Rainbow Champions

From high-profile figures to grass-roots change-makers, Sydney WorldPride will be celebrating 45 influential figures from across Australia’s diverse LGBTQIA+ extended family. These 45 Rainbow Champions represent the 45 years since the first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which took place on 24 June 1978. 

Each Rainbow Champion has been chosen for their contributions to Australian LGBTQIA+ community and culture. For the rest of the year, we will make our way around Australia to meet all the Rainbow Champions. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.

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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.