Tropical Mardi Gras Cairns is holding what is believed to be the country’s first Same-Sex Marriage Expo as part of its annual festival, kicking off this weekend.
Taking place during the festival’s popular Fair Day at The Tanks Arts Centre on October 9, the Expo will allow local same-sex couples to consider options and plan for the day that their relationships can be formalised.
Tropical Mardi Gras President Ben Woodward said regardless of the pathway to marriage equality, the reform is inevitable.
“Marriage equality is coming, but so is Christmas, so we’re not waiting,” he said.
“The reality is, Australian same-sex couples are not only planning to get married, many are already getting married.
“We have couples in Cairns who have been married in New Zealand, Great Britain, Ireland, the United States and Iceland, whilst others have held ceremonies here in Australia in consulates of countries that allow same sex marriage.”
Tropical Mardi Gras will also hold a free marriage equality community forum, attended by politicians and special guests.
Tropical Mardi Gras also attracts LGBT party revelers from all over the country and the world, with its annual Splash Pool Party, this year featuring DJ Dan Murphy and drag superstar Vollie La Vont at Cairns Hilton on October 2nd.
Mr Woodward said this year’s program had been expanded even further to reach out to underrepresented groups within the community.
“This year sees our very first Trans High Tea and Clothes Swap, with local organisations working together to offer a sociable afternoon for sex and gender-diverse people to meet and access information,” he said.
“In partnership with 2Spirits, we also have the Sistagirls event returning to the program, providing a safe space for the Indigenous LGBT+ community to meet and socialise.”
Tropical Mardi Gras is running from September 30 until October 9 in various venues around Cairns and north Queensland. For all tickets and the full lineup, visit the Tropical Mardi Gras website.