A host of high-profile gay Heroes, from many walks of life, will take pride of place in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade this year – heading up what promises to be a spectacular procession.
Instead of a single Chief of Parade leading the march, this year the honour goes to eight people who have had the courage to say something and make a difference to the lives of people in the LGBTI community:
Lily Tomlin, openly gay Hollywood superstar, actor and comedienne
Peter Tatchell, world-renowned gay rights campaigner;
Don Baxter, who has spent years tirelessly working in the field of HIV/AIDS;
Bev Lange, CEO of Bobby Goldsmith Foundation, former President of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and former Co-Chair of the Sydney Gay Games;
Lex Watson and Sue Wills, who were Campaign Against Moral Persecution’s (CAMP) first Co-Presidents and have each worked for decades for our GLBTQ communities;
Hannah Williams and Savannah Supski, who protested against the ban against same-sex couples at Hannah’s Melbourne school formal.
Mardi Gras says "the float will be accompanied by a raft of our very own superheroes, Mardi Gras style. The Twink, Dragula, Muscle Mary, Femme and the Butcher, Sticklip the lipstick lesbian and their sidekicks will all join us in saluting the eight Heroes, at the head of the procession of nearly 8,500 marchers."
New Mardi Gras CEO Michael Rolik said: “In asking them to lead the Parade, we are paying tribute to these outstanding individuals. They represent just some of the many people who have bravely taken a stand, and in doing so, have fought for the rights of GLBTQ people. They have changed our lives through their courage and fabulousness. We salute you as our Heroes.”
The 2011 Mardi Gras Parade makes it's way up Oxford and Flinders Streets, to Moore Park on Saturday March 5.
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