February Special Mardi Gras 2018 Edition – SOLD OUT

We’re getting into the Mardi Gras spirit with a special rainbow edition of Bingay … BINGAY PRIDE!

Celebrate the wonderful diversity, strength and all-around fabulousness of our community. Expects lots of rainbow flags and gay pride anthems! It’ll be the perfect warm-up to the parade so bring your whole float to your table!

Our amazing hosts Charisma Belle and Naomi Palmer will dazzle, along with our wonderful Bingay volunteers!

So come and get your pride on at Bingay! See you there!

$20 all games, all night with all proceeds to ACON


When: Wednesday 28 February, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Upstairs Beresford  |  354 Bourke St, Surry Hills 2010
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!


(NOTE: This Bingay is being held on a Wednesday , and not the usual Thursday)


Bingay Does Barangaroo

We’re injecting some Bingay fun at Barangaroo this Mardi Gras as part of the Colour the Streets festival!

Join us as we take over the stunning Wild Sage cafe on Thursday 1 March at 6.30pm. With lush décor, delicious food and scrumptious cocktails, it’s the perfect place for Bingay!

Bingay is gay bingo which means lots of naughty calls, cheeky banter and hilarious repartee. Hosted by Sydney drag icon Charisma Belle and long-time barrel babe Naomi Palmer, it’s fabulous fun with plenty of prizes and giveaways.

Bring the whole team – group bookings welcome! It’s the perfect warm-up to your Mardi Gras weekend.

Happy Mardi Gras!

$20 all games, all night with all proceeds to ACON




When: Thursday 1 March, 6.30pm – 10pm
Where: Exchange Place  |  3 Sussex St, Barangaroo NSW 2000
Tickets: $20 All games, all night!
Bingay Does Barangaroo tickets!


April Bingay

More information coming soon!

When: Thursday 12 March, 7pm – 10pm
Where: Upstairs Beresford  |  354 Bourke St, Surry Hills 2010
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 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. Retro disco bingo in Darlo – what’s not to love!

Proudly sponsored by


Avoid The Drop Zone

A conversation about GHB, other drugs and overdose

Join the conversation about , looking after yourself and your mates and preventing and managing overdoses.

Featuring a panel of community speakers and audience Q&A.

Light refreshments available.


When: Wednesday 21 February, 7pm for a 7:30pm start
Where: The Red Rattler | 6 Faversham Street, Marrickville
By Monday 19 February  |


Rainbow Buzz: LGBTI Inclusive Practice Training

ACON, with the support of Central & Eastern Sydney PHN, South Western Sydney PHN, North Sydney PHN and Coordinare – South Eastern PHN, is providing free and essential one day training, for workers who support clients experiencing issues with alcohol and/or other drugs (AOD).

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

Refreshments will be included.

Locations: Training sessions will be held in Bega, Blacktown, Bowral, Campbelltown, Goulburn, Moruya, Nowra, Queanbeyan, Sydney and Wollongong. Training programs will run till June 2018. Registration will commence as dates and venues are confirmed.


Click below for specific training locations, dates and times.



LGBTI Community Violence Consultations

You are invited to attend aone of our  LGBTIQ Community Violence Consultation

If you identify as LGBTIQ we want to hear your experiences of violence and get your thoughts on how to create safe and inclusive local communities.

LGBTIQ Community Violence includes physical and non-physical assault motivated by LGBTIQ prejudice. This type of violence typically occurs in public or street based settings but also happens in other settings such as housing, employment or in the provision of services.
This consultation will not cover domestic and family violence.

Your input will shape the development of future projects that will benefit your local community.


Consultations schedule:

When: Thursday 22 February 2018, 5pm – 8pm
Where: Northern Rivers Community Legal Centre  |  16 Carrington Street, Lismore
RSVP: Before Thursday 15 February to

When : Wednesday 28 February 2018, 6pm – 9pm
Where: The Gateway Hotel  |  139 Maitland Rd, Islington
RSVP: Before Wednesday 21 February to

Please include your name, phone number and any food or access requirements when you RSVP.
Light snacks & refreshments will be provided.

Mental Health First AID – Open Evening & Courses

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is the help provided to a person who is developing a mental health problem, experiencing a worsening of a mental health problem, or in a mental health crisis. MHFA courses teach mental health first aid strategies to members of the public.

ACON is pleased to be hosting a series of FREE MHFA courses during March and April 2018.

If you would like to learn more about MHFA and share with us what you might like to learn from a MHFA course, please come along to our open evening.

Spaces are limited so please register before Tuesday 6 February. This event is funded by City of Sydney.


When: Wednesday 7 February, 6.15pm – 8pm
Where: ACON Level 3  |  414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Email your name and contact to


ACON is pleased to be hosting a series of FREE MHFA courses during March and April 2018.

There are no prerequisites for this course which is open to all members of the LGBTI communities.

If you would like to participate in one of our MHFA courses, please register as there are limited spaces for each session.

Please note, you will need to attend all the days for each session.

Dates & Times

  • SESSSION 1 (evening course)
    15, 22 March, 5 & 12 April
    6pm – 9pm
    7 – 8 April
    9am – 4pm
    28 – 29 April
    9am – 4pm

Where: ACON Level 3  |  414 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills
Email your name, contact and preferred session to


LGBTI Human Rights Lecture

“From pink triangles to social acceptance? Reflections on human rights and the journey still to come”

Presented by ACON and Sydney Health Ethics, this public lecture will explore the intersections of human rights and LGBTI people with diverse sexualities, genders and sex characteristics.

Speakers will provide contemporary and historical examples of the ways that sexual and gender minorities have experienced human rights challenges and reflect on the treatment of LGBTI people through legal and social frameworks.

Find out more and RSVP in here

LGBTI Inclusion and HIV 101 Workshops for Service Workers

Would you like to increase your capacity to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, gain an understanding of HIV, and be more inclusive in your practice?
We’re offering a FREE half day LGBTI inclusion and HIV 101 workshop specifically for staff and volunteers who work in CALD and Refugee Services.

Workshop is free. Light refreshments will be provided.


Workshop Dates & Times

  • Thursday 22 March, 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • Thursday 29 March, 9:30am – 1:30pm
  • Thursday 26 April, 9:30am – 1:30pm

Where: Northern Settlement Services  |  8 Chaucer Street, Hamilton, NSW
RSVP: Contact ACON Hunter  |  02 4962 7700  |
Please include your name, contact and preferred session

*CALD – Culturally And Linguistically Diverse

Silver Rainbow LGBTI Aged Care Awareness Training

This free, essential, and relevant one day training for all workers in the aged care sector will help promote a better understanding of the needs of the LGBTI people and provide staff with more confidence to deliver an inclusive, best practice service.

This national initiative is being presented at a venue near you.

For more information about dates & venues, or to register for a workshop, click here.