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2019 Mardi Gras
Western was again proud to take part in Sydney’s high profile Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, championing the lead for inclusion and equality across our campuses and within the communities of Greater Western Sydney.
On Saturday 2 March 2019, the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade again celebrated all the colours of diversity and inclusion, highlighting LGBTIQ lives, culture, community and creativity. Across its 41 year history the parade has been an inclusive expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) identity and pride.
Western Sydney University proudly hosted our 5th float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. This year our theme was ‘Academic Superheroes: Queer inclusion and equality champions’, reflecting Western’s role as a leader in inclusion and equality through its academic mission.
Another fabulous Mardi Gras event full of colour, glitter and glamour.
Our Academic superheros were accompanied by family, friends and the Pro Vice-Chancellor Kevin Bell and his wife Diane Bell, who joined the lead marchers on their celebratory walk up Oxford Street.
We thank Western's Ally Network for their leadership and assistance with preparing the University's float and their support of our LGBTIQ students and staff. Western's Ally Network is an endorsed group of students and staff committed to creating an inclusive and respectful culture at the University for LGBTIQ community members. To find out more about the Ally Network and LGBTIQ-related supports and activities at Western, go to www.westernsydney.edu.au/ally
2018 Mardi Gras
On Saturday 3 March 2018, the 40th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade celebrated the freedom to be whoever you are. The parade was an inclusive expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) identity and pride.
Western Sydney University was proud to again host a float in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mard Gras Parade. In 2018 our theme was ‘Love Unlimited’ and reflected the University’s strong commitment to equality and inclusion of our LGBTIQ students and staff.
For more information on Western's Ally Network please email Melinda Blackmore (firstname.lastname@example.org)
2017 Mardi Gras
This year Western went Mardi Gras, again! Our third and biggest float so far. Nearly 100 proud LGBTIQ Western students, staff and their straight Allies marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (opens in a new window) on 4 March 2017.
In 2017 we marched together, along with the Vice Chancellor, under the banner 'Equality Unlimited' showing the world Western's commitment to equal rights, diversity and inclusion regardless of sexual orientation or gender status.
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2016 Mardi Gras Float
In 2016, Western's Mardi Gras float grew into a large scale affair with 50 of our staff, students, alumni, and partner institutions joining in, and many more helping to prepare the float ready for the parade. We marched under the banner of 'Pride Unlimited' and proudly showed off the University's fabulous diversity and inclusion.
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Western strives to demonstrate within and beyond the University our support and celebration of our LGBTIQ identifying staff, students and broader community and this year's Mardi Gras float illustrated this in every way.
Western's Executive lent its assistance to the 2016 Mard Gras float including a call to all students and staff by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Barney Glover, for Mardi Gras marchers. Professor Glover wrote:
Dear Staff and Students,
On Saturday 5 March, the 38th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade will celebrate the freedom to be whoever you are. The parade is an inclusive expression of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) identity.
Following the success of our inaugural Mardi Gras Parade float last year, we are once again celebrating diversity with a Western Sydney University float. This year, our float theme is "Western Pride Unlimited".
I invite you to join staff and students who support our vision of diversity by marching alongside the University's float. This is a tangible way to support and celebrate our staff, students and alumni from the LGBTIQ community and their valuable contribution to the University.
I would like to thank the many staff and students who have assisted in the preparation of the University's float, and the University's Ally Network for its leadership in this activity.
Vice-Chancellor and President
8 February 2016
2015 Inaugural Mardi Gras Float
In 2015 for the first time, the University's staff and students marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Our Ally Network, Queer Collective, and others from across the University paraded together under the banner 'UWS Unites' to demonstrate the University's support for inclusion and diversity in education.
Ally Network members Dr Tinashe Dune and Dr Ann Cheryl Armstrong published an academic article (opens in a new window) in the Journal of Social Inclusion about the organisational impact of the University's inaugural Mardi Gras float preparations