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Melbourne to host special Pride to mark 40 years since decriminalization of gay sex

Melbourne to host special Pride to mark 40 years since decriminalization of gay sex

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Premier of Victoria, Australia, Daniel Andrews has promised a major Pride festival in Melbourne if Labor is re-elected.

The festival will take place in 2021 to mark 40 years since Victoria decriminalized homosexuality. The government repealed the state’s sodomy laws in 1981. It also equalized the age of consent to 16 in 1991.

Visit Victoria and the local LGBTI community will organize Melbourne Pride 2021.

The state of Victoria already has an LGBTI month-long event called Midsumma Festival. Kicking off with a party in the park and ending with a parade, it’s spread across several locations in the suburbs of Melbourne.

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Andrews said the festival was to mark the important milestone and recognize the LGBTI community’s long fight for equality.

‘By backing Melbourne’s very own pride event, we’re sending a clear message: here in Victoria, equality is not negotiable,’ he also said.

Labor promises $6.4 million in support of services and initiatives for the LGBTI community. This includes a $200,000 boost for regional and rural Pride events.

The government hopes its new Pride Festival will help improve the state’s economy while supporting the community, alongside creating new jobs.

‘From discrimination to acceptance to celebration, our state has come a long way,’ Victoria’s equality minister Martin Foley said.

‘There’s no better way to mark this milestone than an event where our LGBTI community can celebrate with friends, family and allies alike.’

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