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Yaasss: Sydney Is Going To Host WorldPride, So Start Planning Your Outfit Now

In Big Gay News, Sydney has won the bid to host WorldPride in 2023. We beat out Montreal and Houston to bring the iconic LGBTIQ event down under.

The news was announced in Athens, Greece at an annual general meeting for InterPride, the international association of Pride event organisers. Sydney won with 60 per cent of the votes — Montreal, Canada ended up with 36 per cent, and Houston, Texas with 3 per cent.

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took to social media overnight to celebrate the announcement. “This is a major win for Sydney, Australia and the Asia Pacific region more broadly. Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region.”

 

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🚨 BREAKING 🚨 Sydney has won our bid to host WorldPride 2023! 🏳️‍🌈🌏 Members of the worldwide InterPride network of Pride organisations voted between Sydney, Montreal and Houston as the host city for WorldPride 2023. We won with 60% of the vote. ❤️ WE THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS FOR THE SUPPORT AND VOTES WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM AROUND THE WORLD. ❤️ This is a major win for Sydney, Australia and the Asia Pacific region more broadly. Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region. A huge thanks to our Federal, State and Local governments, corporate and community partners, the extended team at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras as well as our global community for helping bring WorldPride to Sydney 2023!

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In addition to being a massive tourism boost for Australia, the event will provide a safe space for LGBTIQ people from the wider Asia-Pacific region. “Many LGBTQI people in Asia Pacific are unable to celebrate pride in their own countries. WorldPride in Sydney would provide the opportunity to celebrate pride in a welcoming city,” said Mardi Gras Board Member and 78er Robyn Kennedy.

People are stoked, with everyone from Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Labor MP Tanya Plibersek taking to social media to celebrate the news.

Sydney WorldPride will be held over February and March in 2023 to coincide with the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras. Queers, you know what to do: start planning your outfits and put in your annual leave now. This is gonna be a big one.