UPDATED: Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras will face the people about its recent name and logo change and the 2012 festival at a forum to be held on Saturday, December 17, 10am-noon.

The organisation, formerly known as New Mardi Gras, launched its new name and logo on November 17, and dropped the words ‘Gay and Lesbian’ from the name of the festival.

The change resulted in mixed reactions from community members and fierce debate on both the Star Observer’s website and social media.

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“The Sydney Mardi Gras will always have its thumping gay heart that celebrates the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities, but Mardi Gras is now inviting those who share our positive message about the power and beauty of diversity to be part of our celebration,” Mardi Gras chair Peter Urmson said at the launch.

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“Our hope with this change is to turn Sydney Mardi Gras into an even bigger civic event — right up there with Rio and the world’s other great carnivals — to be enjoyed by everyone, but always remembered as being a gift to the city from its gay and lesbian community and a demonstration of our pride.”

INFO: The community information session was previously to be held at the ACON building at 414 Elizabeth St, Surry Hills, but will now instead be held at Darlinghurst’s Heffron Hall at 34 Burton Street.

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