Tropical Mardi Gras Cairns has announced a Marriage Equality Forum as part of its popular Fair Day next month.
The forum will involve politicians and guest speakers, including representatives from Australian Marriage Equality, the main national advocacy group in support of the issue.
“Members of the community will be invited to submit questions they would like to ask on the day, with the best selected and provided to participants in advance,” he said.
Confirmed guests include State Member for Cairns Rob Pyne and State Member for Barron River Craig Crawford, along with Cairns Regional Councilors Linda Cooper and Richie Bates.
The festival program includes a premiere screening of The Queen Of Ireland, a documentary on Panti Bliss, a drag queen who became a public figure during the Irish marriage equality referendum.
“We’re also pleased to have Tiernan Brady (pictured), the political director of the Yes campaign in the Irish Marriage Equality referendum, introducing the film and facilitating a Q&A session,” Mr Woodward said.
“Most in the LGBT+ community would prefer to see a free vote in parliament than a costly plebiscite, but should this be the only avenue we face, this film will show us the key message to win, which is ultimately love,” he said.
Cairns Tropical Mardi Gras will present the Marriage Equality Forum from 1:45pm at its annual Fair Day at the Tanks Arts Centre on Sunday 9th October.
Tropical Mardi Gras is now in its tenth year and celebrates the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer communities, at various venues across Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, from 30th September to 9th October.
The festival 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 2nd October.
Fair Day will also feature Australia’s first Same-Sex Marriage Expo, with businesses exhibiting to same-sex couples considering their options and planning for the day that their relationships can be formalised.