The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has launched an online survey to allow members of the community to have their say about the naming of the organisation and its events.

In November 2011, the organisation changed its name from New Mardi Gras back to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras after almost ten years. The return to the old title was “recognition that the event remains owned by the city’s gay and lesbian community, even as it embraces involvement from the wider community”.

The other name change saw the annual festival renamed Sydney Mardi Gras (presented by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras).

Community reaction was divided, with some upset that the words gay and lesbian did not appear in the festival name.

Now that the 2012 season has been delivered under the new name, Mardi Gras is seeking feedback in order to inform future planning. The results of the survey will be compiled in a report to be published prior to the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in August. At the AGM, members will be able to vote on a motion regarding what names will be used.

Visit http://www.mardigras.org.au/survey/index.cfm to complete the survey, which will be open until COB Friday July 6.

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