Charles Sturt congratulates Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras organiser for starring in documentary

27 AUGUST 2019

Charles Sturt congratulates Wagga Wagga Mardi Gras organiser for starring in documentary

Holly Conroy, organiser of Wagga Wagga's first Mardi Gras, which was sponsored by Charles Sturt, to feature in documentary on SBS.

  • New documentary featuring Ms Holly Conroy, a transgender woman from the Riverina, will soon air on SBS and SBS Viceland
  • Ms Conroy worked with the Wagga Wagga community and Charles Sturt to organise the city’s first Mardi Gras pride parade in 2019
  • Charles Sturt was a major sponsor of the pride event and thanks Holly for her contribution

It took one brave woman telling her story to set the wheels in motion for one of the most popular and inclusive parades Wagga Wagga has seen.

Ms Holly Conroy is continuing her activism for Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community by sharing the story of her gender transition in a new SBS documentary.

Ms Conroy has been an advocate for Wagga Wagga’s LGBTIQ+ community and worked with Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt), local organisations, and the local council in 2019 to organise the city’s first Mardi Gras parade.

Charles Sturt was a major sponsor of the inaugural Mardi Gras parade, which took place on Saturday 9 March 2019, and saw supporters march down the main street of Wagga Wagga to show their support of town’s LGBTIQ+ community.

Ms Conroy’s journey and inspiration behind the parade will feature in a documentary titled Untold Australia: Country Town Pride.

Ms Conroy shared her personal story with the public two years ago about transitioning from male to female.

Her courage has inspired many in the local community to embrace who they are and it was the driving force behind the city’s first pride parade.

Thousands attended the parade and an after party which Ms Conroy said exceeded her expectations for the celebratory event.

The documentary will air on SBS on Wednesday 28 August at 8.30pm and SBS Viceland on Monday 2 September at 9.30pm.

Charles Sturt congratulates Ms Conroy for sharing her story in the new SBS documentary and for dedication and contribution to Wagga Wagga’s Mardi Gras parade.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews, contact Nicole Barlow at Charles Sturt Media on mobile 0429 217 026 or news@csu.edu.au.

Photo caption: (Back, left to right) Holly Conroy with Vice-Chancellor Professor Andrew Vann and Mardi Gras supporters.

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