Photo Friday: Melbourne’s Pride March

I saw the slogan “Muriel’s Civil Union: We Do Movies Differently” and burst out laughing. I was happy that I had watched Muriel’s Wedding before I came to Australia. I understood the reference.

(c) Allison Yates. Pride Melbourne.
The public waits for the parade to pass.

On Sunday, January 31, 2016, Melbourne celebrated its 21st Pride March in St. Kilda. Groups from all sectors of society came together to show their support for the LGBT community.

(c) Allison Yates. Pride Melbourne
A little boy walks in Pride Melbourne.
(c) Allison Yates. Pride March Melbourne.
Participants hold up signs that say “safe sex” at the Pride March.
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Marchers with the queer running and walking group dance to Pharrell’s “Happy” with pompoms.
(c) Allison Yates
A girl holds a sign that says “Binaries are for computers.”
(c) Allison Yates
A man wears a shirt that says “Out and Proud Professor.”

 

(c) Allison Yates
Two young girls march in the parade.

 

As I stood and watched the parade, I was amazed at the diversity of supporting groups- from politicians to high schools. Infants and grandparents. Drag queens and bears. I saw queer rock climbers, the wolves, the Australian Equality Party, LGBT running and walking groups and scrawny men in leather onesies.

(c) Allison Yates. Pride March Melbourne
The Australian Equality Party marches in the Pride March.

The theme of this year’s march was marriage equality. This theme is especially pertinent to current events as the political discussion surrounding the issue is tense. While Australia has openly gay politicians, such as Penny Wong, there are conservative Christian groups that consider children of LGBT parents as a “stolen generation.”

(c) Allison Yates. Pride March Melbourne.
A marcher with the Australian Equality party shows his support.

 

Whereas Tony Abbott wanted to leave the marriage equality in the hands of the public with a plebiscite, as of now it appears that a bill could pass, as there is a majority of pro-marriage equality politicians in both the House and the Senate.

After all of the groups had passed through the march, participants and observers filed down to Catani Gardens.

(C) Allison Yates.
A man waits for the bus as marchers pass him to reach Catani Gardens.

Erin and I ran into two small boys who happened to be near the march. They didn’t really understand what was going on, but they were waving the flag and enjoying the crowds. One of the boys didn’t have a flag. He saw Erin’s and she offered it to him. “Do you want this?” she motioned to her flag. “YES!” he quickly replied.

(c) Allison Yates
Two small boys wave the rainbow flag.
(c) Allison Yates.
A woman stares as she passes by a woman selling buttons for support.

Once we reached the gardens, it was already a full on party with live music, a dance area, and food and beverage trucks.

(c) Allison Yates
A woman sits in the lawn with a man and girl at Catani Gardens.
(c) Allison Yates
A woman wears a shirt at Catani Gardens that says “I can’t even think straight.”
(c) Allison Yates
A man sitting on a bench is proud of his shirt that says “It’s just love.”
(c) Allison Yates
Girls embrace in Catani Gardens.

Want to check out another photo? My photo of the month was taken at the Pride March.

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One thought on “Photo Friday: Melbourne’s Pride March

  1. HAHAHAA I love the “Binaries are for Computers” and “I can’t even think straight” photos! So great! Amazing photography Allison!

    On Fri, Feb 12, 2016 at 3:17 AM, Naptime With Yasmine wrote:

    > Allison posted: “I saw the slogan “Muriel’s Civil Union: We Do Movies > Differently” and burst out laughing. I was happy that I had watched > Muriel’s Wedding before I came to Australia. I understood the reference. On > Sunday, January 31, 2016, Melbourne celebrated its 21st” >

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