The Ultimate Mardi Gras Gift to Sydney From Aesop

The ultimate Mardi Gras Gift from Australian Skincare brand Aesop to celebrate the Australian and New Zealand queer community.

Aesop will open a Queer Library in Sydney CBD with 45 LGBTQIA + authors to honour Australia’s pride celebrations.

Australian skincare brand Aesop offers natural skin, hair and body care formulations with efficacy and sensory pleasure in mind.

From 22 February to 1 March, they are temporarily transforming their Sydney CBD store into a queer library to celebrate LGBTQIA+ identities. Aesop shares the transformative power of storytelling to broaden understanding and connection within the LGBTQIA+ community.

This comes after the Melbourne Queer Library, which had shut down early due to overwhelming demand.

Aesop Queer Library Sydney

Books are available to take home permanently and share, discuss and cherish with friends and family.

In celebration of Pride 2023 in Australia, visitors are welcome to browse the shelves filled with amazing and inclusive books with no purchase required. The library shows how queer literature has evolved to reflect the untold experiences within the community.

The complimentary books are written by LGBTQIA+ Australian and New Zealand authors, including Australian author Craig Silvey, writer of Jasper Jones and Honeybee, Gomeroi writer Alison Whittaker and Non-Binary, Aboriginal author Ellen Van Neerven who won several awards, including the Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award.  

Each book is decided through the recommendations of Aesop’s in-house bookworms and partner bookstores.

Selected from queer independent bookstores, The Bookshop, Allen & Unwin and Penguin Random House, there is a wide celebration of voices, including Shelley Paker-Chan’s debut fantasy novel, She who Became the Sun, award-winning author Craig Silvey’s Honeybee and Omar Sakr’s Son of Sin exploring the impact of migration, racism and gender biases on the lives of Western Sydney families.


Location: Aesop Pitt Street, Shop 2047, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney, Eora Country, NSW

22 February to 1 March

You can find more information about Aesop’s mission in amplifying queer voices here.

Aesop queer library
Amber Grech
Amber Grech

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Amber is a writer and content producer who has a passion for reading, films and collecting vinyl records. You’ll can always find her with a book in hand, or with her headphones on, listening to her favourite music and podcasts. She loves all things entertainment and pop culture, especially movies, actors and books. It’s always been a dream of her's to work with actors and write about them, their work and travel the world.

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