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Canva And Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras Unite To Shine A Light On Pride

It’s with great pride and excitement to announce our multi-year partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and WorldPride


Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is one of Australia’s most iconic and well-loved events, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets to join in the celebrations. The event captures the imagination of Australia’s LGBTQIA+ and mainstream communities, taking over the city for weeks, culminating in the world-famous Parade: a colorful and vibrant night of pride, celebration and self-expression.

Diversity and inclusion are an incredibly important part of our mission to empower the world to design, and our value as a company to be a force for good. We’re fortunate to have a globally diverse community of Canva users all over the world, and we know that the best way to serve such a diverse community is to build an equally diverse team.

As another exciting step in our journey of celebrating and supporting diversity across the globe, we’re thrilled to announce Canva’s three-year partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Sydney WorldPride.

This year's Mardi Gras theme of UNITED WE SHINE signifies that when we band together, we shine brighter. It’s the perfect theme to kick off our partnership, with Canva making it simple and enjoyable for everyone to bring out their creativity through the power of design and visual communication. As the official Design Partner of Mardi Gras, we’ve created a raft of Pride-themed templates which can be used to design merch and digital content to share your pride. Think T-shirts, totes, templates, Zoom backgrounds and a whole lot more.

At Fair Day, we’ll unveil the Canva Drag and Drop Studio, inviting everyone to pose for a photo solo or with friends. For every photo taken, we’ll also be donating to our nonprofit partner, Out for Australia, an organization that champions authenticity in the workplace, empowering Australia’s LGBTQIA+ students and young professionals to thrive.

Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

The richness of our culture relies on having a diverse representation of all backgrounds throughout our team – it’s also an important part of our goal to create an environment where everyone can do the best work of their lives, and live their best lives as well by bringing their full selves to work.

As well as celebrating and amplifying the diversity of our community, we’re excited to be showcasing the diversity of our team, with Canva taking part in the visual spectacle that is the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade. Forty fabulous Canvanauts will join more than 6,500 marchers across hundreds of glittering floats in a dazzling display of color, art and movement to celebrate Pride and self-expression.

We believe that LGBTQIA+ inclusion is an ongoing process, and not a one-off activity or a box that we can tick. We’re constantly seeking to continue learning and improving in this space, and have undertaken a number of initiatives to encourage and celebrate diversity across our team, including removing unnecessary degree requirements and gender-biased language from job descriptions and encouraging candidates to share their pronouns throughout the interviewing process.

Our onboarding process for all new hires (affectionately known as ‘newbies’) includes deep-dive sessions on Diversity and Inclusion as well as Unconscious Bias, with further sessions and training on building diverse teams for all of our Coaches (our term for managers).

To celebrate Canva Pride Week this year, we’re hosting an ‘Out At Work’ panel discussion where we’ll hear from a range of Canvanauts discuss their experiences with workplace inclusion, rounded off with plenty of Drag Bingo!

Our LGBTQIA+ Pride Club is extremely active at encouraging these important conversations and further evolving our culture and company policies. In conjunction with local and global LGBTQIA+ organizations, we regularly host training sessions about sexuality and identity as well as many other educational and social events which are open to our global team.

Empowering our community to shine

We strongly believe in the incredibly important responsibility we have to champion diversity, inclusion and representation across every aspect of our work. As a content platform, that means ensuring our library of content is representative of the world around us.

We regularly commission new diverse and inclusive content to fill our library of templates and elements which empower our global LGBTQIA+ community and allies to share their pride, in their way, and recently revamped our visual content algorithm for all relationship-based keywords to deliver more diverse results across genders and identities.

Amari McGee, LGBTQIA+ professional speaker, activist, life coach, content creator and the founder of To Better Understand, Inc, an LGBTQIA+ advocacy organization.

Supporting the community is an incredibly important part of our mission to empower the world to design and to do the most good we can. More than 150,000 nonprofits use Canva’s Nonprofit program to share and champion important messages and causes across the globe, including LGBTQIA+ nonprofits such as To Better Understand, Inc, PrideTT in Trinidad and Tobago, the Dignity Network in Canada, Blossom LGBT and Switchboard in the UK, PRIDE Toulouse in France and Forward Together in the United States. We’re proud of the way these nonprofits (and thousands of others) are using Canva to create powerful change campaigns, raise awareness about issues and celebrate the progress made towards increasing equal rights for those who identify with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Making Pride history

Keeping the good news flowing, we’re also excited to announce a partnership with Sydney WorldPride for 2023 which will mark the first time the event has been held in the southern hemisphere. It’s shaping up to be a very memorable edition of WorldPride which will coincide with Australia’s 50th anniversary of the first Gay Pride Week, the 45th anniversary of the first Mardi Gras Parade, and the 5th anniversary of Australian marriage equality passing into law.

We believe our work in this space is never complete, and we’re always striving to learn more and champion diversity across the globe. We’re hugely excited by our partnership with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and WorldPride as another step in our continued mission of empowering the LGBTQIA+ community around the world.

If you have any thoughts, feedback, ideas or would just like to talk about all things Diversity and Inclusion, feel free to reach out at any time.