Oxford Street Pride Business Charter: Strengthening character and local connections

Retailers, venues and community groups are invited to set the stage and celebrate the precinct’s rich history and queer culture.

Long after the parade and the last of the glitter is packed away, the pride essence lives on strong on Oxford Street.

Its queer history and culture is infused in the area's venues, events, public art and communities.

A diverse and passionate group of local businesses, community organisations and individuals have their eyes set on retaining and celebrating these strong connections. And an upcoming event on 6 June calls for more locals to join them.

Embedding pride across the way we do business

Championed by a volunteer steering committee, a precinct pride business charter has been created to help embed the rich history and queer character of the precinct into the everyday of doing business. Its outcomes will help everyone enjoy Oxford Street’s vibrant, inclusive and safe spaces.

Members will support LGBTIQA+ people by sharing their histories and cultures, creating welcome and inclusive spaces and increasing their employment and business opportunities.

The volunteer steering committee includes:

  • Aids Council of New South Wales (ACON)
  • BLaQ
  • City of Sydney
  • Darlinghurst Business Partnership
  • National Arts School
  • QTopia
  • Redcape Hotel Group
  • SQuAD
  • St Vincent's Health Network Sydney
  • Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
  • Sydney WorldPride
  • The Record Store
  • The Stonewall Hotel
  • TransPride Australia
  • Trikone Australia
  • Twenty10
  • Universal Hotels

Pedestrians cross Oxford Street, Darlinghurst. Photo: Katherine Griffiths / City of Sydney

Welcoming more members with open arms

Membership is open to businesses and organisations operating in the area.

Like the locality, members of this charter are diverse and made up of businesses large and small, venues, property owners, community organisations, arts organisations, community service providers and educational institutions operating across the Oxford Street precinct.

Our social and cultural place strategy in action

The business charter is an outcome of our LGBTIQA+ social and cultural place strategy. The strategy, the first of its kind in Australia, prioritises the need to sustain the local character of Oxford Street.

Members sign up to a set of commitments that will tackle local challenges and create opportunities to see the Oxford Street precinct thrive.

Keen to join the charter?

If you’re a business owner located on or around Oxford Street, join our information session during Pride Month to find out more. It's at the Stonewall Hotel on Tuesday 6 June.

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