It's Mardi Gras season again, and I invite you to join me in showing support for equal rights and acceptance of all people, regardless of gender and sexuality. The 2011 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade is on Saturday 5 March.
This year's parade theme is "Don't Just stand there. Say Something..." My parade entry will "say something" about the need for relationship equality for same-sex couples.
I support full relationship equality, including providing for same sex relationships to be recognised in the same way as marriage or civil unions.
While my bill to provide for children with same-sex parents to be legally adopted succeeded in late 2010, discrimination loopholes remain and wider community education to prevent homophobia is needed.
Please join me in the parade and support equality. Bring your family with you to show that we all have families who should be legally recognised. People able to help organise my walking group are especially welcome.
- Contact Leanne Abbott, phone 9360 3053 or email firstname.lastname@example.org