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R U - OK?

Ok this Thursday, 13 September is R U OK ? Day. This national day of action is to remind everyone that any day is the day to ASK R U OK !? But I believe every day should be R U Ok day not just one day of the year, to many people are caught up with their own lives or are just too busy to ask if someone is OK until it’s too late, I hope all my friends & family are OK and if any of you are not OK then Buttercup is always here for you anytime you need a FRIEND to chat to. www.ruok.org.au

There may be a RU OK call in to the radio show - so make sure you tune in for a VERY special guest.

 

So it’s spring time and it’s time to get together with friends at the Pollys club as they present “POLLY-TICKLY INCORRECT” It's the weekend where The Pollys Club Sydney gets really tongue in cheek. We've got naughty nuns, horny showgirls, super-fat sumo wrestlers, lustful Jesus cheerleaders, and at least one hundred references to genitalia of all sorts. Including that triangle thing that women have.
If you don't laugh watching this show, then you're probably an apathetic twat. When: September 15, Where : Marrickville Town Hall , From : 7pm -12am , Prebook via Sticky Tickets (link below) for $25 adult fee or $20 concession (must provide concession card upon entry). Otherwise, it's $30 on the door (cash only) for more info www.thepollysclub.com.au

In other exciting news just after the long weekend Heaven Social Dance on the October 06th will present the final instalment of decades of gayness “ Dec-Gays “ featuring ; Coco Foxx , Danger Del Rey and Miss Conception , From 6pm -12am at Mounties bowling club Fairfield. Only 5 minutes from Fairfield train station, come early have something to eat, socialise and catch up with friends in an awesome environment we have the whole venue to our self to be gay or should I say free gay and happy with a spot show at 9pm and production show at 10pm. $10 entry on the door there’s no excuse not to come out and catch up with friends for more info : www.heavensocialdance.com

 A Public Announcement : The Team At PRIDE RADIO 893FM SYD would like to thank the following people for their donations and their ongoing support to the program they see and understand the importance of an LGBTQI Radio Program. There are a lot of costs involved NOW with air time, Website and Advertising. So a big thank you to the following :

The Polly’s Club - $500

George Cornaia $500

ACON - Gavin Prendergast

$400 & Neil P Mills

$80 all donations are appreciated...

you too can donate to keep us going. Any money not used on the program (Pride Radio) will be donated to charity (if anything changes you need future.) To keep up-to-date with what’s going on with the program check out our Website or our Facebook page. www.prideradio893fm.com

 DRAG GOSSIP ; Which Western Sydney Drag Queen did quit a multi award winning drag show after 2 years for the second time. First time due to a lack of bookings, and pursuing more financially stable drag and makeup work, One year on was it worth it?? The Award - Winning show is bigger and better than a year ago , fingers crossed people do not get bored with drag BINGO otherwise she'll be looking for Centrelink.. With so many drag queens now relying on work in local clubs and rsl  doing bingo or trivia I asked the question, Mirror Mirror on the wall, what will the future hold for those that don't have a backup plan ? Thank god I have a full time job and don't have to worry about things like this anymore. Will she now learn the difference between work collages and friends? Will her former work collages continue to be her friend? Sometimes it can get hard to distinguish the difference between work collages and friends..

Until next time (13OCT) stay gorgeous : Bx  www.beverlybuttercup.com

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Get your Pride on!

Get Your PRIDE ON !!

Well,  Heaven Social Dance celebrated it’s 11th year on the 02th of June with a BIG  Birthday Party and Charity Night!  We raised  $1889 on the night for The Western Suburbs Haven Inc and had over 150 people attend the night. It just gets better and better and every dance..

