For the first time in Australia, the history, culture and character of the LGBTQIA+ community will be preserved and protected, under a new strategy unveiled for Oxford Street in Sydney.
The City of Sydney’s LGBTQIA+ Social and Cultural Places Strategy Project will encourage inclusive businesses, fund new public artwork and support the creation of a Pride Museum around the famous shopping and entertainment street.
“We love Oxford Street. It is one of our most beautiful and beloved streets and we are committed to building on its reputation as an iconic gay, lesbian and creative neighborhood, buzzing with activity day and night,” said Mayor Clover Moore.
“During our consultation for new planning controls for the area, we heard loud and clear that you want the LGBTIQA+ character of the area to be protected and enhanced.
“That’s why we’ve developed this LGBTIQA+ cultural and social venue strategy for Oxford Street. The strategy is one of the few in the world to explore ways to protect and preserve LGBTIQA+ culture and communities, and the first of its kind in Australia, reflecting the importance of this neighborhood and local LGBTIQ+ community to the past and Australia’s future.
“In February 2023, Sydney will host WorldPride 2023. It promises to be one of the biggest events in Sydney since the 2000 Olympics and presents the perfect opportunity to bring this venue strategy to life.
“This strategy, together with new planning controls, will help us provide more cultural spaces in the neighborhood – galleries, artist spaces, theatres, restaurants and nightclubs – a 24-hour neighborhood that offers more cultural offerings. inclusive and diverse that include the full spectrum of LGBTIQA+ communities.
The draft strategy has five priority areas.
– Recognize historic LGBTQIA+ places/spaces
The City of Sydney will review plans of significance in the region and update heritage inventories of significant sites to reflect their social and cultural significance to LGBTQIA+ communities
– Increase visibility and reflect LGBTQIA+ communities
To ensure LGBTQIA+ culture and communities are visible throughout the neighborhood, positive public art messages, flags, banners and other creative concepts will be explored
– Maintain the character
Business controls and guidelines will be introduced to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTQIA+ customers and communities are welcome and respected in the region
– Increase spaces
The City of Sydney will support the opening of an LGBTQIA+ pride center or museum, and work with advocacy groups and government to seek funding and a suitable location
– Ensure the community is safe/supported
The City of Sydney will work with partners to improve access to relevant programs, services and safe spaces for young LGBTQIA+ people, transgender and gender diverse people and older/vulnerable members of the community.