Chance to engage half a million carnival-goers

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer

James Witchard, Mark McDonald, Dave Mak and Katie Rose at last year's Fair Day stall.

Federation is seizing the chance to promote its campaigns within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) communities at the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras — a target audience hundreds of thousands of people.

The famous parade alone attracts more than half a million people and this year, for the first time, it will feature a Federation float.

The union will host a stall on Fair Day, the launch of the Mardi Gras, on February 22. The event, held at Victoria Park, Camperdown, is widely acknowledged to be one of the most well-loved and popular Mardi Gras events, attracting up to 70,000 people.

Federation activists and Officers will promote Federation, public education, TAFE and Gonski campaigns. Information will also be available on safe and inclusive schools for LGBTIQ students, teachers and the members of the education community.

The theme for the parade, to be held on March 7, is Passion, which Federation’s Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Restricted Committee saw as being particularly relevant as teachers are often acknowledged for their passion to make a difference in the lives of their students.

The committee decided the theme for the float, linking the parade’s overarching Passion theme with Federation, would be “Teachers Making a Difference for LGBTI students”.

Places on the float are still available but numbers are limited so members who wish to march with Federation need to RSVP.

Members interested in receiving updates about GLBTIQ issues and activities should sign up to the Gay and Lesbian Special Interest Group. Membership of this group is voluntary and open to all members with an interest in GLBTI issues.

Mel Smith is the Officer attached to the Gay and Lesbian SIG and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Restricted Committee.