LGBTI community members and supporters gathered at Rockhampton’s Rainbow Fountain on Saturday for a Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) rally to record a video message promoting marriage equality.
The message, destined for Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, urges him to allow a free parliamentary vote rather than his current preference for a plebiscite after the next election.
LGBT activist Alan Flood said the event was supported by ALP state MP for Keppel Brittany Lauga and ALP candidate for the federal seat of Capricornia Leisa Neaton.
“With such support from Brittany and Leisa, moving forward I feel more confident that our community will be well represented at both the state and federal governments levels,” he said.
“We all got to have a great chat about everything. Brittany put a photo up on her Facebook and they both support marriage equality and the LGBTI community.”
Michael Powell, who has lived in Rockhampton for 40 years, told The Morning Bulletin he doesn’t usually get too involved in the political issues of the LGBTI community.
“I’m a black and white person … but I always say let’s not look at our differences, let’s try and look at what we’ve got in common,” he said.
“I just think it’s wonderful that we can stand in a park in Rockhampton and give an interview to the press and be treated seriously.
“I can remember a day when if you did that, if you were silly enough to get your photo in the paper identifying as a gay person, you could bet your bottom dollar that your house would burn down the next day.”
Mr Flood said he was looking forward to a couple of “local boys” returning to perform at Club-Rok’s 9th birthday party on Saturday, 12 March.
“They have done very well in the Brisbane drag scene … that is the next big event on our calendar.”
Another CQ Fair Day is scheduled for later in the year, most likely at the end of October.