Nepean Greens members David Lenton and Peta Holmes were participants in the 35th Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade as part of The Greens float.
Trains heading into city from Penrith were full of people making their way in to watch the Parade and to celebrate with the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (GLBTIQ) Community.
The parade wound its way along Oxford Street and was a visual feast of colour, costume and community. The Greens float received rousing applause as it travelled the route behind a rainbow banner that read “Doin’ Equality For Generations.”
The Greens have always supported the rights of members of the Gay and Lesbian Community. Adam Bandts’ Marriage Equality Bill was a huge step forward and a glimpse of things to come at the federal level, while NSW MLC and lead Senate candidate Cate Faehrmann recently took part in a cross-party working group whose aim was to work on a State Marriage Equality Bill.
Elected Greens officials played important roles in the Mardi Gras celebrations. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young marched alongside NSW MLCs Cate Faehrmann and Jeremy Buckingham; Adam Bandt walked with the Australian Marriage Equality float; and Party Leader Christine Milne marched with her son Tom as part of the PFLAG float, celebrating the fantastic work done by Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
“It was such a fantastic night,” said Peta. “We spent time with fellow Greens and just enjoyed the positivity and acceptance.”
“Mardi Gras is a celebration of the amazing diversity that exists in our communities. I’m happy that Peta and I could bring a part of the Nepean area to the parade,” added David.