Pride, passion, power: Sydney University dishes up rainbow pride
The University of Sydney’s Pride festival will kick off with an inaugural Queer March.
Marchers will gather at Eastern Avenue before taking to the streets to converge on Camperdown Park for a “full blown” festival event.
This year the Sydney University Students Representative Council, University of Sydney Union and the university’s queer social society Shades have joined forces to ensure there is triple the fun.
Festival organiser Lucy Watson said the festival aims to celebrate the pride, passion, and power of the queer and allied community on campus.
“It's also about learning about ourselves and our community, through workshops and panel discussions, and having a good time. These sorts of events are really important to build the community and boost LGBTI visibility on campus,” Watson says.
She says a recent trip to the US where she participated in Dyke March at San Francisco Pride was the inspiration for this year’s inaugural Queer March.
“The spirit there was great – just a really big community, gathering together and celebrating in the streets. The official Pride parade was very similar to Mardi Gras, but this was really just a community march, where everyone was welcome, and there was no official approval process. I wanted to bring this spirit home.”
As for the festival at large, Watson says there is plenty on offer.
“The highlights will be different for everyone, from ass classes to autonomous queer people of colour discussions, to sharing coming out stories by candlelight. The two biggest events are the march on Sunday, and the closing night party, Super Queeroes, on Friday night at Zanzibar.”