Eliminating LGBTQ Ageism, Telling Our Own Stories

ACON’s LOVE Project, invites you to share experiences of ageing from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Speakers include Jessica-Su Tang, Tom Hatfield, Gail Hewison, Suman Lahiry, C.Moore Hardy and Roy Starkey.

Let’s expose ridiculous stereotypes about older people and join in eliminating LGBTQ ageism by telling our own stories. Broaden your thinking, feel the joy and be enlightened by older LGBTQ people who embrace living with resilience, strength, compassion and fun.

Hosted by Bernie Hobbs, popular judge from ABC TV’s The New Inventors, and a favourite with audiences for her weekly science spots on ABC Radio. Bernie has that rare combination of a sharp intellect, quick wit and warmth.

WHEN: Wednesday 19 May from 11am to 2pm.
WHERE: Redfern Town Hall

Find out more and register here.

Online Forum: People Living with HIV and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Thanks for your interest in our community forum. This live event will include Positive Life NSW Treatment Officer, Brent Clifton interviewing Associate Professor Holly Seale. Together they aim to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have about living with HIV and the COVID-19 vaccine.

About the speakers:

Associate Professor Holly Seale is an infectious disease social scientist at the School of Population Health at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia. She has over 15 years of experience in undertaking social science research focused on improving confidence and engagement of different at-risk groups with immunization and other prevention strategies.

Brent Clifton works as the Positive Life NSW Treatment Officer. Brent has extensive experience working in the HIV sector in NSW supporting communities of people living with HIV. Brent holds a Masters in Public Health from USNW.

The Online Forum will be via Zoom at 6:30-7:30pm on Monday 3 May 2021. Details will be emailed upon registration.

Find out more, submit a question and register here.

IDAHOBIT 2021 Community Grants

NSW is home to thriving and diverse LGBTQ+ communities. We are the sum of resilient First Nations communities, diverse cultural and religious communities, and people of all ages and abilities. We are stronger as a community when we embrace and celebrate our own diversity.

LGBTQ+ groups and individuals are invited to apply for a small grant of up to $1,000 to host local IDAHOBIT activities that increase awareness and celebration of LGBTQ+ diversity in priority settings in NSW.

Applications close 6 April 2021. Events can be held on or around IDAHOBIT 17 May.

For more information about the grants, download the Grant Application Guide or contact Michael Atkinson on (02) 9206 2116 or

Click here to complete the Grant Application.

‘Get Me’ PrEP Forum

New ways to take PrEP in NSW, means there is an option for everyone. Join ACON’s ‘Get Me’ PrEP Forum to get the latest information. This forum will have something for everyone, whether you’ve taken PrEP before and want a general update or haven’t taken PrEP before – we’ve got you covered. Get all your questions answered by our sexual health experts – FOR FREE!!!

Join us Wednesday 17 February @ 6:30pm register online here

Got a specific question related to PrEP, you want answered? Submit your questions with your registration or in our Q&A session to be answered by one of our fabulous experts on the night!

Register here.

Online Sessions

Don’t let isolation leave you disconnected! ACON’s here to help to support you during lockdown.

Click here to find out about our projects that are running online sessions to help you get connected and stay connected!

Bingay | ACON Fundraiser



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 LGBTQ community events + it raises money for our HIV and LGBTQ 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