THAT'S  A TOTAL OF $ 2599.10 over the years at Heaven LGBTQI Social Dance,  My thank you’s are endless...  Firstly to Portia Turbo who hosted the evening  and all the performers , Pomara Fifth, Crystal Ball , Danger Del Rey, Melicious Damage , CoCo Foxx, Dixie Normous, Terra Part, Robert Jeffrey, Delilah Von Tramp, Sandy Bottom, June Richards  & Daniel Turner. The performances were brilliant and we appreciate the time you all donated. Thank you to the people who assisted us on the night Dj Ophelia Shaft for the music, George  for the videos, & Rob From Ego Media for photos and Photo Booth Bay for donating the photo booth, and anybody I may have overlooked. Thank you to the people who donated the raffle prizes and also a huge thank you to Mounties Bowling Club. Also a big special thank you to  Ian , Greg  and Ann-Marie Calihanna and Star Observer for their ongoing support and  also a huge thank you to all the people who attended and made it a brilliant and exciting Birthday and Charity event. We look forward to seeing you all at our next dance on Saturday 4th August with a all NEW Show Cast.   www.heavensocialdance.com

It's now that time when everybody is recovering from the Queen's Birthday Dance Party & Ball in The Blue Mountains that was a huge success; it gets bigger and bigger every year! So if you missed out this year,  mark it in your diary and plan for next year... It time to get your PRIDE on It's that time of the year also when we come together for the Sydney PRIDE festival which runs from the 08th - 30th June for more info : www.sydneypride.com  

In other news you need to keep your eye out for a brand new show on channel 7  ''ALL TOGETHER NOW'' with so many people from the LGBTQI community on the judging panel you know it’s going to be pretty fabulous a good source tells me there’s A high profile DJ’s a drag queen plus Sing /song writer from western Sydney also included In the judging panel.

 

 I’M SO EXCITED to be doing my own radio program this year  PRIDE RADIO 89.3Fm every Sunday from 18:00 to 20:00 With presents Fifi Fo'Fum & Melicious Damage plus weekly special guests Dj's in the studio + Gavin from ACON fortnightly at 7:15Pm and Felicity Frockaccino with out and about  fortnightly at 7:15pm. The program will be supporting the LGBTQ community I really think it's important that we have a gay radio program on the radio on the Internet and on your phone as there's lots of other programs out there but nothing in Sydney on the radio ... With that said I am looking for people or companies that are able to Donate Money to keep the program on air as we are required to pay for 2hr air time yearly ($960) with all new application for the program at 2GLF 89.3fm in 2018 So if you can help out that would be awesome just SMS me 0433232425 your name your number and how you can help for more info check out our brand new website : www.prideradio893fm.com

 

Its Birthday time on the 21th of July  for The Polly's Club, will celebrate 54 years as a major part of sydney LGBTIQ scene. They will be presenting '' The Bitches Of Broadway!! ''  The show is  produced by  Sue Ellen and The Polly's cast and she has been working her butt off at rehearsals I believe, So Come on DOWNTOWN (where all the lights are bright) and we will be waiting for you at Roundhouse Uni of n.s.w at Polly's Birthday Party  7pm -12am ,  $35.00 online NOW or $45 on the door  and I will be giving wrist bands, and The Polly's cast will be there to entertain you as well. Fabulous Hampers and prizes to be won.  www.thepollysclub.com.au

DRAG GOSSIP !!
Heaven in process of trying to locked in their dates for 2019. What will change in 2019?  It is so great that the committee (Greg, Ian & LayDee) and I get to keep it running the night for the GLBTQI community of the west to have somewhere to hang out!!   Now let's Talk about show me the MONEY!! Which Western Sydney  drag queen is being sued and might just end up in court !?  The poor luv does everything right by people and she is having one pulled over her. Hopefully her solicitors can help her out and save her from the stress of the courtroom – though, I would love to see the look on the judges face when she walks in….lol and  which DRAG queen is being hunted by the TAXMAN !!

Until next time ( 12th July 2018) Be Safe & Gorgeous, BB www.beverlybuttercup.com

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All Together = IDAHOBIT!!!

The community will come together next week for IDAHOBIT celebrations for the third time in its history the Parramatta City Council will fly the rainbow flag. The council will raise the flag at Centenary Square in Parramatta on Thursday 17th May to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The Parramatta Queer Forum (PQF) will be hosting an information stall in front of the Town Hall from 11.30am to 2pm, supported by PFLAG, ACON, PCC, NSW POLICE , Headspace and Twenty10 , So come along and witness history and take a moment to reflect on how important IDAHOBIT is.

