In an echo to one of the rally cries of the early days of the “Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras”, one of the chants at yesterday’s Marriage Equality Rally in Sydney yesterday was “get out of the bars and onto the streets”. When I heard this, I smiled, reflecting on the closure of many gay bars in Sydney, which may be largely due to the different ways in which people meet these days. “Get off your phone, and into the bars”, I joked to a mate on SMS might be a more appropriate catch-cry now.
Also, yesterday, an older woman I spoke to reflected on the early days of Mardi Gras, when police on horses, turned on the crowd. In contrast, yesterday’s rally and march was peaceful, and the police seemed largely supportive. “So much has been achieved in the last forty years, but this is not the end of it”, one of those speaking said in relation to marriage equality.
Here’s some photographs I snapped.