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Sydney Mardi Gras board uninvite Australian PM to parade

Sydney Mardi Gras board uninvite Australian PM to parade

Sydney Mardi Gras Parade

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras board passed a motion to publicly say that Malcolm Turnbull is not welcome as an official guest of the parade next year.

Turnbull became the first sitting Australian Prime Minister to attend the Sydney Mardi Gras Parade this year, but will not be officially invited back.

At the annual general meeting, the motion was put forward by Cat Rose, convenor of Sydney-based activist group, Community Action Against Homophobia: ‘We wanted to express our disgust at his Prime Ministership as a community and to say that we don’t need his phony friendship,’ she said.

‘Turnbull hijacked the Mardi Gras parade this year. He was happy to come and get his media opportunity and spruik his supposedly pro-gay values but what has he given us since? He has been nothing but a conduit for homophobes wanting to derail marriage equality through a vindictive plebiscite,’ Rose explained.

Turnbull’s plan to introduce marriage equality through an expensive and divisive plebiscite was recently voted down in parliament.

The PM has also “gutted” the Australian Safe Schools program, which aims to educate students on how to come to terms with their sexuality, be more inclusive at school and give students LGBTI-friendly resources.

Now, the Safe Schools program is restricted to secondary schools, sharply reduces the lesson content and is subject to parental consent.

For these reasons, the official motion read: ‘The Annual General Meeting of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras does not believe that a Prime Minister who denies us equality should be welcome as an official guest at our parade.’

The reaction from Twitter to the motion has been swift, with many divided opinions.