HEAVEN 11th Birthday 2.5.18
In other exciting news - a new group for service providers has begun in Bankstown. The “Inclusive Communities Network” will meet every second month in Bankstown and will have a LGBTI focus. The group hopes to increase visibility and inclusion of the LGBTI community in the Bankstown area through events, training, and advocacy. If you are a service provider in the greater South West of Sydney and you would like to get involved, email Gavin  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info.

Speaking of fabulous – ROBERT JEFFREY will present   " The Vallies A Tribute To Frankie Valli & The Four Sensor '' on Sunday 27th May at Cabra-Vale Diggers Club, 1 Bartley St, Canley Vale from 3 pm $15 FOR TICKETS www.cabravale.com.au

The following weekend on the 2nd June Heaven will Celebrate Our 11th Birthday Party & Haven Charity Night at The Mounties Bowling Club, Fairfield From 6pm-12am. with show's 8, 9 & 10pm Hosted By PORTIA TURBO with Dj Shaft and 15 Special guest performers and its only $15 entry on door with All proceeds from the night will go directly to The Western Suburbs Haven Inc.  Hope to see you at Heaven to celebrate 11 years giving back to the community.  We at Heaven Social Dance have raised well over $24,108 for charity since first starting in 2007 + We have raised over $7,863 dollars going to Acon & Western Suburbs Haven Inc in the 4 years of running Kaleidoscope Social Dance that is NOW a Total of $31,971 (As Of Dec 2017).   So come early for dinner (6pm) and catch up with friends and have chat before the shows that start at 8 pm.  For Info: www.heavensocialdance.com

I’m so excited to announce the winners of (drag) factor these three faces WOW four faces (Drag Queens) as there was a tie so we now have 4 fabulous queens  represent Heaven Social Dance with a brand new show to be launched on 4th August and  6th October at HSD and The WINNERS are  Coco Fox , Danger Del Rey , Crystal Balls & Miss Conception.

Wow  Congratulation to LayDee KinMee She will make her way overseas for a month (MAY) to Represent Australia at Drag ... I am so proud of my little girl she's all grown up NOW

OMG !! how time flies it will be soon time to plan for the June long weekend when the GLBTQI Community take over the Blue mountains with something for everybody from exhibitions to a dance party to a ball and it all starting on Friday with BentART. BentART is an annual exhibition held on the long weekend in June at Wentworth Falls.  The annual event attracts approximately 60 artists and over 150 works of art and is visited by hundreds of people over the weekend from Friday night the 8th of June at 6:30pm ( Opening ) till  Monday the 11th of June. It will be open to the public on Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm, + Monday between 10am-2pm only. For more info :  www.bentart.com.au

Here are a few things to pop in the Diary… On Saturday The 9th June, The three sisters social group will  be holding their 37th Annual " Disco - Dance Party " at the Blackheath Community Centre from 7.15pm – 12.15am.  Entry $25 + There will also be a performance from the fabulous LAYDEE KINMEE  &  BOYS  . Take it from me be there early if you want to get a table as it's the biggest event of the year in the mountains with over  400 people packing the community centre.  Following this is the 37th Annual Queen's Ball  - '' DISNEY '' on Sunday 10th  June at the Fairmont Hotel, Leura  … $140  OMG the ball will sold out completely.  For more Info:  82300889 or www.threesisterssocial.asn.au

draggossipDRAG GOSSIP: It's been three years since she CLUTCHed  her ham bag and left the very successful production show to launch her own show two year later !! But is it slowly catching up to the successful Drags to Bitches production shows that have sold out over 50 shows in the last 3 years at venues across Sydney & Canberra !! ..  And with the cold weather just around the corner and a lack of work .. venues .. So only time will tell gorgeous. Sometimes it's just so hard keeping up with gossip and recently so much is going on So if you have any gossip email me or sms me 0433232425 -  Totally confidential gorgeous!!!

Until next time ( 13th June 18) Be Safe & Gorgeous, BB 

 www.beverlybuttercup.com

 

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Irish PM walks with his partner in NYC's St. Patricks Day Parade

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Irish leader Leo Varadkar has marched with his partner Matt in New York St Patrick’s Day Parade – which until recently banned LGBT groups from participating in the event.

