(via Almost 2000 attend CBD rally for gay rights)
Almost 2000 people are attending a rally in Brisbane’s CBD this afternoon to protest the de-funding of gay health group Healthy Communities and to show their support for civil unions – the fate of which remains unknown.
The rally began at King George Square at 5pm and the protesters will march to Parliament House where there will be speeches from Healthy Communities workers and couples who have entered civil unions, as well as a candlelight vigil for people who have died from AIDS.
This was a really good turn out, considering it being Brisbane + short notice.
It was so clearly a community organized event to, the crowd and atmosphere was different from the increasing number of public events aimed more at allies/media.
Like queers were the clear majority, and not just the ‘respectable’ ones. Plus lots of the elderly LGBT people involved who founded the main groups back when it was such a police state here that outness was unsafe for everyone, no matter how priviliged they were. It made me really happy to see the old timers there.
This is fantastic. Big loves to you all…and it’s so brilliant when elderly LGBT people are present.
the different demographics in the crowd tonight were inspiring- proud to say my mother, housemates and i were present (just behind that rainbow umbrella on the left), we can’t leave this bullshit unanswered