Posed Portrait: Sydney Mardi Gras
- Creator: guy clift
- Year: March 2019
- Location: Sydney, Australia
“Strength lies in differences, not in similarities.” – guy clift
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, or Sydney Mardi Gras, is an annual LGBT pride parade and festival in Sydney, Australia, attended by hundreds of thousands of people from around Australia and overseas. It is one of the largest such festivals in the world, and the largest Pride event in Oceania.
The festival dates was first held in 1978 as a night-time celebration following a morning protest march and commemoration of the Stonewall riots. Organized by the Gay Solidarity Group, more than 500 people gathered on Oxford Street in a planned street “festival” calling for an end to discrimination against homosexuals in employment and housing, an end to police harassment and the repeal of all anti-homosexual laws. The figure rose to around 2,000 as revellers out for the Saturday night at Oxford Street bars and clubs responded to the call “Out of the bars and into the streets!”