"It has passed!!", was the text I received from a colleague late this afternoon. As I was at "Christmas Drinks", I missed the actual moment when the marriage equality laws passed through the Australian Parliament, but I received a bunch of messages from friends, family and workmates to tell me so. David Marr summed it … Continue reading At Last, But Still Some Way To Go
"How's it going for you at the moment?", a friend asked me, as we sat under a tree in Victoria Park, and waited for speeches at today's marriage equality rally. The last time I'd seen her was at the last marriage equality rally I'd attended, about a month ago. She's a heterosexual woman with a … Continue reading Marriage Equality Rally
It was a beautiful spring day in Sydney: perfect weather for the first Marriage Equality rally since the plebiscite was confirmed. Current estimates: 30,000 people. Here are some photographs.
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 … Continue reading Marriage Equality Rally
"I was once described to have a very radical gay agenda. I'm in favour of getting married and allowing people to join and stay in the military. I don't think that's such a radical agenda. In fact, I think that's a rather bourgeois agenda", said US Congressman, Barney Frank as he spoke tonight at Sydney's Masonic … Continue reading Barney Frank
I've been thinking all week about Penny Wong's appearance on Q&A, in which she was asked the question about gay marriage. As a member of the ALP Cabinet, she "agrees" with the cabinet position which remains opposed to gay marriage. As a member of the ALP she has also been fighting for a number of … Continue reading Gay Marriage
Twelve months ago, today, I was attending Stockholm Pride in Sweden. A bit like Mardi Gras in Sydney, they have a big parade throughout the city leading towards Pride Park. Interestingly and co-incidentally enough, there was a Same Sex Marriage Rally in Sydney today, so I headed along to Town Hall at around lunchtime. I … Continue reading Same Sex Marriage Rally