Instagram unveils street art installations for Mardi Gras

3 March 2021

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Instagram has partnered with LGBTQ+ creators including musicians Troye Sivan and Cub Sport, Olympian Michelle Heyman, Indigenous drag performer Felicia Foxx, trans model AJ Clementine, comedian Jeff van de Zandt, and more.

Instagram has revealed five street art installations across Australia that celebrate some of the nation’s top LGBTQ+ creators ahead of this weekend’s Mardi Gras Parade.

The murals in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, and Melbourne highlight each city’s ‘rising heroes’ from the queer community on Instagram.

“Queer creators on Instagram are a source of inspiration, entertainment, and support for Australians everywhere,” says Instagram Australia strategic parntership manager Zaac d’Almeida.

“We’re proud to honor these local ‘Rising Heroes’ in their home cities and spread the Mardi Gras sparkle across the country.

“Mardi Gras is about visibility and community, and these five murals celebrate the vibrant new generation of LGBTQ+ creators who embody these qualities every day.”

Each mural features a quote from the featured creators sharing what they ‘rise’ for, in line with this year’s Mardi Gras theme. A QR code included on each mural takes viewers to the ‘Safe & Strong 2021’ Safety and Wellbeing Guide, launched for the LGBTQ+ Community on Facebook and Instagram. The guide was launched last week in partnership with Trans Pride Australia, Black Rainbow, ACON, Twenty10 and Minus18.

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