Monday 27 March 2017
I’m presenting one of the 2017 prizes at the REELise Film Festival in VMAX at Event Cinemas Bondi Junction on 1 April 2017. The festival showcases young people’s short films on bullying, and starts 4pm with temporary tattoos and photobooth, roving entertainment and the NSW Police Rock Band, followed by film screenings. Information and films: www.reelise.org.au and tickets available HERE.
Monday 20 March 2017
Congratulations on the launch of a new national ecumenical group of Australian Christians working for churches inclusive of LGBTIQ people on 7pm Monday 3 April at the Pitt Street Uniting Church 264 Pitt Street Sydney. The Hon Michael Kirby will speak and the group will offer a National Apology to LGBTIQ Australians and LGBTIQ Christians. RSVP HERE. Group Details https://equalvoices.org.au/.
Monday 06 March 2017
International Women’s Day is Wednesday 8 March, with events celebrating the movement towards gender equality HERE. The annual march and rally is on Saturday 11 March from 10am at the Archibald Foundation Hyde Park. Information HERE.
Urbanistas Sydney and UTS have a gender equality fundraiser for the Robyn Kemmis Scholarship Fund, with MC Verity Firth and panel members Anne Summers, Natalie Isaacs and Kerryn Phelps Wednesday 8 March 6.30-9.30pm. Information HERE.
Woollahra Council’s ‘Women of Woollahra’ exhibition opens Wednesday 8 March 6-8pm at Woollahra Library showcases self-portraits from Woollahra women at a photography workshop. Information HERE.
Monday 27 February 2017
I’m introducing panel members for an inspiring discussion on LGBTI rights with Californian Senator Ricardo Lara, former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally, Taiwan International Queer Film Festival founder Jay Lin, The Equality Campaign’s Tiernan Brady and Australian Marriage Equality’s Shirleene Robinson, moderated by ABC's Ben Jenkins. It’s on upstairs at The Beresford 354 Bourke Street Surry Hills tomorrow night (Tuesday 28 February) 6.30-8pm. Details: www.equalitycampaign.org.au/politicspub.
Monday 27 February 2017
In Parliament, I got cross party support for my Matter of Public Importance discussion recognising the significant contribution that the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras makes to Sydney and NSW. Speakers sent strong messages of acceptance and celebration of LGBTI communities. Mardi Gras remains an important tool in the push for LGBTI full equality. My speech is HERE.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore and I will again be marching in this year’s parade – along with lots of supporters. Don’t miss seeing this celebration of progress towards equality. Details: www.mardigras.org.au/parade.
(Matter of Public Importance, 23 February 2017, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
Tonight we speak in recognition of the significant contribution the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras makes to our City and our state and to welcome the festival and all it’s visitors on behalf of the New South Wales Parliament.Read more
20 February 2017
Renowned historian author of ‘Gay Sydney: A History’ Garry Wotherspoon presents a trip through the long and proud history of LGBTI social life and activism on Thursday 23 February 6-8pm at Paddington Library 247 Oxford Street. Free but bookings essential, information HERE.
20 February 2017
Join me this Wednesday at the Queer Screen Film Festival Launch of the inspiring film ‘The Freedom to Marry’. The film tracks the USA journey to achieving marriage equality, in a very similar way to how we are approaching the campaign in Australia – grass roots campaigning coupled with building multi-partisan support for a reform that is all about fairness and equality. I will be introducing the film and you can buy tickets HERE.
Monday 6 February 2017
Congratulations to Elaine Czulkowski of Darlinghurst, Sydney electorate Local Woman of the Year. I nominated Elaine for her commitment to equality and many years of support for LGBTI organisations including Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, The Bingham Cup, ACON, Out for Australia, Queer Screen, Australian Marriage Equality and Australians for Equality.
Tuesday 24 January 2017
Would you like to join the fabulous volunteers at the Equality pop-up shop at 122 Oxford Street, selling merchandise to raise funds for marriage equality and helping the campaign for equality? Join us HERE.