FUSE52 — Express yourself and be free

Creating Equality

On Saturday 4 March, I marched and partied with over 250,000 of my best friends... well, maybe they weren’t all my ‘best’ friends, but there is something about the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras which seems to bring everyone together with tremendous love and friendship. Although it rained a little on our parade — sorry Fred Nile, I don’t think it was your praying — it was a truly amazing night, filled with glitter, giant smiles and diversity.

This year’s theme was ‘Creating Equality’ and highlighted that everyone should be treated fairly and equally, with no one being discriminated against for their sexuality, sex, gender identity, race, beliefs, age or abilities. The theme literally created a sea of self-expression and I was honoured to be part of it — thousands of people showing their support for the continuing fight for equality and recognition.

As most people already know Mardi Gras originally started as a political protest on a cold Winter’s night on Saturday 24 June 1978. The protest, which was in part a response of the Stonewall riots in New York, sadly ended in violence and the arrest of 53 men and women. Being anything other than heterosexual was certainly not celebrated back then.

Lucky for us many LGBTIQ people have been fighting hard for our rights for almost forty years, and the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is now one of the largest and most iconic celebrations of LGBTIQ pride in the world. Although we still have some equality battles to win, it’s amazing just how far we have come.

Next year will be the 40th anniversary and I’m sure we will all be super excited to celebrate this amazing milestone. On p27 you’ll find the start of our special FUSE 2017 Mardi Gras photo feature.

Sydney Gay Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 Canberra

Also in this issue of FUSE we look at some practical steps you can take to keep you safe while using dating apps p19. Find out what makes people fall in love and discover the top ten things that can make sparks fly p24. In the last of our four part series, find out what happens when you date an earth sign p15. See the return of Casey Conway — he talks about his  journey from swimwear model to unintentional role model p39. We can’t forget our Canberra SpringOUT Festival photos, which include Fair Day, the FUSE Bake Off and Bushdance p43. And if you love wine and food you better turn to p36 right now!

Enjoy and express yourself, Alex

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