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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: Thursday 19 May, 6pm for a 6.30pm start
    Where: The Happy Dolphin Café – 8 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads
    Before 17/5/16 – Click here
    When: Tuesday 14 June, 6pm for a 6.30pm start
    Where: Upstairs, Paddys Beer Deluxe Hotel – 491 Keiwa Street, Albury
    Before 8/6/16 – Click here


For more information contact Gavin  |  02 9206 2064  |

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


Nutritious Delicious & Super Simple


A social event and tasting night showcasing healthy food ideas

We invite you to join our host Tobin Saunders for a night featuring a delicious six course tasting menu and mocktails.

Prepared by chef Ian Rogan and with nutritional advice from dietician Ali Grattan-Smith (Clinic 16) the night will include recipes and information about healthy ageing.

This is a FREE event but a gold coin donation is appreciated. A lucky door prize will also be drawn on the night.

Bookings are essential for catering purposes.


When: Wednesday 25 May, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Cost: FREE
: By 23/5/16 Click here

More info: 02 9206 2017  |

The event is hosted by ACON’s LOVE Project (Living Older Visibly and Engaged). The LOVE Project aims to empower LGBTI seniors to lead healthly, active and social lives. This project is funded by NSW Family and Community Services.



NOTE: June Bingay WILL NOT be held due to our Vivid commitments. We will return on Thursday 14 July 2016.

July Bingay…

More information coming soon!

We will tell you what you want… what you really, really want!


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.




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:      Thursday 29 September 2016, from 6:30pm

WHERE:    Ivy Ballroom, 330 George St, Sydney

COST:          $85. Tickets on sale in August 2016.

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


Some of the standout items from 2015 auction were:

  • 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.

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  |



OutFit is a network of LGBTI friendly outdoor fitness groups which provide a healthy way for LGBTI people and their friends to get fit and meet new people while raising money for ACON programs responding to violence and discrimination against LGBTI people.

How OutFit Works

We partner with personal trainers offering bootcamp style outdoor training sessions and we value add by giving clients and trainers the opportunity to support our work by donating a percentage of training fees to ACON.

Clients pay for an initial training session at their preferred OutFit location. They can choose to pay per session or per month through the OutFit payment gateway. A percentage is retained by us and the rest is passed on to the trainer.

Trainers can attract new clients by setting up their own Outfit group which then gets promoted to over 50,000 people by ACON and our community partners through our online and social media platforms. Payments to trainers are distributed at the end of each month.

How Your Support Helps

A recent report from the Australian Human Rights Commission shows the following:

  • More than 75 per cent of LGBTI people have been attacked, bullied or harassed based on their sexuality or gender identity.
  • Two thirds of LGBTI people are not comfortable revealing their sexuality in the workplace.

Stigma, violence and discrimination continue to have a serious impact on the health and wellbeing of LGBTI Australians:

  • LGBTI people experience higher levels of both mental health issues and substance use than the general population.
  • Suicide among young LGBTI people is up to 14 times the national average.

ACON provides a range of programs and services which help people experiencing homophobic/transphobic violence and discrimination, including:

  • Incident support
  • Counselling
  • Workplace inclusion programs
  • Safe Schools initiatives
  • Advocacy (with government and police)

OutFit Locations

We’re currently trialing the program with our first location, OutFit Hyde Park. However, we’re keen to hear from other trainers who are interested in setting up their own OutFit group.


OutFit Hyde Park

The OutFit program is launching at 6pm on Friday 7 August with OutFit Hyde Park. This location will be run by Hyde Park Bootcamps trainers Campbell Bannerman and Lap Win who have a combined 20 years of experience in personal training.

Where: Hyde Park South (cnr Park St and Elizabeth St)

When: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 6pm – 7pm

Cost (per session): $20 ($5 to ACON)

Cost (per month): $180 (4 weeks of unlimited sessions + $45 to ACON).

All participants get their first week for FREE!

Sessions include:

  • Boxing/Kickboxing
  • TRX Systems
  • Circuits
  • Relays
  • Cross-Fit Style Drills
  • Obstacle Courses
  • Amazing Race Themed Cardio Sessions
  • Suitable for everyone from beginners to serious athletes.