40 Years of Love

A celebration of the history 

of the Sydney Gay and 

Lesbian Mardi Gras

Created by the

Goldberg Aberline Studio (GAS)

for the City of Sydney and

the Sydney Gay and

Lesbian Mardi Gras

The Pink Triangle

40 Years of Love is built upon a Pink Triangle made from a large aluminium truss.

During World War 2, the Nazi's made homosexuals wear a pink triangle to identify their sexuality. This symbol was adopted and inverted by the gay community in the 1980s as a powerful call to action for funding into research into HIV / AIDS. It is now a symbol used to describe "a safe place".



In an era of safe sex, and incredible advances in drugs such as post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and pre exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), it is hard to imagine the fear and sense of loss as HIV / AIDS entered the gay community in the early 1980s. Mardi Gras gave a platform for political protest around research and funding, high visibility around safe sex issues, and a voice for those living with HIV / AIDS and their carers.

The Butterfly

The butterfly symbol is synonymous with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and represents freedom.

The first march in 1978 ended in violence and arrests, and now the parade is viewed by over 300,000 people at Oxford St, with approximately 10,000 people participating in the parade itself.


Created by First Nation Aboriginal Artist Lawrence Shearer

GAS approached Shearer to create a symbol exploring the notions around family or community. He told us about a symbol for a great fishing place where there was always lots of good food, and everyone was welcome to join the campfire and dance. He calls this symbol "inclusion".


Celebrating sexual and gender diversity and supporting those living beyond the gender binary.


40 Years of Love stands for the power of love!

The act of love is transformative and joyful. Freedom to love makes us all equal.