How Australian celebrities from the LGBTQIA+ community have overcome diversity to become the nation's biggest role models

''Love is love.''

By Alana Mazzoni
While Australia's LGBTQIA+ community deserves to be celebrated everyday, Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras gives us an apt opportunity to recognise our country's gamechangers and pioneers.
Mardi Gras brings together Australia's queer and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks on end, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colourful and dazzling night of pride, acceptance and self-expression that started way back in 1978 with a group of brave protestors.
Ahead of the parade, we've taken a look at the touching, inspiring, and at times heartbreaking, stories from our favourite LGBTQIA+ celebrities.