Former Olympic swimmer Daniel Kowalski will address a Marriage Equality Forum on the Sunshine Coast this Thursday night.
It’s one of six forums The Equality Campaign are holding around Queensland as part of their largest ever national campaign for marriage reform.
“Marriage equality isn’t a metropolitan or city thing, it is nationwide and it affects, directly and indirectly, so many Australians,” Daniel said.
“It’s about our friends, families, colleagues and teammates who all just want to be equal so they can get on with their lives.”
In his decade-long swimming career, Daniel claimed 27 medals while representing Australia including gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
He’s been travelling with The Equality Campaign across the country to hear stories from Australians about why marriage equality matters to them.
“As an athlete with a national profile, I believe I have a role to break down barriers and help people understand the positive impact marriage equality can have,” he said.
Daniel said the forums are informal and a great opportunity to hear from campaigners what everyone can do to help out the marriage equality campaign.
“As a nation, we can send a strong message to our youth that being who you are is something to be proud of, not ashamed of. And that we as a country welcome and respect you for that,” he said.
The forums will be held in Bundaberg, Caloundra, Redcliffe, the Redlands, and the Gold Coast this month.
Other speakers at the events will include The Equality Campaign’s director Tiernan Brady and Australian Marriage Equality directors Shirleene Robinson and Pete Black.
Tiernan Brady said the group is working to empower local communities “so they can be apart of creating this reform that will improve the lives of so many Australians.”
“Along with our supporters, we will continue to show how marriage equality is simply based on our shared Australian values of a fair go and respect for all,” he said.
“It’s important that these values continue to underpin the ongoing conversation on marriage equality across the country.”
The Equality Campaign will hold forums in Bundaberg on May 3, Caloundra on May 4, Redcliffe on May 8, Redlands on May 9, and the Gold Coast on May 10. For more details and to RSVP, visit the Equality Campaign’s website.