Ireland’s out Taoiseach (prime minister) has been a trip to the US for St Patrick’s Day, already raising LGBT rights with Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

Due to the strong influence of conservative Catholic groups, the parade had maintained a decades-long ban on LGBT groups. It slowly lifted the rule in 2016 and 2017, under pressure from commercial sponsors.

Mr Varadkar held hands with his partner Matt Barrett, a doctor who currently lives in the US, as they walked together in the parade.

Mr Varadkar acknowledged: “It was a real privilege to march with my partner. Only a few years ago people couldn’t march under the rainbow banner, but that has all changed.

“Ireland has embraced diversity and inclusiveness, and Irish Americans in New York have embraced that too.”

Ahead of the parade, Mr Varadkar told media: “On a personal level it’s a real privilege to be here in New York, in a city that is so close to Ireland in so many different ways.

“I had a chance to meet the Mayor [Bill de Blasio] earlier and attend Mass, and I’m going to be able to march in the parade now with my partner which is something that is a sign, I think, of change, a sign of great diversity, not just in Ireland, but in the community here as well.”

Two gay men as guests of honour sent a powerful message, just two years on from a bitter feud over LGBT participants.

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NYC Pride March changes route

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This year’s NYC Pride March also undergoes a change to its iconic route along 5th Avenue. The route proceeds through the West Village and Midtown, passing by the historic Stonewall Inn, and ends on 29th and 5th Avenue.

This route also aims to reduce the overall time of the March procession, and reduce wait times for the more than 350 marching groups prepared to step off.

“This year’s selection of Grand Marshals, bring forth the very essence of what it means to be “Defiantly Different” in social and political unrest,” Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director. “King, Lambda Legal, Ford, and Placide are defiantly brave, defiantly unique, and defiantly a share of our wondrous LGBTQ+ community.”


MEET THE NYC PRIDE GRAND MARSHALS


Billie Jean King
A sports icon and a champion for social change and equality.

Lambda Legal
The oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve the full recognition of the civil rights of multiple communities.

Tyler Ford
An award-winning agender advocate, writer, and speaker.

Kenita Placide
OutRight Action International’s Caribbean-based Advisor and the Executive Director of the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE).


For more information about the 2018 NYC Pride March or to register, visit: www.nycpride.org

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Join the official NYC Pride / GTG Group here for latest updates and giveaways.

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NYC Pride announces 2018 theme

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NYC Pride has announced it's theme for the 2018 season.

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde, Our Dead Behind Us: Poems

This year's theme celebrates the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between.

 

“Defiantly Different” speaks to the breadth of the LGBTQ+ community as a unified people and our tenacious individuality.

“This year’s theme is about showing our power, squaring our shoulders in the face of adversity, and continuing to sculpt that magnetic bond within the LGBTQ+ community and our allies,” said David Studinski, NYC Pride Co-Chair. “The corresponding creative showcases a wide selection of defiantly different community members - from performance artists to mental health advocates. We are standing defiantly – defiantly different and defiantly as one.”

Photographed by portrait photographer, Danielle Levitt, “Defiantly Different” features members of the LGBTQ+ community, including 10-year-old drag kid Desmond Napoles “Desmond is Amazing,” curator Kiyanna Stewart, transgender model Pêche Di, and 94-year-old community activist, Frances Goldin, famously-known for her “I Love My Lesbian Daughters” sign at the annual NYC Pride March.

“Defiantly Different” celebrates the rallying cry of generations who laid the groundwork for equality, the next wave of creative thinkers prepared to score their own trails, and each distinctive individual in between. The theme also takes an unflinching stance in response to the Trump administration’s substandard position on the LGBTQ+ community.
NYC Pride 2018 will take place from June 14 to June 24.

This year’s roster will include the NYC Pride March, PrideFest, Pride Island, along with a robust list of new events such as the Human Rights Conference, GameChangers, and our new culinary event, Savor Pride.

Each year, NYC Pride gives back to the local community through volunteering and awarding grants to local LGBTQ-serving organizations.

Guidetogay.com is a platinum partner of NYC Pride.

