Sydney has ousted Montreal and Houston to become the host city for World Pride in 2023, in what can only be described as a huge win for the LGBTQ communities in Oz and Asia Pacific. *SCREAMS IN GAY*

Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras took to social media this evening to announce the news.

“Members of the worldwide InterPride network of Pride organisations voted between Sydney, Montreal and Houston as the host city for WorldPride 2023,” the organisation stated. “We won with 60% of the vote.”

“This is a major win for Sydney, Australia and the Asia Pacific region more broadly. Bringing WorldPride Down Under means we can celebrate and shine a spotlight on the unique challenges faced by the LGBTQI community in the region.”

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Posted by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Sunday, 20 October 2019

“WorldPride is the Olympics of LGBTI events,” New South Wales MP Alex Greenwich stated, “and it’s coming to Sydney and the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.”

As you can imagine, we’re all bloody stoked.

EuroPride sent its congratulations to Sydney and subsequent commiserations to the losing cities. Check out the announcement below.

The current plan is coincide World Pride with the 45th anniversary of Mardi Gras. This is going to be the Mardi Gras of all Mardi Gras and my body is 100% not ready. BRB, already calling work to get time off for 2023.

Copenhagen will be hosting World Pride in 2021.

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