Sydney Queer Irish exists:
to support those who identify as LGBTQI within and connected to the Irish and Irish Australian community in Sydney and NSW; and
to be a role model for acceptance of LGBTQI people from other cultures and nationalities in Australia and around the world.
• We will create visibility and provide a voice for the queer Irish communityin Sydney and Australia- SQI will benefit both Irish-born LGBTQI people and those of Irish-descent, in Australia, by being a more visible group within the greater Sydney Irish and LGBTQI communities and help give a voice to those who identify as LBTQI within and connected to the Irish and Irish Australian community.
• We will be role models of multicultural acceptance and settlement support- We will network and collaborate with other LGBTQI groups across Australia to promote, role model and build acceptance and support for LGBTQI people from all cultures and backgrounds
• We will provide a platform for expression and coming together to communicate who we are and what we stand for- We will hold monthly and larger quarterly events for SQI community to meet and network, and also raise funds to participate in both the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade and St Patricks’ Day parade in Sydney, and other events that support our objectives, as appropriate.
The Committee and members of Sydney Queer Irish acknowledge the traditional owners of the land where we gather, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and, we pay our respects to their elders past present and emerging.
The Committee and members of Sydney Queer Irish acknowledge the Sydney and Australian LGBTQI community and the LGBTQI community in Ireland. We pay our respect to elders of those communities who have led the struggle to secure our freedoms to meet openly and celebrate who we are.
Community and Association
References to LGBTQI community and Queer community are used interchangeably in this document to represent all people and communities that connect or identify as LGBTQIA++ or any other such fully inclusive acronym across the spectrum of sex and gender diversity.
References to Ireland and Irish represent all 32 counties in the island of Ireland and the nationals and descendants of those 32 counties.
References to the ‘association’ mean Sydney Queer Irish or SQI
SQI acknowledge the assistance of the Emmigrant Support Program - Government of Ireland.