Join the NYC Pride Group HERE

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Sydney's Taylor Square gets a Mardi Gras makeover

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A new fabulous inflatable art installation will take pride of place at Taylor Square to mark four decades of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and cement the precinct’s place in its history.

40 Years of Love, which its creators describe as a “big, bold and sassy artwork based on concepts of public protest, joyous celebration, community activation and engagement”, was announced as the winner of the Taylor Square Public Art Project today, Thursday 22 February, by Lord Mayor Clover Moore.

The project winner, launched by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and proudly supported by the City of Sydney, is designed on a large triangular aluminium truss that rises above the existing grass island and water fountain to transform the space into a light-filled pavilion.

The installation, by artists Matthew Aberline and Maurice Goldberg from art studio Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS), invites those passing by the historic Darlinghurst precinct to stop, stretch out on the grass to view its complex detailed work, and ponder the Mardi Gras story.

 “The Yes Campaign proved that Taylor Square was still an important meeting place for the LGBTQI community,” said Aberline and Goldberg.

“Our artwork re-invigorates the Square as a focal point and meeting place, reminding us we have plenty to celebrate.”

40 Years of Love will be unveiled on the anniversary of the first Mardi Gras on Sunday 24 June, 2018, and be installed for three months.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras called for expressions of interest from artists to create a temporary public artwork.

Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu said “The Taylor Square Public Art Project’s aim is to create a temporary piece of art that helps celebrate the defining moments shared over the last forty years of Mardi Gras, in an iconic location for the LGBTQI people of Sydney.”

40 Years of Love “examines the themes of repression, adversity, freedom, diversity and equality” and was inspired by queer artists like Peter Tully, Brenton Heath-Kerr, Ron Muncaster, Keith Haring and Pierre et Gillesaid Aberline and Goldberg.

“With the work’s vibrant energy and complexity, we share that Mardi Gras isn’t a singular thing but a cacophony of diverse ideas, people, histories, politics and expressions.”

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the City was proud to support and celebrate the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

“This wonderfully exuberant work will light up the historical heart of our LGBTI community in Taylor Square,” the Lord Mayor said.

“What began as a bloody protest almost 40 years ago is now a three-week festival celebrating our diverse and resilient LGBTQI communities – acknowledging just how far we have come in the fight for equality and acceptance. What better way to commemorate that long history than this politically-charged, joyful work.  

“I know Sydneysiders and visitors alike will love Matthew Aberline and Maurice Goldberg’s colourful and celebratory work when it’s installed alongside our permanent rainbow flag later this year.”

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Britney Spears to receive GLAAD Vanguard Award

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The global pop icon has influenced millions of people in the LGBTQ community, and she'll personally attend GLAAD's event on April 12 to receive an accolade recognizing so.

Previous GLAAD Vanguard Award honorees include Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Kerry Washington, Elizabeth Taylor, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Banderas, Drew Barrymore, Janet Jackson, Demi Lovato, Eric McCormack, Josh Hutcherson, and Patricia Arquette.

"She has consistently stood up for LGBTQ youth on GLAAD’s Spirit Day by going purple on social media to speak out against bullying," it reads. "In 2015, she released a Spirit Day video and promoted participation in the anti-bullying campaign by organizing a meet-and-greet for LGBTQ fans, washing her stage at Planet Hollywood purple, and providing anti-bullying materials to concertgoers."

"In 2016, she was among over 20 music artists to appear on GLAAD's song “Hands,” released with Interscope Records to remember the 49 lives taken in the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. The musical tribute to the victims of Orlando, written by Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels and Blood Pop, benefited Equality Florida, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD."

"In 2017, Spears was among 140 leading entertainers including Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Laverne Cox, and Whoopi Goldberg to speak out in an open letter against two anti-LGBTQ bills, which targeted transgender youth in Texas and were later defeated. Most recently, Spears sparked global attention when she wore a t-shirt stating ‘We Are All Dreamers’ and called on Congress to pass the Dream Act via Instagram."

