Council is working hard to promote inclusion for our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer (LGBTIQ) communities. 

The Inner West occupies a central place in Australia’s LGBTIQ history.

All three of the former councils that comprise Inner West (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville) endorse support for marriage equality and engage LGBTIQ communities in events and consultations such as the Feel the Love Mardi Gras Reception, Wear It Purple Day and an annual forum. Rainbow flags are raised every year to show support for diversity and the benefits it brings to the local community.

Inner West Council is made up of communities where there is a strong spirit of cooperation, trust and pride.

Inner West Pride Centre

Council has completed the first round of intensive community engagement on a Pride Centre in the Inner West.

Council has agreed to  actively pursue engagement towards establishing the first phases of developing a Pride Centre.   
View the Council resolution here 

The comprehensive engagement strategy was designed drawing upon demographic research, input from Council-led Rainbow RoundTable in August 2017 and key stakeholder input.

The engagement included an online survey, engagement residency at FrontYard projects (Marrickville), targeted LGBTIQ consultation and several stalls/engagement at key events in the Mardi Gras calendar.

The community engagement has canvassed a diverse range of issues and themes focusing on

  • Welcoming
  • Safety
  • Access
87% of respondents to the Pride Centre survey said it was very or extremely important to have a Pride Centre in the Inner West.

View the full Pride Centre Engagement Report Here (DOCX 2.5MB)

Next steps

The Pride Centre is coming next year. The location is yet to be confirmed


FREE PROGRAM: 60+ and Active

Come along to our free 7 session program run by qualified health professionals.

Meet like-minded people, learn some information that can improve your quality of life and get involved in some practical and fun activities.

Each session focuses on a different area of health and well-being.


25 June (Week 1):  Introduction and Overview
2 July (Week 2):  Get Moving
9 July (Week 3):  Eating Well
16 July (Week 4):  Staying Stable
23 July (Week 5):  Keeping Sharp
30 July (Week 6):  Getting Social
6 Aug (Week 7): Making Changes

Time: 13.30-15:00             Venue: Tom Foster Community Centre, 11-13 Darley Street, Newtown

Download your PDF flyer here (PDF 406.7KB)

Register here to secure your spot




International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT)

On May 17, 1990, the World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization approved the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, which no longer listed homosexuality as a diagnosis. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) launched in 2004 to champion inclusion and build a better world for the LGBTIQ community.

We're asking community members and allies to take and share a selfie at one of the Pride Seats located around the Inner West to show their support on this day.  

If you can't get to a Pride Seat, no problem - all photos and messages of support are welcome.

Photos can be shared by:

Instagram logo @innerwestcouncil

twitter logo Use hashtag:  #InnerWestIDAHOBIT

Facebook logo Inner West Rainbow Community:
Email logo  Email: (for social media inclusion)

Pride Seat Locations

  • Darling Street, Rozelle (outside the Post Office)
  • King Street, Newtown (outside the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre)
  • Marrickville Road, Marrickville (outside the Marrickville Library)
  • Norton Street, Leichhardt (outside Norton Plaza)
  • Orange Grove Plaza, Lilyfield
  • Lackey Street Piazza, Summer Hill 


Photo credit Anthony Leeson - Inner West LGBTIQ allies in Summer Hill

Visit the IDAHOBIT website for further information


Feel The Love 2019


Each year Council recognises and celebrates the month of Mardi Gras through our fabulous Mardi Gras Reception in February, Feel the Love. Council also proudly opens the month of Mardi Gras by raising Rainbow Flags, street flags and banners throughout the Inner West local area. 2019 marked the seventh annual Feel the Love Reception and was organised in partnership with the Inner West Council LGBTIQ Working Group. Feel the Love 2019 was hosted by Barbra Blacksheep and themed Fierce, Fabulous, Free.

This year's event showcased the fierce and fabulous community members that are giving our community the freedom to be themselves. 

