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Australia's southern state of Victoria announces large spend for LGBT community

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Australia's southern state is investing big in equality.

Victoria is putting $15 million AUD toward a new Pride Center in its capital, Melbourne. The center, which will reportedly be bigger than San Francisco’s LGBT[Q] Community Center, will offer health and support services, community spaces, and showcase LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex) art and history.

“Equality is not negotiable in Victoria,” Premier Daniel Andrews said in a statement about the new center. “Victoria’s LGBTI community has a lot to be proud of and I congratulate everyone who has worked hard to make Australia’s first Pride Center a reality.”

The move is part of the state of Victoria's larger equality agenda for 2016 and 2017, which will also allocate $6.4 million AUD to the expansion of gender dysphoria health services, according to BuzzFeed. The center and entire equality agenda are important wins in the continued fight for equality in Australia, which has recently seen positive progress. Earlier this year, Andrews promised the state government would ensure the continuance of the important LGBTQ education program, Safe Schools Coalition, should the federal government cut funding. And next month, the state will issue a historic, formal apology for past legislation that prosecuted people for homosexual acts. (The state of New South Wales recently issued a similar apology.)

As for the Pride Center, there’s no word on when it’ll open, but the LGBTQ community will be involved in the process as it continues, and will have a say in the timing, as well as the final design and location. “The Pride Center is long overdue and will attract people from across Victoria, Australia, and the world,” the Victorian Minister for Equality, Martin Foley, said in a statement. “It will be a great gathering place for the LGBTI community and allow for much greater collaboration between services and community organizations.”

Bill Shorten is going to be marching at Mardi Gras

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The opposition leader is heading up Oxford Street.... marking the first time one of the two "major" political parties leaders is headed for the parade.

This is the first time the federal leader of a major political party has ever marched at Mardi Gras.

"I’m delighted to be attending this year’s Mardi Gras with my wife Chloe, our 3 children, and my Labor Party colleagues to show our support for marriage equality." Mr shorten told

"It is time to make this a reality. If the new Malcolm Turnbull actually did what the old Malcolm Turnbull said we could have marriage equality by Mardi Gras.

Labor does not want to see taxpayer funds going towards funding nasty and negative ‘no’ campaigns against marriage equality.

The time has come for marriage equality, the best way for it to happen is through a free vote in the Parliament.

If Malcolm Turnbull is too gutless to confront the right of his party Labor will introduce a Bill into Parliament within 100 days of being elected to legalise same sex marriages.

If you want marriage equality in Australia, vote Labor at the next election." Bill said. We look forward to seeing him at the parade and amongst the action of the world's biggest nighttime pride celebration.


Superstar Deborah Cox to appear at Mardi Gras Party

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International queen of R&B, Dance and Pop - Deborah Cox will make a grand return to Australia at the annual Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Party on Saturday 5 March, 2016.
The Grammy nominated singer-songwriter, best-known for the dance anthem “Absolutely Not”, has been a staple on club floors since breaking into the scene in the mid 90’s.
Deborah was discovered by industry legend Clive Davis, and has since become equally acclaimed as both a powerhouse R&B vocalist and a dance music diva.

"Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here" became the longest running #1 single of all time on the Billboard R&B charts (14 weeks), while she hit #1 on the Billboard Dance chart an unprecedented twelve times. She made her Broadway debut in the lead role of Elton John & Tim Rice’s "Aida" - from which she remixed the ballad "Easy As Life" into another club anthem.

Deborah famously duetted with Whitney Houston on "Same Script, Different Cast", and last year was chosen to provide the voice of Houston in the TV movie directed by mutual friend Angela Bassett.

A firm favourite of the LGBT community, Deborah has been honoured many times for her efforts in the fight for equality, including the Civil Rights Award from the New York Senate. 

Cox last delivered an incredible set at Mardi Gras back in 2002, and now, 14 years later she returns to the RHI main stage ready to blow the roof off once again with an exclusive Mardi Gras production show featuring a medley of her hit songs. Join 12,000+ partygoers from across the globe for an incredible night of high energy performances coupled with amazing stage production.

Cox joins an already huge Mardi Gras Party line up of performers and DJ’s including; Eurovision song contest winner, Conchita Wurst, RuPaul’s Drag Race Top 3 Finalist, Courtney Act, Dirty Pop, Ben Manson, Rado, YO! MAFIA, Tracy Young, Mark Picchiotti, Buck Naked, Mark Alsop MA15+, Victoria Anthony, Kitty Glitter, Maze and Masters, Colin Gaff, Haylenise, Seismic and Tanner Derrby.  
Get ready for a magical night of shedding inhibitions and sharing magical moments at the largest gay and lesbian party in the Southern Hemisphere. The only place to party after the world’s biggest and most iconic parade of sparkles and self-expression, the Mardi Gras Party has been revisited, recreated and reimagined to be shinier and more spectacular than ever.

Final release tickets to the Mardi Gras Party are on sale now and selling fast so be quick to lock yours in. To book, go to

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