Mardi Gras celebrations

Mel Smith
Trade Union Training Officer

Federation has continued its involvement in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.

Federation’s stall at Fair Day on February 19 gave members the opportunity to show support for the LGBTIQ communities as well as promote regular campaigns. The Stop TAFE Cuts, Gonski and Protect Our Preschools campaigns were all well received, with fairgoers signing to register their support.

Thousands of people converged on Camperdown Memorial Park for Fair Day, including students, teachers and families.

The day marked the beginning of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, with the festival continuing for two weeks and culminating in the parade.

This year, the theme of Federation’s float was “Teachers Building Equality”. The LGBTIQ Special Interest Group (SIG) chose this theme to highlight the fact that teachers build equality in their everyday work by encouraging and participating in open discussion about fairness and justice as well as planning to ensure that teaching and learning is meaningful and relevant to all. The theme also acknowledges that teachers play a large part in instilling societal values in children and, as such, aim to create environments where difference is valued and equality is promoted.

The union’s participation in Mardi Gras sends a message to teachers, students, their families, and the wider LGBTIQ community that the union is dedicated to the cause of equality for all. Members interested in receiving updates about LGBTIQ issues and activities can sign up to the LGBTIQ SIG to receive updates.

Membership of this group is voluntary, and open to all members with an interest in LGBTIQ issues regardless of how they identify.

To join the SIG, email here.