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Mardi Gras 2013

Last night was Mardi Gras 2013. No longer (officially) the “Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras”, it was gay and lesbian none the less. As before, it was a celebration in diversity within the community, and of LGBTQI pride.

Sydney’s Mardi Gras, proudly led and supported by Clover Moore, presents one day/night a year when I feel my love and relationship is truly celebrated by the greater society, in a way that is denied to my fiancé and I throughout much of the year due to discriminatory laws and beliefs. Walking down the street hand in hand we receive smiles from our passers by, and are embraced in a way that we otherwise don’t necessarily feel.

Last night, with my arm around my gorgeous lady, I loved watching the service men and women walk proudly in uniform, seeing the PFLAG float jam packed with families, and watching two men wearing little more than leather thongs pashing on top of an equal love float. Watching the religious groups walk past proudly supporting their LGBTQI members/congregates was inspiring, as was seeing Tanya Plibersek take time out of her incredibly busy schedule to march with Rainbow Labor.

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Change has been upon us for many years now. No longer is the Mardi Gras parade officially a protest march, but with political and historical references throughout, it continues to be a loud voice for the LGBTQI community to express our dissatisfaction with the inequalities present supporting exclusion, disadvantage, and marginalisation.

Will 2013’s federal election present an opportunity for gay marriage to be firmly placed on the agenda? Or are we still years away from legal rights? In reality it’s up to each of us to make our voices heard and ensure our elected officers know what we want, and support equality in Parliament.

The Flying Bats June Player of the Month: Michelle Engelsman

Lifted off The Flying Bats website, www.theflyingbats.com, June 25th, 2012 Michelle Engelsman is a former Australian Olympian, tireless campaigner for social justice and human rights, and all around awesome person! Read about our June Player of the Month and newest Div 2 recruit… Name, age and brief history of your involvement with the Bats: MichelleContinue Reading

Vaginas & civil unions: a backwards step?

Seriously now, how can using the medically correct term mean that a person has no respect for decorum? Especially when the use of the term is in the context of a bill concerning women’s reproductive rights. In case you haven’t heard what all this fuss is about, in the US, Rep. Lisa Brown has beenContinue Reading

We’re not that different, really.

Imagine this: 5 lesbians in a car on the way to soccer training. But what did we talk about, I hear you ask? The usual: IVF, adoptions, babies, marriage, partners, love, and of course soccer. Oh wait, cats featured also. Of course they did. What else would 5 thirty-something year old ladies talk about inContinue Reading

Happy Mardi Gras

Happy Mardi Gras!!! Is it that time of year already?! What happened? I blinked and it turned from January 2 to February 25th!! Wait, I know what happened… A new kitten, my partner moved up, work has been exciting and busy, getting myself fit again, seeing the world’s greatest acupuncturists, and moving house, starting soccerContinue Reading

2011, what a year!

It’s been a very long time since my last blog post. So much has happened that’s kept me away from my keyboard and blogging! Perhaps I’ll start with what is most distracting to me right now… a 9 week old kitten desperately trying to jump on the kitchen table as I type, excited at theContinue Reading

ARMTour in Ntaria

What a brilliant week! I have just had a magical experience, and feel so grateful for the opportunity. I spent this past week out as an athlete role model on the ARMTours trip to the Northern Territory. It’s a programme run by NASCA (National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy) and it involves sending athletes out intoContinue Reading

Aurukun, A Second Visit

There is something truly magical about Aurukun, Qld. The dusty red earth, the magical and ancient bush, the wild river, and the kind hearted people: it certainly holds a special place in my heart. Aurukun has also had a profound affect on me. The two occasions that I’ve had the opportunity to visit and spend time inContinue Reading

Gender, Idealism and Realism

I recently had the good fortune of travelling to Sumatra, Indonesia. It’s taken me over a week to consider how I might put that experience into a blog, and more importantly how to actually process my experiences. I’m not quite there yet, and feel there is much I still need to feel out, but I’mContinue Reading

Australia’s Golden Sun

Australia, Australia, the land of golden sun. But what of our forefathers? Not the “privileged whites”, but the “chinks”, “wogs” and “abos”, Did they bathe in the diamond sun’s light? Did they feel the freedom bell of life? Scalpings, slave labour, death in prisons… Our past a past of bravery yet sadism. A past whereContinue Reading