The University of Sydney were pleased to participate in the 2021 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with the Parade taking place on Saturday 6 March at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
With this year’s overarching theme being ‘RISE’, we were pleased to join with our twist on the theme: Knowledge = Growth.
2021 marked the sixth year that the University has participated in the festivities. Our University of Sydney performers were joined at the parade by Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton AM, who is also Executive Sponsor of the Pride Network.
“The work of the Pride Network exemplifies our ongoing commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion, and respect and integrity – values that underpin our University culture,” said Professor Garton. “Mardi Gras has always been a special time to celebrate our rainbow community, and it is as important now as it has ever been to demonstrate that the University community stands with people of diverse sexualities and genders (LGBTIQ) always.”
Mardi Gras is that special time of year when our communities pause to celebrate our wins towards ending discrimination but also to recognise and reflect on the sacrifices of so many amazing people who fought so hard for the rights we have today.
"I’m really looking forward to leading our parade entry with our Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Garton, Professor Tim Soutphommasane (Director Culture Strategy), Professor Renae Ryan (co-Chair of SAGE) and Christie Adamson, who co-Chairs the Pride Network with me," said Matt Pye, Pride Network's Co-Chair.