Events

Mardi Gras 2017

Diversity is the name of the game with our offerings across the Mardi Gras 2017 season – from fun in the sun and puppies galore with Doggywood and Fair Day, to the acclaimed movies screening during the Mardi Gras Film Festival, through to an Australian media industry forum. From Breastiville in the inner west to the music of Hat’s Off, there is something for everyone. And then of course, there’s the parade and party!

Here’s a complete list of everything we’re involved with and supporting this Mardi Gras festival!

COMBINING HEALTH AND HOUNDS THIS FAIR DAY
Our ACON Zone at this Sunday’s Mardi Gras Fair Day has well and truly gone to the dogs as we add the much-loved Doggywood to our line up of stalls providing important information about LGBTI health and wellbeing. More info…

VITAL ANNUAL COMMUNITY HEALTH SURVEY NEEDS YOUR INPUT
Visitors to the ACON Zone will also be able to make a vital contribution to community health research by taking part in the Sydney Gay Community Periodic Survey, which provides health bodies around the state and country with important data that will inform future health promotion and identify issues that need highlighting. More info…

WE LET THE DOGS OUT!
Get ready to go barking mad for a revamped Doggywood at Fair Day as we take the lead and prepares to celebrate the important role that dogs play in our lives with a fetching festival of all things canine. This year’s totally FREE line-up includes the Games Of Bones Dog Pageant, a terrific new dog show from award winning trainer Dai Aoki, a dog training masterclass, a doggy photo booth and a series of brief talks about canine health, nutrition and psychology. More info…

DOGGYWOOD PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES
We’re excited to announce a massive line-up of prizes valued at $5000! Some of the prizes include a year’s worth of pet insurance from Medibank, retail gift vouchers from Dogue, dog training packages from Polite Pooches and much more including training, grooming and puppy products. Everyone who registers to compete in the dog pageant gets a special discount voucher for dog walking, doggie day care or gourmet dog food thanks to Fitness Dogs and Canine Quisine. More info…

US RIGHTS ORGANISATION’S SYDNEY VISIT TO HIGHLIGHT LGBTIQ MEDIA REPRESENTATION
Author and journalist Benjamin Law (The Family Law), and comedian Jordan Raskopoulos (Axis of Awesome), will join leading international LGBTIQ media advocates in Sydney later this month for a groundbreaking public discussion on the power of news and entertainment media to fast track the social inclusion of LGBTIQ people in Australia. We’re presenting this entertaining and informative event alongside Queer Screen, ScreenNSW, Foxtel and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School. More info…

TRANSFORMING MARRICKVILLE INTO BREASTIVILLE
Welcome to Breastiville! promises to be a landmark event for women from LGBTIQ communities and will transform Marrickville Town Hall during Mardi Gras into a fabulous festival focusing on women and breast health. This totally FREE event on Saturday February 25 featuring a great line up of singers, artists and entertainment throughout the day, with bars, swing dancing and even more at night! More info…

MARDI GRAS FESTIVAL INDIGENOUS EVENTS
Our Aboriginal Project is producing or supporting 11 events during the 2017 Mardi Gras season, including the amazing Koori Gras, art shows, BBQs, a cabaret night as well as the night of nights itself where the First Nations float will once again lead the parade on March 4. More info…

EXPLORING LGBTI HEALTH AND RIGHTS AT MARDI GRAS FILM FEST
We’re once again partnering with Queer Screen to present several key films and events at this year’s Mardi Gras Film Festival running from February 15 to March 2. Some of the titles being presented or supported by us include the first episode of Disney’s highly-anticipated drama series about America’s LGBTI rights movement When We Rise starring Rachel Griffiths and Guy Pearce, the quirky HIV-related comedy Pushing Dead starring Danny Glover, the cult lesbian horror comedy Women Who Kill, and transgender coming of age drama Real Boy. More info…

BOLLYWOOD GOES QUEER
What could be more entertaining than Cinderella on stage? A queer all-male Bollywood twist called Sunderella of course. Our Asian Gay Men’s Project is proud to support this qreat production so get ready to be dazzled as a sea of sequins and saris, bindis and bangles descends on Sydney’s PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, as part of this year’s Mardi Gras festival. More info…

MISS MARDI GRAS INTERNATIONAL QUEEN
Every year in the lead up to the Mardi Gras, Filipino LGBTI community group FLAGCOM hold an event where family and friends can show their love and support for the community. This year, our Asian Gay Men’s Project is proud to support the night where the theme is “recycling”, so they’ll be raising awareness on environmental issues too! Plus they are hosting the annual transgender Miss Mardi Gras International Queen Pageant in a new venue so it will be double the entertainment and double the fun. More info…

