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ACON is Australia’s largest community based LGBTI health and HIV/AIDS organisation. ACON promotes the health and wellbeing of NSW’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities. We also provide information, support and advocacy for people living with HIV or at risk of acquiring HIV, including sex workers and people who use drugs.

A lot of our work is related to HIV/AIDS because it’s one of the biggest health issues facing our community. But our work also covers other issues such as: 

We’re a community-based non-government organisation. This means the work we do is done in our community, for our community and by members of our community. Most of our funding comes from the NSW Government to help us with our HIV work. Our other work is financed by small grants from the public and private sectors, fundraising activities and donations. Projects like This Is Oz are always in need of funding, find out more here.


The project was developed in collaboration with a range of partner organisations:

Faces of US

This Is Oz was inspired by FACES OF US, a project initiated in the USA by Brendan Davis:

"The idea for FACES OF US came along when I saw what I thought was a lack of comprehensive education about LGBT rights issues and the people that are affected by them. Proposition 8 had just passed in California and the entire country was in an uproar about marriage equality in that state.

It was wonderful to see people out in the streets protesting Proposition 8, but I wanted to know why we weren’t discussing marriage equality and other LGBT issues on a federal level. The fact that an International Day Against Homophobia exists proves that we need to look beyond the borders of our own states and our own countries and address these issues worldwide. It’s an honor to have this project be a part of an event happening in Australia and I hope that it will work well to open some eyes."
Brendan Davis