20 June 2013
(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I recognise the fantastic work of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Choir, this year celebrating 22 years of entertaining local and international audiences. The choir welcomes all people, regardless of sexual identity or musical experience. It provides social support in a safe and inclusive environment, and the singing conveys powerful messages of equality and acceptance.
The choir has more than 80 active singing members and has performed at a range of community events, toured New Zealand, Europe and North America, and made recordings. I had the pleasure of attending the choir's latest production at Sydney Town Hall, Broadway Betty. The choir was joined on stage by Simon Bourke and the Royal Australian Navy Band. Performances also included the Tip Top Tapping Lovelies, and singing older men and women newly trained by the Choir for Seniors Week.
I am proud to be a member of the Cultural Fund Committee, which distributes funds raised to help the Gay and Lesbian Choir put on these productions. I congratulate the choir on its contributions to our community.