Mardi Gras Official Flag Raising Ceremony

An official Rainbow Flag Raising ceremony was held to mark the start of the Mardi Gras celebrations at the Lackey Street Piazza at Summer Hill. 

The Piazza is home to the Summer Hill Rainbow Crossing and was 'chalked in' by children, families and community members with messages of love and support.

The Rainbow flags were flown throughout the Mardi Gras celebrations from the Piazza and several civic buildings throughout the Inner West area.



Rainbow Roundtable 2017

Members of the LGBTIQ communities came together to discuss emerging issues and talk about local initiatives.  This has provided an opportunity for the local LGBTIQ community to contribute their ideas and views into Council's decision making process.

The Rainbow Roundtable was hosted by Jordan Raskopoulos and covered issues such as:

  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Health and Mental Health
  • Social Isolation
  • Access to appropriate services/programs

Download a copy of the Rainbow Roundtable Community Consultation Report (PDF207.9KB)

Any enquiries to Josie Leeson on: 9392 5756 or


LGBTIQ Library Collections

The Inner West Library service has developed significant collections of LGBTIQ items for our community, including fiction, non-fiction, DVD's and graphic novels.  The collection is aimed at being inclusive with relevant adult non-fiction topics such as:

  • raising gay children
  • being Christian and gay
  • coming out
  • transgender teenagers
  • history of gay and lesbian activism in Australia and the world
  • HIV
  • bullying
  • gay and lesbian marriage guides
  • gay and lesbian parenting guides

The resources are interfiled in the collections and can be identified with a rainbow flag sticker on the spine.

For the catalogue, visit the Inner West Council Library page.


Marriage Equality

Inner West Council flew rainbow flags and banners from its key buildings throughout the voting period for the same-sex marriage postal survey.  The flags and banners confirmed a unified commitment and served as a reminder to residents to make sure they vote and signal Council's support for marriage equality.

Council's LGBTIQ Working Group had requested flags be flown to remind people of the importance of having their say on the issue and to support diversity in our local community. 

All three of the former Councils that comprise the Inner West (Ashfield, Leichhardt and Marrickville) endorsed support for marriage equality.

Rainbow flags flew above key council buildings from 12 September - when enrolled voters started receiving their voting forms, until November 7 – when all forms were due back by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Visit for more information on the marriage equality campaign.


Council Venues

The Inner West was the first council in Australia to offer our facilities for same sex marriages free of charge for 100 days, following the change in marriage laws.  Congratulations to all who utilised this service and were joined in marriage. 

If you would like information for your wedding venue, look no further!


Pride Seats

Seven Pride Seats have been installed in the Inner West.  Each Pride Seat contains a unique plaque dedicated to an Inner West Person or organisation who has campaigned for or contributed to LGBTIQ rights over the years.  

A list of the recipients and their locations are below. 

Recipient                                                                          Location of Pride Seat
Alexander 'Lex' Watson                                              Marrickville Road, Marrickville
The Feminist Bookshop                                             Orange Grove Plaza, Lilyfield
Roberta Perkins                                                              Australia Street, Newtown
Robyn Plaister                                                                  Norton Street, Leichhardt
The Pollys Club                                                                Marrickvillle Road, Marrickville
Timothy J Bishop                                                            Lackey Street Piazza, Summer Hill
Peter Bonsall-Boone                                                   Darling Street, Rozelle
and Peter de Waal     



If you're interested in joining the LGBTIQ Working Group to assist with future events and programs, please get in touch.

All enquiries to Josie Leeson on: 9392 5756 or



Multicultural Support Directory

This directory has been compiled to provide information for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual and including all minority sexual and gender identities, as well as atypical biological sex (LGBTQIA+).  This resource contains information related to religious groups, cultural groups and sporting groups that are specifically for LGBTQIA+ individuals, with the aim of providing assistance and social support in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Access your copy here:   LGBTIQIA Multicultural Support Directory (PDF 737KB)

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