Sydney WorldPride 2023 (17 February – 5 March)

28 February 2023

1.6 MINS

In 2023, Sydney Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride unite to present a truly global LGBTQIA+ pride festival — the very first in the Southern Hemisphere.

The theme for the festival, GATHER, DREAM, AMPLIFY, was developed in partnership with our extraordinary First Nations and LGBTQIA+ communities. It acknowledges the traditional custodians of Australia and represents our commitment to equality and inclusion.

Sydney WorldPride will be calling. A calling to come together and participate in a global movement. (Sydney WorldPride 2023)

For two weeks, Australia’s biggest city, the capital of New South Wales, gets to host the Sydney WorldPride 2023; apparently, it is the first time this event has been held in the southern hemisphere.

I think I might have half-expected this to have been hosted in left-wing, Labor Party-controlled Melbourne, Victoria. But in right-wing, Liberal/National Coalition-controlled Sydney, New South Wales, this has taken me by surprise.

Political Consequences

On Saturday, 25 March 2023, New South Wales goes to the polls to elect our representatives for the next term of the NSW Parliament. There will be many NSW Liberal/National supporters reading the Daily Declaration (if you are reading this post, thank you so much). Do you support the heart of Sydney being taken over daily by Sydney WorldPride 2023 events and the public transport system being modified to service these happenings?

It seems to me that our representatives are desperate to craft their policies on their perception of the will of the people. If, like me, you don’t approve then don’t let your silence be interpreted as condoning the event. Last week I wrote to my NSW lower house representative and to the Premier, letting them know that as a Bible-believing Christian, I do not support this festival. I also suggested that I might not be supporting the Liberal/Nationals on 25 March as a result.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the performers or the participants in these events. My concern is that because of the support from the Liberal/Nationals, I now feel let down and discriminated against for two weeks, as I am having to choose to keep away from the heart of Sydney, as these events are offensive to my values.

I believe that if we all write letters to our representatives and to the Premier, perhaps our voice will be heard. But even if our letters fall on deaf ears, we can’t be held accountable for letting evil flourish because good people said nothing! God will hear for sure, and the future is in His hands.


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  1. John Ziraj 28 February 2023 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Dr Twelves, thoroughly agree with your segment (as above) also my wife & I do not even watch this event being telecast on msn, on the so-called “news” segments (esp. the abc channel) as this is not something that we endorse.
    However, I did read somewhere that the pride event spanning from 17.2.23 till 5.3.23 was already agreed to & firmed in by the previous Premier of NSW.
    But on the other hand, that does not excuse the present Premier & his team to just stand back & fold their hands as if this is just a normal everyday occurrence.

  2. Jim Twelves 28 February 2023 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    John, thank you for your endorsement. I do not listen to much mainstream media myself, just enough to assess what is making headlines and what is not.
    Keeping politics aside for the moment, is we view this event from say the perspective of Japan and the Japanese, they would simply see that, wow Sydney, must be the ‘Pride’ capital of Australia, to be hosting an event for two whole weeks! I don’t want my silence to be construed as approval, and as I said, even if no one hears me, the Lord will and He holds the future in His hands, I have full confidence in that.

  3. James Murray 1 March 2023 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    do you know what offends my values Jim? Bigoted religious fanatics who are intolerant to the sexuality and lifestyles of others.

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