GEIFN | REPORTS | MIDSUMMA | WALKED | Pride March | Sunday 28 January 2017 | 2-7pm

[Report is compiled from multiple public addresses, multiple sources made over multiple publication dates]

A community mobilisation against marginalisation, a march of celebration and solidarity, unfurling of flags, frocking up and fighting ongoing issues facing LGBTIAQ+ communities.

Where: Fitzroy St & Catani Gardens, Fitzroy St, St Kilda 3182

Over 45,000 friends and allies joyfully gathered together for the 23rd year of peacefully taking to St Kilda's Fitzroy Street, rejoicing diversity and achievements.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were invited to march in the Indigenous Pride Float alongside Elders.

Special guest appearance by Magda Szubanski, a Melbournian Australian television and film actress, comedian and writer who inadvertently became a national public spokesperson for Equality in Marriage.

Post-Pride celebrations at Catani Gardens were expected to include a Lesbian wedding, DJs and live performances from DJ Renee Delay, the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus entertaining our communities for over 25 years, Brendan Maclean, followed by nexus disco pop band Sugar Fed Leopards to keep up that post-Pride buzz. DJ Tanzer was scheduled to round out the day's post-Pride entertainment.

Equality is an enduring concept and it is important to pause, take stock of successes, assess failures and learn to move together for brighter futures.

Though Australia’s December 2017 legalisation of Same-Sex Marriage is of monumental significance, improvement towards the path of equality will take some some time to gain traction in individuals, families, schoolyards and organisations. While it is good to take pause to celebrate success, the march for equality is never finished. To name but a small selection, equity in access for differently abled, Intersex individuals’ right not to be operated on without their consent, equal pay for women, meaningful reconciliation for our Indigenous, release of illegally detained and mainland relocation of asylum seekers.

Into its 23rd year, Midsumma Pride March is a public and peaceful continuance of advocacy for, demonstrate by and embody with enlightened attitude. Just now with more reasons to sparkle.

On behalf of Buddhist Council Victoria Interfaith (bINTER) and Glen Eira Interfaith Network (GEIFN), thankyou to Organisers and Participants working to redress historical differences, building collaborations, celebrating diversity and fostering team approaches to addressing today's society. Received with gratitude.

Midsumma Festival
Level 8, City Village, 225 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: (03) 9415 9819