A PUBLIC CERVIX ANNOUNCEMENT
Join us on March 1 to find out what’s happening this year in cervix news and find out about our brand new cervical screening campaign At Your Cervix. Come join our sexperts as they discuss lesbian, bi and queer women’s sex, sexuality and sexual health, answering questions submitted by the community. Mix, mingle, enjoy some free drinks and food and peruse our CLAUDE art exhibition. Go in the draw to win gorgeous artworks from CLAUDEMore info…

MARDI GRAS PANEL FEATURING SPORTING LEGEND GREG LOUGANIS
We’re delighted to be supporting this great event featuring American sporting legend Greg Louganis and a panel of Australian LGBT sporting greats including Matthew Mitcham, Daniel Kowalski and others who will be talking about their life experiences. On the night you can also hear from Kristen Worley, the courageous Canadian transitioned track cyclist who is soon taking on the International Olympic Committee and four other major sports governing bodies in a landmark lawsuit. More info…

MARDI GRAS HISTORY WALK
Our SPARK. initiative for young gay men is partnering with historian Robert French to deliver another installment of the Youth History Walk. The Youth History Walk is a great opportunity to learn more about the colourful past of LGBTI Sydney. Sydney’s queer history is rich; from the days of the convicts through gay liberation to now, Sydney has always had an active LGBTI population. More info…

SPARK. @ ARQ
SPARK. will also be doing a sexual health ‘intervention’ at ARQ on Feb 24! We’ve teamed up with the fabulous Ménage à Trois who will be hosting the night. Come and find us as there’s a chance for you to win a bunch of naughty and nice prizes! You’ll see a fabulous bunch of SPARK. volunteers who’ll be handing out condoms and entertaining bits and pieces to make your night extra fun. Just turn up at ARQ on the night! More info…

FAIR PLAY PROJECT RETURNS FOR MARDI GRAS
The joint project between the Inner City Legal Centre, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and us will be back at the Mardi Gras party in 2017. As a community-based initiative, Fair Play has played an integral role in raising awareness and providing information and support to the LGBTIQ community on a wide range of issues relating to health, safety, rights and appropriate policing practices at parties during Mardi Gras. More info…

DIAMONDS ARE FOR TREVOR
Celebrating Shirley Bassey’s 80th birthday, Trevor Ashley will bring back his acclaimed two-act show for one Gala evening in the Sydney Opera House Concert Hall. Hot on the stilettos of sold out Sydney Opera House performances of Liza’s Back! (is broken), the three-time Helpmann Award nominated and multi-award winning, irrepressible diva channels the Welsh-born Dame as only he can! Keep an eye out for our volunteers who will be collecting after the show. More info…

Bingay

March Bingay

What if I told you that BINGAY will be paying tribute to the Amazing George Michael?

We knew you were waiting for this special event, so join our Mother’s Pride hostess Charisma Belle and her Father Figure barrel-babe Naomi Palmer as they bring the Faith and Freedom to pay tribute to one and only George Michael.

Don’t let the sun go down on your chance to celebrate one of music’s biggest and brightest stars.

We don’t want you to Freeek out if you miss out on tickets, so buy them now before they Go-go!

When: Thursday 9 March, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!
Bookings: Buy tickets to March Bingay now!

 

April Bingay

Due to Easter, we are moving Bingay to the first Thursday in April (Thursday 6).

Bingay will return to its usual second Thursday of the month in May.

 

About Bingay

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Bingay is gay bingo which means there’s classic disco tunes, weird rules and penalties, outrageous antics, hilarious repartee, deliciously lewd bingo calls, and prizes that range from the silly and camp to great theatre tickets and restaurant vouchers.

Bingay hostess Charisma Belle oversees the madcap proceedings and Bingay’s long time barrel babe Naomi Palmer spins the balls and sings up a storm.

Bingay takes over the upstairs bar of The Shift in Darlinghurst on the second Thursday of every month, with each monthly event having a fabulously flamboyant theme.

Bingay’s balls first dropped in 1999, making it one of Sydney’s longest running LGBTI community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTI health services.

So whether you’re a regular or a novice, or a local or visitor to Sydney, if you’re up for a wonderfully camp mid-week entertainment experience, then you can’t go wrong with Bingay. Retro disco bingo in Darlo – what’s not to love!

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Welcome to Breastiville

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If you attended Welcome to Breastiville, we would love to hear your thoughts! Please take our short anonymous survey

A FREE day & night festival celebrating the health and wellbeing of women from our LGBTIQ communities. Presented by ACON’s #talktouchtest Campaign

By day: Photography and creative workshops, market stalls, food, great community groups like the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir and The Flying Bats Football Club, a writers panel, and free mammograms!

