Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces 2015 Line-Up

Author: , January 26th, 2015

The Ten Year PlanFrom ballerinas to roller derby players, rodeo cowboys to surf lifesavers, and everything in between, the organizers of the 22nd Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival say they aim to deliver the best in LGBTI cinema in 2015.

The festival will be held at Sydney’s Event Cinemas George Street from Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March in 2015.

Film fans have been eagerly awaiting the announcement of the festival’s full program since the release of ten teaser films last November.

Now the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) has announced its full medley of classic and contemporary queer films for 2015 hailing from Australia and countries as far-reaching as Philippines, Kenya, and even the very first queer feature film from Sri Lanka.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival Announces First 10 Films for 2015

Author: , December 18th, 2014

The CircleA sexy DJ on the run in the outback, a lesbian version of Rosemary’s Baby, and a respected transgender teacher in Honolulu are just some of the captivating stories lighting up the silver screen for the Mardi Gras Film Festival (MGFF) in Sydney in 2015.

Tickets for the first ten films in next year’s festival line up are already on sale, which will be the 22nd installment of Australia’s largest LGBTI themed film festival.

From Thursday 19 February to Thursday 5 March 2015 at Event Cinemas George Street, the festival will showcase a diverse range of LGBTI cinema from all corners of the globe, and several of the films will be making their debut at the festival.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Dates Announced for the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , November 26th, 2014

Sydney Gay Mardi GrasThe 2015 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival promises 17 days of parties and events from Friday 20 February to Sunday 8 March next year.

The first big event of the festival will be the popular Fair Day on Sunday 22 February which will see Sydney’s Victoria Park transformed into a massive gay pride picnic and markets with music stages and DJs scattered around the park.

Then on Friday 27 February female voices and experiences will be celebrated at Women Say Something, an annual panel discussion and forum where women role models and thinkers speak. The following day sees one of Sydney’s most popular day parties come to the picturesque Sydney Royal Botanical Gardens on the edge of Sydney Harbor – the annual Harbor Party.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Giant Pink Condom in Sydney

Author: , November 9th, 2014

Pink Condom SydneyOK, here’s the follow-up to the giant Christmas butt plug in Paris.

Now there’s a giant pink condom in Sydney.

Pink News reports:

A giant pink condom has been placed on top of an obelisk in Sydney, as part of a campaign to promote safer sex to gay men. The 157-year-old heritage-listed Hyde Park Obelisk in the Australian city was today covered with the gargantuan condom, as part of a campaign to cut the rates of HIV transmission. Bags containing condoms were also scattered around the structure, bearing the slogan “Test more + treat early + stay safe = ending HIV”. The scheme was dreamed up by the AIDS Council of New South Wales (ACON) – who are claiming it is ‘Australia’s largest condom’.

OK, so what giant sex-toy related art would you like to see next?

Full Story at Pink News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2014 Lost Money

Author: , August 24th, 2014

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The 2014 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival announced a $177,644 financial loss from this year’s festival season and organizers say the event will need a radical overhaul to return to profitability.

Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik told a member meeting today that revenue from ticket sales and fees had been below what the organization had budgeted for.

Organizers had expected to raise an additional $350,000 in 2014 which would have made the event profitable for the second year in a row after it posted a profit of $45,693 in financial year 2012/2013.

By Andrew Potts – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sydney Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

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The shOUT Film Festival is All Over New South Wales in May

Author: , April 29th, 2014

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When Newcastle’s own LGBTI film festival returns this weekend for a third year of on-screen adventures, it’s bringing many more cities and towns along for the ride.

Kicking off next week, the shOUT Film Festival has expanded to include Canberra, Western Sydney, Coffs Harbour and the Gold Coast whilst still staying firmly put in its home town of Newcastle, NSW.

The festival started in Newcastle in 2012 as a way of raising awareness for the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHO, on 17 May each year).

By Matt Akersten – Same Same | New South Wales Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Dingley Dell, Annangrove, New South Wales, Australia

Author: , April 19th, 2014

Dingley Dell - Annangrive, New South Wales, AustraliaPeriodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Country Life in the City: Why travel for hours when you could escape to the country, only 1 hour from the city. Nestled on 10 secluded acres in a park like setting. Enjoy the peace and serenity of the native flora & fauna, & of course not forgetting the cows. Tariff is room rate.

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Twelve Surprising Gay Friendly Destinations

Author: , April 5th, 2014

Stockholm, SwedenThe gay travel industry is booming, in large part because of the increased worldwide acceptance of the LGBT community. From LGBT travel associations like Alt and the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), to LGBT cruise lines like Atlantis, Olivia and R Family Vacations, the gay and lesbian communities are becoming highly prized markets for the travel industry.

According to Merryn Johns, travel writer and Curve Magazine’s editor-in-chief, “[G]ay men and lesbians take at least four leisure trips per year, which is higher than their heterosexual counterparts, and fewer than 10% of LGBTs take organized trips of any kind. This makes gays and lesbians more frequent and more adventurous travelers than straight people.”

But LGBT travelers also seek different comforts. “Romance, seclusion and nature are important to lesbians when they travel, whereas gay men often seek out a scene or bars and clubs. While safety is important to lesbians when they travel, they … seek romance, outdoor adventure, culture and value for money,” she said in an interview with PolicyMic. “Not to mention some great beaches, which means they may seek out more exotic and far-flung destinations than other travelers.”

Authored By -Marcie Bianco See the Full Story at PolicyMic

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10,000 March in Sydney Mardi Gras

Author: , March 2nd, 2014

SydneyThis year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade was one the largest ever, with over 10,000 attendees joining to celebrate in the march.

Despite heavy rain on Saturday, the 36th annual parade got underway with so many attendees that organisers couldn’t keep the event under its 4 hour allotted length.

Sydney mayor Clover Moore said: “This is a global event, the biggest of its kind in the world, and it’s good to make those statements.”

See the Full Story at Pink News

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Ten Things to See at Sydney’s 2014 Gay Mardi Gras

Author: , February 7th, 2014

Sydney Mardi GrasSydney Mardi Gras is kicking off, and the Daily telegraph has a list of ten events to see this year:

1. THE MARDI GRAS DISCO CLIMB

Talk about getting high on life. If God is a DJ then this rainbow themed dancefloor atop the Sydney Harbour Bridge is surely heaven. Can you think of a better way to herald in Mardi Gras season than combining disco with bridge climb? Thought not.

The climb has limited departures and is only available during Mardi Gras. Book early to avoid disappointment.

2. THE 36TH ANNUAL SYDNEY GAY AND LESBIAN MARDI GRAS PARADE

Sydney is home to the loudest, proudest, largest and most-loved celebrations of the LGBTQI community on Earth. Join hundreds of thousands of spectators lining the route along Oxford and Flinders streets on Saturday, March 1. Plant a smile on your face and simply enjoy the wild ride.

Authored By Jessica Clement – See the Full Story at the Daily Telegraph

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