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Sydneysiders celebrate as city to host 2023 WorldPride

More than a thousand exciting and brilliant attendees dressed in colorful T-shirts gathered at the Sydney Opera House to launch WorldPride next year.
A global festival celebrating sexual diversity held in various cities since 2000, WorldPride has chosen Sydney as its 2023 host to mark 45 years since the city made its first Mardi Gras Australia march on June 12, 1978.

The launch was surrounded by the flamboyant train of the queen raising flags, feathers and fans, sacrificing activists before they were made.

On Friday, Dianne Minnis, a participant in the first Mardi Gras that ended with police arresting 53 people, recalled her generation of activists who paved the way for mainstream LGBTIQ + acceptance.

He told the crowd: “Who would have thought we would still be here 44 years later?”

“Let’s remember the huge increase in activists who followed the first Mardi Gras,” he said, referring to the NSW abolishing the criminalization of homosexuality laws in 1984.

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Participants dressed in the vibrant colors of the LGBTIQ + flag at the Sydney Opera House on Friday. Source: AAP / WHITE BRANDS

Taking place in February, Sydney WorldPride will run for three weeks with 300 events scheduled. NSW Arts Minister Ben Franklin said the festival is expected to generate millions for the economy.

“With the budget announced this week, we will set aside three and a half million [dollars] in Pride Village that will be the heart of WorldPride, “he said.
Mr. Franklin said beyond its financial benefits, the event is also important for the younger generation facing sexuality.

“You’re standing and they’ll see you,” he said.

For Naomi Palmer, a 53-year-old organizer with Dykes on Bikes, Sydney celebrations as a keer friendly city are important.
“It’s all about who you are and where you come from,” he said.
Dykes on Bikes Sydney is the longest motorcycle club in Australia and started helping gay men on Oxford Street in Sydney who have been battling violence for decades.
“We fought a lot in the’ 80s and ’90s and that we can actually stand on the steps of the Opera House in our proud colors and be who we are is great,” he said.

“We’re there, we’re keer, familiar with it.”

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