GLAAD also mentions her letter to a young gay man who considered suicide, and credited not going through with it to her music and lyrics – it gave him the courage to continue fighting. She wrote to him: “I was very happy to hear how courageous you’ve been about being openly gay. I’ve always been told as long as you know in your heart that’s what matters most.”

Most recently, for LGBTQ Pride Month in 2017, Queen B penned a heartwarming love letter to the LGBTQ community published in Billboard Pride, telling the community that their unwavering loyalty and acceptance uplift and inspire her. “I have a secret to share with you. You see it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. The lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy, and make me and my sons strive to be better people.”

And here's something you may not know. After a gay couple who met at the opening of Piece of Me married, Brit surprised them with a touching video to send congratulations and show her support for marriage equality.

"Honored to be receiving the Vanguard Award at the @GLAAD Media Awards this year!," Britney wrote on Instagram. "The LGBTQ community means the absolute world to me and inspires me every day. I am proud to be an ally and I will continue to support equality and acceptance for all!!"

Britney will receive her honor at the 29th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles at Beverly Hilton on April 12.

Britney is also booked to appear in the UK at Brighton Pride as the headliner this year, with the event selling out in seconds.

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Google's Mardi Gras Parade Grants announced

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Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and supporting partner Google today announce the recipients of the second annual SGLMG Community Parade Grants Program.

The Google Mardi Gras Parade Grants program is designed to fund and support a diverse range of community ideas and provide grants to individuals, community groups and not-for-profit groups to help lift their parade entries to a completely new artistic level.

The 2018 parade marks the very special 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. As such, the Google Mardi Gras Parade Grants Program has invested further funds to support a greater number of community and not-for-profit groups and organisations. A total of $80,000 in grants has been divided among 31 applicants from all over Australia to help create extra fabulous floats in celebration of the anniversary.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras CEO Terese Casu said: “The Google Parade Grants Program is designed to provide capacity and access support for community groups, and non-profit organizations, so we can help them spread their message around the world on Parade night.”

“From Selamat Datang, who want to show their Indonesian LGBTQI brothers and sisters that they stand with them in solidarity as the constitutional courts classify homosexuality as a mental disorder, to Trans Sydney Pride, who have a something special planned for President Trump, the recipients of these grants all have a powerful message to share,” said Casu.

KJ Pittl, who leads Google Australia's Gayglers group of LGBTQ employees and supporters said: “The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of the biggest highlights of the year for many Googlers, and we are proud to continue our partnership. We want to assist as many people as possible to get involved with Mardi Gras - the SGLMG Parade Grants Program was a big success last year, and we’re thrilled to be able to help so many community organisations create fabulous floats for this year’s parade.”

Full List of Google Parade Grant Recipients:

  • Aqualicious Masters Swimming Inc
  • Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives
  • Bentstix Hockey
  • Cairns Tropical Pride
  • Colours of Our Community
  • Departure Lounge
  • Different Strokes Dragon Boat Club
  • ethel yarwood enterprises
  • Evolution of Dance and Divas
  • Flying Bats
  • FOBGAYS
  • Free Gay n Happy
  • Glitterati
  • In Memory of Carmen Rupe
  • Inner City Legal Centre
  • Itty Bitty Titty Committee
  • Mature Age Gays
  • NSW Trans Youth Alliance
  • People With Disability Australia
  • Selamat Datang GLBTQI
  • SM&M The Other 29ers
  • Sydney Rangers
  • Sydney Silverbacks
  • TGLRG - Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby
  • The Incredigays
  • The Kirby Institute
  • Trans Sydney Pride
  • Trikone Australasia
  • Turing Circle
  • twenty10
  • Wonder Mama & The Warriors of Love
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Sydney New Years Eve Rainbow waterfall heralds new dawn for equality

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A rainbow waterfall of fireworks will cascade from Sydney Harbour Bridge as part of this year’s New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the dramatic technicolour fireworks would confirm Sydney as the New Year’s Eve capital of the world and celebrate Australians saying ‘Yes’ to marriage equality.

"This is a fabulous way to see out 2017 – the year that four out of five Sydneysiders said a resounding 'Yes' to marriage equality," the Lord Mayor said.

