The marriage equality message was given full throttle when a contingent of Dykes on Bikes (Queensland chapter) riders descended on Rockhampton at the weekend.

After 12 hours on the road, the girls arrived in the city on Friday night and spent yesterday afternoon as guests of Rockhampton Club-Rok Inc at an Equality Rally in Victoria Park.

DOB president Julz told an enthusiastic crowd that marriage equality was a huge goal.

In New Zealand we’d call this a Tiki tour but I think up here you’d call it a walkabout,” she quipped.

When it comes to marriage equality, we should have that choice.

It’s coming.”

Julz said she was encouraged by the number of politicians who attended the recent Queen’s Ball in Brisbane.

They were there from all different political persuasions – it shows they are listening,” she said.

One of them just has to grow some balls and tick it off.”

Dykes on Bikes QLD. - RockhamptonDOB were raising funds for Open Doors Youth Service, which provides counselling and support services for gay youth in Queensland.

Proceeds from yesterday’s rally totalled $122.40. Dykes on Bike previously donated $4,000 to Open Doors.

Last night they parked their bikes and enjoyed Club-Rok’s charity ball night at Flamingo’s On Quay where they mingled with some 300 partygoers well into the night – in fact, early morning.

Club-Rok secretary Alan Flood said the day had proved a great success.

It was great to see a lot of different people at the rally … faces we don’t normally see,” he said.

It’s also great of the (DOB) girls to spread the equality message throughout the state.”

During the night’s entertainment Club-Rok presented a cheque for $500 to PFLAG Central Queensland.


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