Everyday the LGBTQIA+ community comes to Meta’s platforms to create connections, share support and adapt their businesses. Since 2016, Meta has been a major partner with Mardi Gras and now Sydney WorldPride presents an incredible opportunity to celebrate Meta’s LGBTQIA+ colleagues and the queer community both online and offline.
To mark Meta Australia returning as a Major Partner of Sydney WorldPride and the Sydney Gay and Lebsian Mardi Gras for 2023, Meta brought back the Sydney WorldPride and Mardi Gras Parade Viewing Event Grants, to support local businesses and unlock economic opportunities for LGBTQIA+ artists and entertainers. The impact of the program over the last two years reached far beyond the businesses themselves, and showed how important it was for Meta to bring back the grants program. Last year, the program generated nearly $400,000 in revenue across 29 venues, which attracted over 6,500 attendees. Not only did these help local businesses, but it unlocked employment opportunities for over 260 staff, who were employed to run the Mardi Gras Parade viewing events, and over 200 performers and artists who secured work thanks to these events. For the Sydney WorldPride edition, the country will be coming alive with Official Viewing Events from Wollongong to Wagga Wagga, Surry Hills to Spring Hill and all the way up to Darwin.