"The rainbow waterfall is a well-earnt tribute to the Sydney 78ers who marched for gay rights 40 years ago – it's a reminder of how far we have come and how far we have left to achieve true equality for our LGBTI community. It's a wonderful way to ring in the New Year, and celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mardi Gras.

"With more fireworks than ever before, this year's Sydney NYE celebration guarantees to be the biggest, brightest and best in the world.

"Sydney New Year's Eve contributes an estimated $133 million to the local economy and puts Sydney on the map as a global city for tourism, business, events and creativity on every level."

It takes Sydney fireworks director Fortunato Foti and the crew from Sydney family company Foti Fireworks International more than 5,000 hours to create the New Year's Eve display.

"The challenge this year was to create never-before-seen displays. Out of this we've created some great effects that I'm looking forward to sharing with the people of Sydney and the world," Mr Foti said.

"This waterfall effect is a first for the bridge and we've chosen the rainbow colours that work best for fireworks: red, yellow, green, blue, purple and silver."

Mr Foti says there will be more than 100,000 individual pyrotechnic effects on the night, setting a new record for the annual event's 9pm and midnight displays, with:

8 tonnes of fireworks – 1 tonne more than in 2016
13,000 shells – 1,000 more than 2016
30,000 shooting comets – 5,000 more than 2016

Inner-Sydney artist Nadia Hernández is the creative artist for this New Year's Eve and a series of bright artwork designs have inspired vibrant colour palette for the fireworks.

This year the 9pm and midnight firework display and the dramatic lighting effects beamed from the Sydney Harbour Bridge will feature new pastel shades, including bright orange, pink, lime green and light blue.

Her artwork designs also feature inspirational words, including wonder, harmony, hope and together, which will feature in the animations projected onto the harbour bridge pylons on the night.

"I included these words in the New Year's Eve artworks because they reflect my love of Sydney and send a positive message of hope for Australia and the world as we move into a new year," Ms Hernández said.

"The words and colours are all about what a wonderful place Sydney is in summer – spending time outdoors with family and with friends – and that sums up New Year's Eve in Sydney, too.

"It's such an honour to have been chosen by the City to be the creative artist for New Year's Eve. This project really has been a dream come true for me."

This year the Welcome to Country will include a tribute marking the 50th anniversary of the Sydney-San Francisco sister city relationship that will be celebrated in 2018.

A message from the Muwekma Ohlone peoples of the San Francisco Bay area will be projected onto the Sydney Harbour Bridge pylons at the close of the evening's Welcome to Country.

Sydney New Year’s Eve creative consultant Rhoda Roberts AO said the message marked a close connection between the two cities' First Peoples.

"There is a lovely connection between Sydney and San Francisco – both cities are very similar in their geography and both cities have a strong and vibrant Indigenous culture," Ms Roberts said.

"There's a great synergy between the histories of the First Peoples of these two great cities. The language, the stories and the rituals of the Indigenous peoples here and in San Francisco have survived recognised and honoured, and are still strong today."

At the close of New Year's Eve Welcome to Country, the following words in the language of the Muwekma Ohlone people will appear: "Makkin Mak Muwekma Wolwoolum, Akkoy Mak-Warep, Manne Mak Hiswi!", which translates: "We Are Muwekma Ohlone, Welcome To Our Land, Where We Are Born, San Francisco Bay Area".

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee said the city was proud to be Included in Sydney's New Year's Eve celebrations.

"We are honored that 2018 will mark the 50th Anniversary of the founding of our Sister City friendship which has built common understanding, cooperation and partnership across the Pacific," Mayor Lee said.

"In January our San Francisco delegation will be visiting your beautiful city and joining with your citizens in celebrating 50 years of friendship and to set the foundation for another 50 years of citizen diplomacy.”


The 2017 New Year’s program highlights include:

6pm Pre-show entertainment
8.38pm Welcome to Country ceremony
9pm Family fireworks display
9.15pm Harbour of Light Parade
midnight Spectacular 2017 Sydney New Year’s Eve fireworks display

Getting in and out of the city centre is different on New Year’s Eve. There will be road closures, on-street fencing and diversions to help people get around safely and move crowds to transport. Visit sydneynewyearseve.com for detailed information.

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