Sydney to host ‘the gay Olympics’ in 2023

Sydney will host the 2023 edition of WorldPride, an international LGBTIQA+ pride event known by many as the “gay Olympics”.

Sydney will become the first city in the southern hemisphere to host the biennial event which will be held over February and March to coincide with the 2023 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

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

Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham welcomed the news of the winning bid.

“It is absolutely fitting that Australia and particularly Sydney celebrate our diversity through such a symbolic event that will also deliver a huge boost to our tourism industry,” he said.

The festival will “attract thousands of international visitors and put Sydney on the world map as a truly inclusive and united global city,” NSW Arts Minister Don Harwin said.