YES FEST - Sunday 22 October

Equal Love's final event as part of our YES CAMPAIGN for Marriage Equality is on Sunday 22 October and is proudly supported by The Victorian Trades Hall Council and the Equality Campaign.

At 1pm we will meet at the Victorian State Library for a short rally before we march through the CBD to our main stage set up in the Gardens where we will continue to hear from community leaders, political figures, celebrity endorsements and marriage equality advocates. These speeches will be broken up with an afternoon of live performance from some of our favourite local performers ending in a DJ set to send us off dancing to what we hope is an overwhelming YES Victory!

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This is the FINAL COUNTDOWN week. We will have only 7 days from this event to encourage everyone who is yet to mail in their ballots to do so and to encourage everyone who attends to reach out to their circle of family and friends to ensure every YES vote is posted back to the ABS in time to be counted.

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Let's show the country Melbourne will fight and campaign till the last minute and come out in the biggest display of solidarity to ensure a YES Victory is achieved in what has been an incredibly divisive and unwarranted vote on our equality.






Thank you to the more than 5,000 people who hit the streets to say yes to marriage equality on October 1st in Melbourne. We successfully assembled Melbourne's longest ever rainbow, stretching more than 100 metres down Swanston St.

While 'yes' supporters have taken to the streets in their thousands in capital cities across the country since the announcement of the postal survey, the 'no' campaign has not managed to hold a public event of any significant size. This demonstrates that the majority of people are on the right side of history and that when marriage equality is finally achieved in Australia, it will be because of the efforts of millions of equality supporters all around the country, not just the politicians. 

Equal Love would like to thank all the fantastic speakers who, in various moving and funny ways, conveyed their support for the 'yes' campaign on Sunday. They included ALP leader and leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten, Greens leader Richard DiNatale, Gogglebox stars Wayne and Tom, Trades Hall Campaign Manager Wil Stracke, comedian Tom Ballard, LGBTI parents and activists Lara and Emilie and Equal Love activist Danica Cheesely. Equal Love would also like to thank the performers who made the block party at Treasury Gardens such a festive way to conclude the days activities. Thank you to Polly Filla, Rocco D'Amore and DJs Magnus. 

There are a matter of weeks left before the postal survey concludes. These weeks will be packed with activities, including the final mass public march on Sunday 22 October as well as stalls, phone arounds and forums. Equal Love will not rest until we have reminded every person with a survey form that this is a question of equality and it is essential that supporters of equality tick the box and return their forms before the end of October. To find out more follow our facebook page.

History in the making: over 20,000 march for marriage equality YES vote.

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On Saturday August 26, Over 20,000 of us made history as we marched through the streets of Melbourne, loudly and proudly demanding a YES outcome for marriage equality. It was a massive rainbow coloured display of fabulousness and strength.

Equal love are thrilled to be have organised Australia’s largest ever LGBTIQ rights rally in history and believe it was the perfect launch for the YES campaign.

If we are forced to have this postal vote, we must make it count. Seeing over 20,000 people out on the streets so vehemently calling for a YES vote is the perfect way to embolden our side and sends a message to the NO camp just how strong and determined we are. It also without doubt sends a shiver down the spines of the likes of the far right politicians, especially Abbott, which is always good.

It was truly inspiring to see how diverse the rally was. It was exactly what we need to see to win. There were people of every age, gender and sexuality. There were families, there were city folk and bus loads attended from country towns to come together and say enough is enough. 13 years is too long and this plebiscite, as much as it is a farce, needs to have a resounding yes outcome. The strength of Saturday’s rally has given thousands faith and determination to make it happen.

Equal Love will be working our butts off over the next few months so keep your eyes out for further events and Sign up to the YES campaign!


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We aim to put pressure on the government to legislate for equal marriage rights.



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