Today on IDAHOBIT( A day dedicated to fighting homophobia, transphobia, bi-phobia and intersexism) we saw a vibrant and colourful rally for equal rights, demanding the Abbott government repeal the discriminatory marriage act. Among the crowd, many were also angry at the government’s recent budget announcement which will see LGBTI people hard hit, especially the attacks on health care access and welfare support for young people, which will increase the LGBTI homeless and suicide rates.


Speakers at the rally included:


Equal Love convener ALI HOGG

ADAM BANDT (Greens MHR for Melbourne)

SALLY GOLDNER (Transgender Victoria)

ADAM BOTTOMLEY (Australian Services Union Delegate of the Year 2013)

NAOMI FARMER (National Union of Students Queer Officer)

Plus live music performances by ROSCO ELLIOT and the Gay and Lesbian Chorus who performed a lively original song entitled ‘Equality’ written especially for the campaign for equal marriage rights



Equal Love convenor Ali Hogg said:

“Today’s passionate rally showed that people are still angry that the government is maintaining this backward and discriminatory marriage ban. they are growing impatient because our cries are being ignored.

We expressed a clear and loud message to the Abbott government today that discrimination has got to end. This is an important civil rights struggle and we will continue the struggle until we reach full equality in Australia.”


Equal Love commit to continuing the fight and encourage all those who support equality to attend the mid winter vows on the ten year anniversary of the ban on equal marriage rights on the 16th August at 1pm at the State Library.


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