Telecommunications company Optus has been named as the Premier Network partner with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2022 and 2024, and Sydney WorldPride 2023.

Optus Managing Director Marketing and Revenue Matt Williams said: “It is thrilling to announce our support of Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride 2023 at a time when embracing and celebrating diversity and individuality is more important than ever. It’s been a tough two years locally and globally, and we know the optimism that comes from one of the most important and renowned international pride festivals. The theme, United We Shine, is absolutely the tonic needed as the world gradually begins to open up.”

Sydney WorldPride CEO Kate Wickett commented: “As we see the human rights of LGBTQIA+ people challenged and often eroded around the world it’s critical that partners like Optus stand with the community and make their voices heard through corporate leadership. It’s important because it also sends a message to Optus employees and customers that they truly celebrate and welcome diversity. We are so excited to partner with Optus and look forward to presenting an unforgettable WorldPride with them”.

Albert Kruger CEO Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras added: “Connection helps build community and this is one of the key roles Mardi Gras plays. We connect people to form a strong and resilient LGBTQIA+ community. Together, as a united community we then have the strength to push for equality. We’re incredibly pleased to have Optus join us as our partner, to help us further connect with LGBTQIA+ people across Australia”.

Optus will also be supporting Queer Screen which is part of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival program.

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.