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Always Proud Exhibition

4 June - 28 June 2023

The Lounge

June is Pride month around the world, and to celebrate Sydney Opera House's rich LGBTIQ+ history, the Box Office Lounge and Bennelong Passage are being transformed into an immersive exhibition that honours and celebrates the stories and contributions of local and international LGBTIQ+ luminaries. 

Built on Tubowgule, a Gadigal meeting place for millennia, the Sydney Opera House has provided a stage for the conversations that matter. While the politicians argued among themselves about family values, we set to work creating the world we wanted to see, confident in the power of culture to bring us together. From those very first days, we put queer stories centre stage. Every voice was welcome and every voice was heard. From Les Girls to Bob Downe, Margaret Cho to Hannah Gadsby, Club Kooky to Club Swizzle, here was a platform for belonging and acceptance and community. 

In 2018, the first Opera House Mardi Gras float was launched in the festival’s 40th anniversary parade, a nod to our enduring connection with the LGBTIQ+ communities of Sydney.

We’re deepening this connection every day, the doors forever open to our extended rainbow family of artists, audiences, visitors and staff. 

Inspiring positive change

For fifty years, the Opera House has been providing a stage for diverse voices, creating space for conversations that matter and opening up the Opera House to more of the community.

As a meeting place for inspiration, pride and the endless pursuit of extraordinary, we are helping to build the world we wanted to see, confident in the power of culture to bring us together.

Our diversity, inclusion and belonging vision is that the Sydney Opera House – who we are and everything we do – reflects and respects the diversity of the community. As we celebrate with activities that represent our city at its best – diverse, equal, inclusive, joyous – we are taking actions for Gender Equality (Goal 5) and Reduced Inequalities (Goal 10) as part of our  commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals) to build a more equitable, sustainable and fairer future. 

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