ACON and the Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, in association with ICON Film Distributions and Dendy Cinemas, are proud to present a special preview screening of ‘1985’.


Having been gone for three years, closeted advertising executive Adrian (Cory Michael Smith, “Gotham”) returns to his Texas hometown for the holidays during the first wave of the AIDS crisis. Burdened with an unspeakable tragedy in New York City, Adrian looks to reconnect with his preteen brother Andrew (Aidan Langford) while navigating his relationship with religious parents Eileen (Academy Award Nominee Virginia Madsen) and Dale (Golden Globe Award Winner Michael Chiklis). When he reaches out to his estranged childhood friend Carly (Jamie Chung, “The Gifted”), their unresolved issues force Adrian to confront an uncertain future that will significantly alter the lives of those around him. Shot on black-and-white Super 16mm film, ‘1985’ takes a unique look at a pivotal moment in American history through the prism of empathy, love and family.

Cost: Free




Dust off your sequins, turn on your wind machines and get your glam on for our annual Eurovision warm-up party on Thursday 9 May!

From the outrageous and divine to the kitsch and tacky, we’re cheering on the world’s biggest television event by paying homage to everything that makes it fabulous, camp and glorious.

Think iconic Eurovision outfits, classic Eurovision dance moves and of course, those iconic Eurovision tunes.

Come as your favourite artist, don your best country costume and dance to your cherished Eurovision track – our warm-up party will get you into the spirit of Eurovision.

There are loads of prizes, surprises and giveaways, not to mention a whole heap of fun from our fabulous hosts Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer, and wonderful Bingay voluinteers.
Now in its 20th big year, Bingay is a much-loved gay Sydney institution. First held in 1999, Bingay is a fundraiser for ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation. All proceeds from Bingay goes directly back into the community through ACON’s health programs and initiatives.

Our Eurovision warm-up event always sells out so be sure to secure your spot. Book early to get the best seats!

See you at Bingay Eurovision! Douze points!


Date: Thursday 9 May
Time: 7pm – 10pm
Location: The Beresford, 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Tickets: $20 all games, all night with all proceeds to ACON.




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 Beresford 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.

For more information and bookings, visit the Bingay website here

Bondi Badlands Historical Violence Walking Tour

Delivered by Greg Callaghan, author of the true crime novel Bondi Badlands, the tour provides a detailed insight into the lives of four gay men who sadly went missing or lost their lives nearby Marks Park, Bondi.

Intended to raise awareness and contribute to community healing, the tour explores local and LGBTIQ history and sheds light on the circumstances that gave rise to the wave of violence during the 1980’s and 1990’s and pays respect to the many lives impacted.

This engaging and informative walking tour will take you around picturesque Mackenzies Headland, Bondi.


Walk 1: Saturday 18 May, 3pm,

Walk 2: Saturday 22 June, 3pm

Distance: 1.5kms approx. 90 minutes of easy walking with some steep steps*

Group size: max. 15 people

Cost: FREE (RSVP Essential)


LOVElines: Share some creative and social time with our older LGBTIQ communities

ACON’ s LOVE Project invites you to share some creative and social time with our older LGBTIQ communities 

Ever wanted to sketch that perfect portrait or discover some creative skills you never knew you had? Ready to make new friends? Now’s your chance!

Release your inner creativity at LOVElines, a fortnightly drawing group unlike any other! Hosted by the award winning artist Guy James Whitworth, special guest models and imaginative activities will help you break through those creative blocks and social barriers.

The LOVE Project supports the health and wellbeing of older LGBTIQ people. LOVElines brings together LGBTIQ people of all ages, gender identities, backgrounds and cultures for a fun, social, activities-based gathering. LOVElines will be a safe, respectful space where acceptance, compassion, creativity and intergenerational conversations will be thoroughly encouraged.

All materials will be supplied or bring your own if preferred.

All skills levels welcome. Don’t be shy!

Entry by donation. LOVElines is proudly supported by The Polly’s Club.

Location: ACON Café 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

Time: 9.30 am to 12.00 pm every other Saturday morning:


  • 13 April
  • 27 April
  • 11 May
  • 25 May
  • 15 June
  • 22 June (includes exhibition and luncheon from 12.30 to 2pm)

To register your interest, please contact Russ


t: 02 9206 2017

LOVE Club Gathering

The LOVE Club Gathering is a community activity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people who are 55 plus, their supporters and friends. The Gathering aims is to create a safe, respectful and welcoming space to share regular social time and activities.

All sexualities, gender identities, cultures and backgrounds are welcome.
The LOVE Club is all about maintaining connections, making new ones and building ongoing support networks. Activities may include:

  • Sharing lived experiences and stories
  • Writing, arts or music
  • Supporting physical and emotional wellbeing
  • Field trips
  • Intergenerational conversations
  • Community speakers

This is a new community initiative and one that will evolve with time and community input.
Led by community, for community!
Donations welcome

When: Every fourth Thursday of the month starting Thursday 24 January.

Time: 10.00am – 12.00pm

Location: ACON Ground floor Café 414 Elizabeth Street Surry Hills

For enquiries contact
Russ Gluyas
T: (02) 9206 2017 | E: