PrEP Community Forum and Discussion


We invite everyone to attend one of our PrEP community forum and discussions, to discuss the impact of PrEP on HIV prevention and accessing PrEP through the recently announced EPIC NSW Study.

PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis is an antiretroviral treatment taken by HIV negative people at high risk of HIV transmission to prevent HIV infection.

Please come along to this FREE event and find out the latest information on the EPIC NSW Study, Australia’s first large scale trial of PrEP.

The panel discussion will include a local HIV specialist, HIV educators and PrEP users. Light refreshments will be provided.


    When: Tuesday 28 June, 6pm for a 6.30pm start
    Where: Regional Youth Services Arts Warehouse, 123 Donnison St
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    When: Wednesday 6 July, 6pm – 8.30pm
    Where: Quality Inn, 165 Whylandra Street, Dubbo
    Before 4/6/16 – Click here
    When: Thursday 7 July, 6pm – 8pm
    Where: headspace Orange 264 Peisley Steet, Orange
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For more information contact Gavin | 02 9206 2064 |

For more information about PrEP, visit the Ending HIV website here

Adult Themes – Broken Hill


Do you live in or near the Broken Hill area and consider yourself lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex.

Interested in learning more about pleasure, sex and risk?

Adult Themes is a 3 hour, peer-facilitated workshop that covers sexual health, sexual ethics and everything about ACON.

When: Thursday 30 June, 5:30pm – 8.30pm, light refreshments provided
Where: Location will be given upon registration

To find out more or to register, contact
Teddy Cook | | 02 9206 2114

The Honour Awards


The Honour Awards is an annual gala fundraising event for ACON and LGBTI charity Aurora which acknowledges outstanding service to or achievement within NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community.

Now in their ninth year, the Honour Awards provide NSW’s LGBTI community with an important and unique opportunity to recognise and celebrate excellence and achievement within our community as well as the difference that particular individuals and organisations make in our lives.


Nominate Your Community Hero

Every day, people and organisations from right across our community are helping others in all kinds of ways, and the Honour Awards is about acknowledging all kinds of community service, whether big or small.

Honour your LGBTI community heroes by nominating them in one of the following eight (8) categories:

  • Business
  • Media
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Visual Arts (Cayte Latta Memorial Award)
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Community Organisation
  • Young Achiever
  • Community Hero

Winners receive a range of gifts, and all 28 finalists – as well as the first person who nominates them – receive a free ticket to the gala event.

We look forward to receiving your nominations, and hope to see you on the night.





Join the finalists, community leaders and celebrity guests and celebrate the dynamic spirit of our community at the inspirational awards ceremony and the fabulously fun cocktail party.

WHEN:      Wednesday 30 September 2015, from 6:30pm

WHERE:    Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney

COST:          SOLD OUT!

Guests will enjoy:

  • delicious canapés
  • quality wines, beers, juices and soft drinks
  • great entertainment
  • a silent auction featuring a superb range of fashion, beauty, dining and travel experiences, art and homewares, and technology.

Make your evening more fun by encouraging family members, friends, colleagues and business associates to come along and join in the celebrations.



Charity Auction


The online auction will go live on Wednesday 30 September and for the first time will be accessible to any member of the public. Bidding details are on the Honour Awards website.

Some of the standout items are:

  • Luxury accommodation in Thailand and Bali
  • 4 nights at the Turtle Cove Resort
  • Indulge yourself at the glamorous Lilianfels Resort in the Blue Mountains
  • Holiday packages on the North, Central and South Coasts
  • Holding The Man book signed by the writer, producers, director and stars of the film
  • A Queer Screen Pack – (2 x Pink Pass for the Mardi Gras Film Festival)
  • Two A Reserve Tickets for Opera Australia
  • William Yang portrait session and framed print
  • Apple devices including an Apple watch and mini iPad
  • Mardi Gras Parade & Party Package


Community & Event Partners


This year we’ve teamed up with some leading organisations who want to help make the Honour Awards a very special celebration of community spirit and service. We thank all our partners for their generosity and support.

Community Partners

  • ACON
  • Aurora
  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Sydney Gay and Lesbian Business Association
  • SX Magazine
  • OX Live

Event Partners

  • Glyde Health
  • Ivy/Merival
Blue Dog Posters
Dowson Turco Lawyer
Fitness Playgound
Kavelle Flowers

Find Out More

For more information about the Honour Awards, please visit the Honour Awards website.


July Bingay…SOLD OUT


Stop right now… Thank you very much!

This July, Bingay invites you to SPICE UP YOUR LIFE with a special tribute to the one and only Spice Girls!

Join our hostess Charisma Belle and barrel-babe Naomi Palmer for a night of Girl Power!

Prizes for best dressed, so SAY YOU’LL BE THERE and come along to unleash the Scary, Sporty, Baby, Ginger or Posh in you!

Book now if you WANNABE part of the fun!

When: Thursday 14 July, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Shift, 85 Oxford St. Darlinghurst
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!


About Bingay

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!

Proudly sponsored by

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Retreat for Gay Men With HIV



Every year we invite participants from regional/rural NSW and South East Queensland to come to our relaxed bush venue underneath the magnificent Wollumbin with other guys living with HIV in rural NSW.

We’ve been hosting our Retreat for guys living with HIV since 1994. The Retreat is open to gay men with HIV and their partners. We expect that gay men of all ages and history of HIV will attend from regional NSW and from SE Queensland. In previous Retreats all our participants have contributed to making it a great Retreat experience.

It provides a nice mix of structured activities, lots of free time and fantastic food and good company. This year we will have a stimulating workshop program on staying fit and well with HIV, and also will be offering yoga classes. We’ll have a great range of leisure activities: canoeing, bushwalking, and ball games.

The Retreat is a residential retreat and participants have the choice of accommodation: either sleeping in your own camp gear or in comfortable shared bungalow accommodation. You are able to nominate which when you register.

For more information contact | 02 6622 1555 | Freecall 1800 633 637

World AIDS Day & Red Ribbon Appeal


World AIDS Day (Dec 1) provides us with a valuable opportunity to educate people about how we can end HIV transmission in NSW by 2020 as well as raise money for programs and services that are vital to ending HIV.

Recent advances in HIV treatments and testing technologies mean we can now end the HIV epidemic here in Australia by getting people to test more, treat early and stay safe. The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal raises money for community-based initiatives that aim to eliminate the transmission of HIV in NSW by 2020.

The Ending HIV Red Ribbon Street Appeal takes place across NSW on 30 November and 1 December (World AIDS Day).

Volunteer – You Can Help Make HIV History

Want to help make a difference that will last forever? By volunteering for the Ending HIV Red Ribbon Appeal, you can help eliminate HIV transmission in NSW.
We’re currently recruiting volunteers to help out with the annual Red Ribbon Street Appeal in the lead up to and on World AIDS Day (Dec 1).

Volunteers are needed in Sydney, Newcastle, Wollongong, Lismore, Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour to sell ribbons and collect donations at selected locations.

Sell Red Ribbons
You can volunteer to sell ribbons on the street, you can bulk order ribbons and sell them to family and friends, or you can order a countertop box and sell ribbons to your customers or colleagues.

Buy Red Ribbons or Make a Donation
You can buy red ribbons online, on the street, or in participating shops and businesses. Or you can make a cash donation online.




Afternoon Delight


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 and a 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.

The LOVE Project is funded by NSW Family and Community Services.

Cost is FREE or a gold coin donation..

For more information contact
Russ | 02 9206 2017 |
Kelly | 02 9206 2016 |