Yes it’s that time of year again, when the gays get all excited with the impending arrival of Mardi Gras….hurrah! The Sydney gay scene has been going through a bit of a rough period lately, an increasing number of straight venues has brought an increase in violence along Oxford St and surrounding areas. On top of that there have been a number of closures of gay venues on Oxford St and in Newtown.
One of the worst incidents of violence was that of a gay couple who were attacked after holding hands, one of them was kicked in the face while laying in the middle of the road. His mobile was stolen and his mother later received a text message from the mobile saying “We’ve killed your faggot son”….all this in Sydney in 2008. A vigil was held for those two guys and to start getting some action from the Police, Council and Government to get these issues sorted.
However Oxford St is getting ready to put the sparkle back on to celebrate the 30th Anniversary Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras , even if it’s for one night only. Saturday 1st March is the big parade following by the closing party. There’s also a load of events which happen in the run up to the first including Fair Day which happened on Sunday and at which I took a few pics with new Lomo Fisheye 2 camera.
Personally I’ll be heading to Underbear at Arq and the Wet Furr Pool Party as part of the Bear Essentials festival. Again I’ll probably be taking pics in the parade, as long as it’s not pissing down, then I’ll be heading to the party.
At $150 a ticket it’s pretty steep but as it’s the 30th Anniversary there’s talk of big things and surprise guests. Though so far the biggest name they’ve announced is Olivia Newton-John, doesn’t quite float my boat but the locals seem to be getting excited about it. Rumours for other acts include Scissor Sisters and Kylie, though the latter is pretty unlikely.
The summer’s not been kind so far so everyone cross fingers 1st March as traipsing up Oxford St in the wet won’t be fun. Prepare for photos and updates once I’ve recovered!