The Brisbane boys from cabaret troupe Briefs Factory are planning a rally in London to support the legalisation of marriage equality in Australia.
The London rally will take place on September 12 at the Underbelly Festival in London entertainment district South Bank, the day the Australian Bureau of Statistics will mail the first forms for this month’s same-sex marriage postal survey. The High Court will determine whether or not the survey will go ahead this afternoon.
The Briefs performers want to stage the largest show of support for same-sex marriage in Australia that London has seen, inviting supportive locals and Aussie expats alike to “come together and celebrate equal love.”
Briefs performer and rally organiser Thomas Worrell is currently unable to marry his long-term partner in Australia.
“Being in a same-sex relationship, engaged and unable to marry while the entire country debates my rights is a complicated and difficult situation,” he said.
“To add to that being on the other side of the world and feeling removed from it all is even more challenging.
“We’re going to make noise, even if we’re on the other side of the globe. There are so many Australians living or travelling around the world who want their voices to be heard.”
He said many Australian same sex couples had married overseas, but won’t have their marriage recognised when they return home.
“This is a chance for Australians living in London and others who believe marriage is the equal right of all to come together and celebrate life and just take a moment to acknowledge that while we aren’t at home, we are still connected, still responsible and still have a voice,” he said.
Briefs Factory founder Fez Faanana said the event is about “stomping our heels, kicking up dust and being heard about marriage equality in Australia.”
“It’s about rallying together, while here in London, to remind our stunning sunburned country that the support exists here overseas,” he said.
“The sanctity of marriage is real and everyone is entitled to it, including same-sex couples.”
The Briefs Factory cabaret troupe was founded in Brisbane, and the boys have since travelled around the world with their productions.