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Australia's most famous parade is 'gay and lesbian' once again. Sydney Mardi Gras members, this week, overwhelmingly voted to reinstate the words 'gay' and 'lesbian' to the parade's official name at the organisation's Annual General Meeting.

The words gay and lesbian were removed in late 2011 as it was thought to be more inclusive, however, the organisation received a large backlash from the community who felt that they were not consulted.

As a result of the AGM, the company name will be changed from 'New Mardi Gras Ltd', to 'Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Ltd.' Likewise, the name of 'Sydney Mardi Gras Parade' is changed to 'Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.'

A further motion 'that the name of Sydney Mardi Gras Festival remains as stated', was defeated. The board meeting that followed the general meeting passed a motion to change the festival's name to 'Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.'

The naming changes will be implemented by the time of the launch of the 2014 season.







PC gone nuts

Over the last 20 years it seems that everything blokes want to do, is intercepted in the name of "Inclusiveness", and now the naming of virtually anything in the gay community (when I say gay community, I mean a community of people who interact at a sexual level with members of their own gender), just to be clear, has to be "inclusive". I may be old and I may be cranky and I haven't forgotten who started this business back in 1978. Back then it was called the Gay Mardi Gras and lesbians went along and transsexuals went along and even a few straight people went along, and of course the police went along.

So here we are all these years later renaming the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras back to what it was, and I suppose there were howls of indignation about the change, but really people, isn't it time we grew up? Are we so afraid of being left out that something is we have to have our "position" included in the name?

My mother is 84 years old almost 85. When we talk about issues of sexuality she uses the word lesbian and she is the word homosexual and she wouldn't have a clue what somebody who was "intersex", was. She would simply have no idea. She would understand the idea of transsexual, which if she is anything like me, she would confuse with transgendered, but she would be inclusive in her thought process about all of those people. She would think, that like me, they should get a fair go and even if she doesn't quite understand what those words mean she would just think of them as gay people, and for her that's fine.

The problem appears to arise when lesbians feel left out when somebody talks about gay, and intersex/transsexual/transgendered people feel left out when somebody talks about gay, so along comes this need to include everybody.

Problematically, as I understand it, transgendered/transsexual/intersex people aren't necessarily homosexuals. I have had people try to explain this to me but I still don't understand it, but if a group of people some of whom are men standing around dressed in frocks are chatting together, to me they are "gay". The large number of women, in all different forms of stress, including leather clothes, overalls, short hair, etc etc etc, I will think of them as "lesbians". I may also think of them as "gay women".

Based on that, can somebody please explain to me what LGB TQ I ever meant?

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