Sydney to Host 2023 World Pride

by Sam Cronin

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Monday October 21, 2019

Called by some the "gay Olympics," World Pride is one of the LGBTQ+ community's fastest growing event. In 2023, Sydney, Australia will play host in a huge victory for the community down under. It's a biennial event which could bring together an estimated 1m people to the city, according to Arts Minister Don Harwin who told ABC News Australia it could be "a real shot in the arm" for the local economy.

Additionally, ABC reports that Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres said it could generate an economic footprint of over $664 million.

"Sydney is a truly cosmopolitan city with an amazing harbour, delicious food and beverage, world-class transport and a proud history of celebrating diversity," Ayres said. "This global event undoubtedly belongs in Australia's global city."

2019's World Pride was hosted in New York City, and celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. The 2021 event is set to occur in Copenhagen, Denmark.

SBS News reports: that Sydney will be "the first city in the southern hemisphere to host the event, [as] was announced... at a ceremony in Athens on Sunday, beating Houston and Montreal." Sydney reportedly won 60% of the vote, beating out Montreal with 36% and Houston with 3%.

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was one group which campaigned hard for the event to be hosted in Sydney, and hopes that hosting World Pride can raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community in the region (including Asia Pacific).

"Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region," Mardi Gras co-chair Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco said.

"[It] is home to 60 per cent of the world's population, yet too often overlooked and under-represented. The vast majority of LGBTIQ+ communities within this region are denied fundamental human rights," the event hosting bid read.

2023's Sydney World Pride will take place in February, and will coincide with the 45th anniversary of Sydney's Mardi Gras parade.

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