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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


City of Sydney Media contact, Elaine Kelly. Phone 0477 362 550 or email

Surry Hills Liquor Accord contact, Richie Haines. Phone 0419 498 915 or email


For interviews with Lord Mayor Clover Moore, contact Zoe Delamare. Phone 0477 263 615 or email


For more stories, visit City of Sydney News


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