December – BIG BINGAY Special Christmas Edition!

Big Bingay returns for a Special Christmas Edition!

BIG BINGAY returns to its Paddo home in December for one night only for our annual over the top Christmas Special.


When: Friday 8 December, 7pm – 10pm
Where: The Paddington RSL – 220-232 Oxford St, Paddington 2021
Tickets: $30 All games, all night!
Purchase tickets to BIG BINGAY Christmas Special!


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!

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Hats Off! to 20 Fabulous Years

ACON, in association with Oz Showbiz Cares/Equity Fights AIDS (OSCEFA), presents HATS OFF! HO20!

On Monday 20 November Hats Off! turns 20! So it’s time to celebrate this fabulous milestone, or in other words, it’s time to take our Hats Off to Hats Off!.

To celebrate this milestone Hats Off! will be performed on the stage of the Sydney Lyric Theatre on the set of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical on Monday 20 November.

The original producers Margi de Ferranti and James Lee team up with Hats Off! legend and superstar Trevor Ashley as Director and together they will present a night of sheer fabulousness. A cavalcade of Hats Off! alumni and others will grace the stage with some memorable numbers from the past 20 years performing showstopper tunes.

The star-studded line-up includes:

Trevor Ashley

Paul Capsis

Rachael Beck

Mitchel Butel

Michael Cormick

Tim Draxl

Nancye Hayes

Shauna Jensen

Lara Mulcahy

Shaun Rennie

Geraldine Turner

Queenie van de Zandt

Genevieve Lemon

Amy Lepahmer

Lisa Adam as Amy Winehouse

The cast of Beautiful

… and many more amazing artists still to follow!

Since it’s humble beginnings at the Footbridge theatre in 1997, Hats Off! has grown into one of Sydney’s LGBTQI premiere events. After the Footbridge got too small Hats Off! moved to the showroom at Star City, then Sydney Theatre, and finally to the Seymour Centre where it has been a popular part of the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival for many years.

This year Hats Off! is back at The Star at the Lyric Theatre on the set of Beautiful – The Carole King Musical. Hats Off! would be nothing without the generous stars that have donated their time to help mitigate the lives of those living with HIV/AIDS.

WHERE: Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star
WHEN: Monday 20 November
TIME: 7.30pm
PRICES: from $69.00

Western Sydney Pride 6-Aside Soccer Tournament

The inaugural Western Sydney Pride Tournament is coming to Western Sydney at the amazing Valentine Sports Park in Glenwood; the home of Football NSW on Saturday 2 December, 2017.

Brought to you by the team behind the annual Sydney Mardi Gras Tournament and Pride Football Australia Tournament, the tournament will feature two 6-aside competitions for men and women (trans and gender diverse people are welcome and highly encouraged to play in either competition).

You can enter individually, or as a part/whole team. Teams can have a maximum of 10 players (with 6 on the field at any one time) and there can only be 8 teams per comp so get in quick!

Individual registration fees are $10 + bf, or
Team registration fees are $50 + bf saving you up to $50.

There’s a cafe on site so you can grab a bite during the day or after you’ve exhausted yourself on the field.

For more information, visit the event Facebook page.

A Christmas Gathering

ACON’s LOVE Project and Women’s Project are hosting A Christmas Gathering – A consultation for LGBTI people 55+

Help us plan for our fabulous 2018 events.

Your ideas are essential and will help us deliver activities focused on your needs and preferences.

Be entertained by the fabulous Aunty Mavis, enjoy some yummy Christmas treats and win a lucky door prize.

Wear some red, white, green or gold. Maybe combine them all.


When: Sunday 10 December, 2pm – 5pm
Where: ACON, 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills
Essential before Thursday 7 December (see below)

For more information or to book contact:
Manjusha Merrymaker  |  02 9206 2107  |
Kelly Watson  |  02 9206 2006  |


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.



HowHard presents Tom of Finland Screening


See the critically-acclaimed film Tom of Finland at a special Red Ribbon Appeal benefit screening presented by HowHard. Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to the screen the life and work of one of the world’s most iconic gay artists. Tickets $25 (includes film, drink at the door and a donation to the Red Ribbon Appeal). Get your tickets now at the Red Ribbon Appeal website.

What: HowHard presents “Tom Of Finland
When: Thursday, 30th November – 7pm start!
Where: Palace Central Park Sydney
Level 3, Central Park Mall, 28 Broadway, Chippendale NSW
Google map and directions

Purchase ticket(s) at Red Ribbon Appeal website