ACON is ramping up its work in TGD health, which includes the release of our very first blueprint for TGD health (to be launched in April). To help promote our messages and raise awareness of our work in improving TGD health and wellbeing, we are seeking TGD community members to participate in a photo shoot. We are looking to represent as much diversity as possible: different body shapes, ages, cultural backgrounds etc.

Images from the shoot will be used, when needed, in various ACON campaigns, videos, resources and publications.


  • You’ll be helping raise awareness of TGD health issues, programs and initiatives
  • You’ll receive a $20 gift voucher

Date: Monday 25 March 2019

Time: The photo shoot is between 3.00pm – 5.30pm.

Duration: 10 – 15 minutes

Location: ACON 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010


IDAHOBIT 2019 Community Grants

Thursday 17 May is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia. The international theme for IDAHOBIT 2019 is Justice and Protection for All.

ACON is providing 8 small grants of $650 to support individuals or community groups to hold an event to increase awareness of IDAHOBIT and demonstrate the theme in your local community.

For more information contact Michael via

Please complete the form below for an IDAHOBIT 2019 Community Grant or you can apply here.

A Grant Application Guide and more info is available by clicking here.




Easter is upon us and to mark the occasion, we’re throwing a Bingay eggs-travaganza!

Join us on Thursday 11 April for an Easter party of epic proportions. We’ll be transforming The Beresford into an Easter wonderland, full of Easter goodies and Easter eggs. Don your best Easter outfit, there are prizes for best dressed.

Our fabulous hosts Naomi Palmer and Charisma Belle will enthrall and entertain with naughty calls, hilarious stories and cheeky banter. And of course, our amazing Bingay volunteers will be on hand to cater to your every whim.

Now in its 20th big year, Bingay is a much-loved Gay Sydney institution that raises funds for ACON, NSW’s leading LGBTI health organisation. Dropping balls since 1999, all funds raised at Bingay go to programs and services that support the health and wellbeing of LGBTI people and people living with HIV in NSW.

Thank you for your continued love and support! We can’t wait to see you at Easter Bingay!

Hop to it!

Date: Thursday 11 April 2019
Time: 7pm-late
Location: The Beresford, 354 Bourke St, Surry Hills
Tickets: $20 all games, all night with 100% of 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: Friday 1 March, 4pm, Walk 2: Saturday 23 March, 4pm

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

Group size: max. 15 people

Cost: FREE (RSVP Essential)


Retreat For Gay Men With HIV

Event Date: Fri 5 (Late afternoon) – Tue 9 April 2019 (Leave straight after breakfast)

Registration Closing Date: 1 April 2019

Event Details:

2019 NSW Rural Retreat for Gay Men with HIV, at an outdoor educational centre in the Tweed Valley, northern NSW.

A live-in residential extended weekend retreat for gay men living with HIV and their partners who are residents of regional/rural NSW or SE QLD.

We warmly invite all gay men living rurally with HIV (regardless of how long you have lived with HIV, your age or location in rural NSW or SE Qld) to join us!

A formal workshop programme is provided on health issues relevant to living with HIV. This year the Retreat workshops will focus on recognizing and growing your strengths and resilience living with HIV.

We also offer yoga classes, canoeing, bushwalking, ball games, and swimming. All meals and shared bunkhouse style accommodation (or camping if you prefer) are provided. The venue has a well-stocked reading library and board games. There’s lots of ‘free’ time for relaxation, reading, games and informal chatting.

More information (including a comprehensive information pack) is available from


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:


Party and Play Forum

The ins and outs of staying safe and having fun.

For a lot of guys, navigating hook-ups and the party scene can be quite daunting.

Whether you are experienced or just curious, join us for a community forum where we discuss how to play safely and respectfully, what risks are involved, and the best way to take care of yourself and your mates. You will also get to hear from a panel of community experts and peers.

This forum will be a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space for same-sex attracted Asian guys and their mates. The aim is to provide you with the information to make healthy and informed choices.

When: Tuesday 19 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm

Where: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Cost: Free