By night: Bluehouse, That Red Head, Bad Bitch Choir & burlesque performances from Lillian Starr and Rosie Rivette. MC – the fabulous Denise Hanlon!

When: Saturday 25 February, 10am – midnight
Where: Marrickville Town Hall
RSVP: This is a FREE event, but please let us know you are coming by booking your ticket here. You can also donate via the Eventbrite page or bring it with you on the day!

Download: Welcome To Breastiville Program (PDF 970 Kb)
Download: FAQs (1.61 Mb)

All funds raised will go towards a Breast Health Awareness Event for LGBTIQ Women in Regional NSW.

For more information, call 02 9206 2006

Facebook: @ACONWomensHealth

An Evening With Greg Louganis and other LGBT Sporting Greats

Crossing the Line Sport and Speak Out present ‘An Evening with Greg Louganis and Other LGBT Sporting Greats’

Greg is a sporting legend. He has won 4 Olympic gold and 1 Olympic silver medal over three Olympic games: Montreal (’76), Los Angeles (’84) and Seoul (’88). Greg is gay and HIV positive. His powerful life story has been the subject of two books and three documentaries.

Join Greg and a panel of Australian LGBT sporting greats including Matthew Mitcham, Daniel Kowalski and others as they talk about their life experiences. Also hear from Kristen Worley, the transitioned Track Cyclist. The courageous Canadian sportswoman is taking on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and four other major sports governing bodies in a landmark lawsuit that starts on February 29.

 

When: Thursday 2 March, 6pm – 8pm
Where: University of Technology Sydney, Ross Milbourne Hall
Building 4B, 745 Harris Street,Ultimo, NSW 2007
Tickets: Book tickets here

Afternoon Delight

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Afternoon Delight is a movie matinee and relaxed social afternoon for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex seniors and their friends.

Enjoy the feature film, Grandma, and selection of short films followed by a delicious afternoon tea, networking and access to local community health information.

Presented by ACON in association with Queer Screen and supported by NSW Seniors Festival.

Cost is FREE or a gold coin donation..

For more information contact
Russ | 02 9206 2017 | rgluyas@acon.org.au


SHELLHARBOUR
When:
Sunday 26 February, 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: The Roo Theatre Company, Cnr Addison & Wentworth Street
Contact:
John |  02 9206 2113  |  jcasey@acon.org.au

WAGGA WAGGA
When:
Saturday 11 March. 12:30pm – 4pm
Where: Museum of the Riverina, Morrow Street & Baylis Street
Contact:
Teddy  |  02 9206 2114  |  tcook@acon.org.au

SAWTELL
When:
Saturday 11 March. 12:30pm – 4pm
Where: Majestic Cinema, First Avenue
Contact:
Anabell  |  0409 680 836  |  athoener@acon.org.au

LISMORE
When:
Sunday 12 March. 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: Birch Carroll & Coyle, Cnr Keen & Zodac Street
Contact:
Sioux  |  02 6622 1555  |  northernrivers@acon.org.au

NEWCASTLE
When:
Sunday 12 March, 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: Tower Cinemas, 183-185 King Street
Contact:
Lisa  |  02 4962 7700  |  lronneberg@acon.org.au

SYDNEY
When:
Sunday 12 March, 2pm – 5:30pm
Where: Event Cinemas, 505-525 George Street
Contact:
Russ  |  02 9206 2017 |  rgluyas@acon.org.au

LGBTI Inclusive Practice Training

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ACON, with the support of Murrumbidgee PHN, is proud to deliver free and essential one day training courses across the Riverina for alcohol and other drugs (AOD) workers and general community service workers who support clients experiencing issues with alcohol and/or other drugs.

Strengthen your understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities to deliver more inclusive, informed and appropriate care and practice.

Refreshments will be included.

For more information, contact Teddy  |  02 9206 2114  |  tcook@acon.org.au

 

For direct service AOD workers (MLHD, Calvary, Pathways etc)

WAGGA WAGGA
When: Friday 17 February OR Friday 10 March, 9:15am – 5pm
Where: Murrumbidgee PHN Conference Room, 1/185 Morgan Street Wagga Wagga
RSVP: Click here

GRIFFITH
When:  Thursday 23 March OR Tuesday 2 May, 9:15am – 5pm
Where: LCN Meeting Room, 175 Yambil Street Griffith
RSVP: Click here

 

For community service workers (Max 3 representatives per organisation)

WAGGA WAGGA
When: Thursday 16 February, 9:15am – 5pm
Where: Murrumbidgee PHN Conference Room, 1/185 Morgan Street Wagga Wagga
RSVP: Click here

DENILIQUIN
When:  Thursday 4 May, 9:15am – 5pm
Where: Intereach, 366 Trickett Street Deniliquin
RSVP: Click here