexuality. They also provide one-on-one counselling for bi+ people and people who are questioning their attraction/sexuality.
Black Rainbow is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer, Sistergirl and Brotherboy (LGBQTI+SB) organisation in the pursuit of positive health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Lesbian
BlaQ Aboriginal Corporation is committed to empowering the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQ+ community through innovation, inclusion, understanding and advocacy.
Bobby Goldsmith Foundation
The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is Australia’s oldest HIV charity. Established in 1984 when a group of friends got together to give their dying mate Bobby Goldsmith the care he needed in the comfort of his home, BGF has gone on to provide that same individualised care to thousands of Australians. BGF has no political or religious affiliations, just a deep-seated desire to help people live well on their terms through practical, tailored assistance.
Dayenu exists to support the needs of Jewish gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals, trangender and intersex people as well as their friends, family, partners and other supporters. They provide outreach through education, information, resources, social activities and other events.
Dykes on Bikes
Dykes on Bikes is a group of lesbian riders that get together to socialise, have fun and ride motorbikes. Australia’s longest running female-identified motorcycle club, and one of the countries oldest LGBTQIA+ community groups.
Equality Australia exists to improve the wellbeing and circumstances of LGBTQIA+ people in Australia and their families. They work with gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people to build the power, voices and influence of communities to address their suffering.
First Mardi Gras
First Mardi Gras represents 78ers – the participants in the first Mardi Gras parade and subsequent protests. First Mardi Gras’ objectives are to celebrate our history, inspire our community and fight for our future.
First Nations Rainbow
First Nations Rainbow is a new group bringing together Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander people who identify as brother boys, sister girls, LGBTQIA+ or questioning their sexuality or gender identity.
The Gender Centre Inc
The Gender Centre Inc is a NSW wide multidisciplinary centre providing a broad range of specialised services that enables the exploration of gender identity and assistance with the alleviation of gender dysphoria. They support trans and gender expressive people at every stage of their journey as they explore and live their authentic sense of self.
Inner City Legal Centre
The Inner City Legal Centre provides innovative, empowering and high quality legal services through advice, representation, education and advocacy.
Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
A lobby organisation fighting to protect and promote the rights of lesbians, gay men and their families living in New South Wales.
Intersex Human Rights Australia
Intersex people are born with physical sex characteristics that don’t fit medical norms for female or male bodies. Intersex Human Rights Australia is a national body by and for people with intersex variations. They promote human rights and bodily autonomy for intersex people, and provide information, education and peer support.
Lemons with a Twist
Lemons with a Twist is a monthly function run by The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Business Association and is the premier event in Sydney for lesbians who network.
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia
LGBTIQ+ Health Australia is the national peak health organisation in Australia for organisations and individuals that provide health-related programs, services and research focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer people and other sexuality and gender diverse (LGBTIQ+) people and communities.
Order of Perpetual Indulgence
The Sydney house of The Order Of Perpetual Indulgence is an anarchistic, not for profit, collective of gay male nuns and female clergy, supporting people’s natural right to live and love whomever they wish, in the way that is natural for them. Founded in 1981, the Sydney House is the second oldest house after the San Franciscan House.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
A non-profit voluntary organisation whose members have a common goal of keeping families together. PFLAG is here to give help, support and information to families, friends of all gay people.
Positive Life NSW
Positive Life NSW works to promote a positive image of people living with and affected by HIV with the aim of eliminating prejudice, isolation, stigmatisation and discrimination.
Queer Screen is a not-for-profit community organisation who run a year-round slate of screenings, workshops and events for GLBTIQ filmmakers, audiences and the community at large, including the Mardi Gras Film Festival, Queer Screen Film Fest, My Queer Career and queerDoc.
Queers in Science
Queers In Science aims to build community and improve support for LGBTQIA+ people working in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) in Australia.
Rainbodhi LGBTQIA+ Buddhist Community
Rainbodhi is a Buddhist friendship group offering meditation and teachings in a safe, supportive environment. Rainbodhi is non-sectarian and welcomes everyone regardless of race, gender, sexuality or faith.
Rainbow Recovery Club
If you’re not living too well with alcohol, drugs, or other compulsive behaviour, the Rainbow Recovery Club hosts a range of 12-steps fellowships for Sydney’s GLBTQI+ communities.
SheQu empowers LGBT+ women and non-binary people from ethnic backgrounds. Their events include speed friending, picnics, script writing workshops, financial literacy/wellbeing classes, plus speaking workshops and more.
Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the professional support and development of members of the LGBT+ community throughout Sydney.
Sydney Queer Irish
For Irish people residing or passing thru Sydney who identify as LGBTQI or just left of centre. Holds various events through out the year.
Sydney Queer Muslims
A non-profit organisation for LGBT Muslims by LGBT Mulims, dedicated to providing social support, education and resources to individuals and families in NSW.
Team Sydney is the premier group for gay and lesbian sport in Sydney, working with clubs, sports and individuals to grow and nurture their membership and supporter base. They also connect individuals and clubs within their network.
The Aurora Group
Aurora is a NSW based charity raising funds to disburse to organisations providing much-needed support and services to the many different facets of the LGBTIQ community. The group puts on the very successful Aurora Ball each year.
Trans Pride Australia
Trans Pride Australia’s vision is for all trans and gender diverse people to live their best possible life. They create a safe and supporting space to connect with other trans and gender diverse people, act as a channel for support/services, and promote visibility/awareness of trans/gender diverse matters in the general community.
Transcend was founded in 2012 as the first parent-led peer support network for the families of transgender children in Australia. Transcend is working towards a world where trans, gender diverse and non-binary children are embraced and given every opportunity thrive and flourish.
Trikone is a community group for people of South Asian descent who identify as LBGTQI+ living in Australia. South Asians affiliated with Trikone Australia trace their ethnicities to one of the following nations: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Fiji, India, Maldives, Mauritius, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Tibet.
Twenty10 inc. GLCS
Twenty10 works across New South Wales providing a broad range of specialised services for young people 12-25 including housing, mental health, counselling and social support. The Gay & Lesbian Councilling Service provides social support and for people of all ages. Telephone support and webchat is available as the NSW provider for the national QLife project.