Skip to content
Community, LGBTQIA

United commitment to integrate pride into the heart of Oxford Street

City of Sydney 3 mins read
L-R = Cr Adam Worling, City of Sydney; Supt Anthony Metcalfe, Commander Surry Hills PAC; Shane Warren, Chair Oxford Street Pride Business Charter; Richie Haines, Chair Surry Hills Liquor Accord; Glenn Hansen, Stonewall Hotel; Keira Billien

A new initiative aimed at improving inclusivity and safety has been introduced in the heart of Sydney’s LGBTIQA+ communities.

 

A collective of bars and pubs on Oxford Street have come together in a united front against homophobia and transphobia by encouraging security across the precinct to wear PrideVis security vests. 

 

The PrideVis vests are a safety initiative of the Surry Hills Liquor Accord, supported by the City of Sydney, NSW Police, Oxford Street Pride Business Charter and the Rainbow Precinct.

 

Featuring Pride flag emblems, the vests are a symbol for safe spaces, and security guards wearing them can be approached with safety issues or concerns.

 

The vests also signal to the broader community that Oxford Street is an inclusive neighbourhood, where venues stand firmly against homophobia, transphobia and antisocial behaviour.

 

“It’s important we protect the identity and culture of Oxford Street, while ensuring that locals and visitors always feel safe and welcome,” the Lord Mayor said.

 

“For this initiative to work effectively, we encourage security in all Oxford Street businesses to participate.

 

“Wearing the PrideVis vests will demonstrate that they are committed to the safety and support of our communities, with zero tolerance for homophobic and transphobic behaviour.”

 

Richie Haines, chair of the Surry Hills Liquor Accord, added, “Thanks to the City of Sydney’s funding, we’ve been able to make this safety initiative a reality.

 

“There is a great community of bars and pubs in the Oxford Street precinct that come in all shapes, sizes and colours. It is great to see this community rally together with a common goal – that members of LGBTIQA+ communities feel safe, included and supported everywhere, especially in the Oxford Street precinct.” 

 

The PrideVis initiative is part of a broader campaign to ensure Oxford Street remains a haven for people of diverse sexualities and genders with a variety of safe, visible and celebrated venues.

 

Participating venues and security have access to extensive training resources jointly developed by the City of Sydney and the Oxford Street Pride Business Charter.

 

Online diversity and inclusion training is offered free of charge to charter members to help with staff awareness of LGBTIQA+ communities and how to be an inclusive business. Bespoke diversity and inclusion training is also offered to security guards of Oxford Street venues.

 

The City of Sydney is also working closely with the eSafety Commissioner’s office to provide social media defence training for LGBTIQA+ communities. The training seeks to address violence, discrimination, vilification, harassment and abuse in real life and online.

 

Since its launch 12 months ago, more than 60 businesses have become members of the Oxford Street Pride Business Charter. The charter was established to ensure the area’s rich history and queer character is maintained and celebrated into the future.  

 

“Oxford Street is unique to Sydney and we want to build on its reputation as an iconic precinct hosting activities both day and night, with thriving businesses, creative industries and culture,” the Lord Mayor said.

 

“The charter is a grassroots, community-led approach to keeping the precinct safe and inclusive.

 

“Membership is open to all businesses – property owners, arts and community organisations, and educational institutions operating in and servicing the area – and it signals the expectations of our communities, to current and future operators, that Oxford Street should remain lively, diverse and inclusive.”

 

For more information on the Oxford Street Pride Business Charter visit news.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

City of Sydney Media contact, Elaine Kelly. Phone 0477 362 550 or email ekelly@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Surry Hills Liquor Accord contact, Richie Haines. Phone 0419 498 915 or email  richie@universalhotels.com.au

 

For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Zoe Delamare. Phone 0477 263 615 or email zdelamare@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

 

For more stories, visit City of Sydney News

 

Restrictions: The City of Sydney provides access to this publicly distributed image for editorial purposes only and remains the copyright owner. No archiving, commercial use or third party distribution is permitted without prior written consent. When using content for editorial purposes, you must include the following image credit adjacent to the content: "Photographer’s Name / City of Sydney”

 

Media

More from this category

  • CharitiesAidWelfare, Community
  • 19/06/2024
  • 09:05
Fams Media Release

FAMS RESPONDS TO NSW BUDGET: MORE EARLY INTERVENTION FUNDING NEEDED TO PROTECT VULNERABLE CHILDREN

Fams, the peak body for NSW not-for-profit family and children’s services, has welcomed the NSW Budget but expressed concern around a lack of early intervention and prevention funding for vulnerable children. Fams CEO Susan Watson said the $224 million investment into the foster care system is a good step forward, but it doesn’t tackle the underlying issues. “The $224 million investment into foster care to better support the 14,000 children and young people in NSW who cannot live safely at home with their families is significant,” Ms Watson said. “However, this is only a band aid solution to a much…

  • Contains:
  • Community, Mental Health
  • 18/06/2024
  • 13:35
Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC)

MEDIA RELEASE: NSW Budget 2024-2025: Calls for increased investment in community-managed mental health services

Sydney 18 June 2024: The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) welcomes the initiatives in the NSW Budget 2024-2025 with new funding for mental health,…

  • Contains:
  • Business Company News, Community
  • 18/06/2024
  • 08:10
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

Victoria’s housing crisis: Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2024 calls for #TimeForChange

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (SVDPV), affectionately known as Vinnies, is bringing together leaders from across Victoria for its annual flagship fundraising event – the 2024 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, focused on raising awareness and funds to combat homelessness and poverty. Taking place on Thursday 20 June 2024, at the Timber Yard in Port Melbourne, this year's event aims to raise $1.5 million to support Victorians in need. At the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, senior executives and community leaders spend one of the coldest nights of the year sleeping out on a piece of cardboard. This commitment drives crucial fundraising…

Media Outreach made fast, easy, simple.

Feature your press release on Medianet's News Hub every time you distribute with Medianet. Pay per release or save with a subscription.