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Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival Releases A Straight Name And Branding

Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival has decided to drop the “gay and lesbian” from its name and call it just “Sydney Mardi Gras”.

Sidney Morning Herald reports:

THE 33-year-old Mardi Gras has a new name, new logo and new message of inclusiveness that organisers admit could alienate traditional supporters.

”We fought for this day, the day we could embrace the wider community and be inclusive,” said the chairman of the Mardi Gras, Peter Urmson.

Gone is the prefix ”gay and lesbian” from the March event, which will now be simply Sydney Mardi Gras. Gone, too, is the ”alphabet soup” of GLBTQI, an awkward acronym which sought to be a catch-all for non-heterosexual minorities.

Insisting that the heart of the annual festival remained gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex people, Mr Urmson said Mardi Gras was inviting any and all comers who wanted to celebrate diversity and ”the right to be”. This would include opening parade floats to new faces who ”share our values”.

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