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The pre-parade revels in and around the Hyde Park lock-up zone, before the closing night of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival, must offer one of the world’s most fabulous free parties.
Twelve thousand five hundred participants of every shape, colour, nationality, origin, gender, (dis)ability, age and/or even height, pour into the restricted enclosure. Together they coalesce into one joyful, breezily mashed-up love-in—all before anyone’s peaked or got trashed. Their prep must have included naps, as many look sparkling and primed for what will be a long, exhaustive but exhilarating night.
As Northern Ireland's largest cross-communal event, Belfast Pride extends to all people the intoxicating prospect of what life feels like "beyond the binary"— both gendered and sectarian. People from across the province and beyond, transcend their ancient divisions, to converge on central Belfast. For one glorious weekend a year, they thrill in bathing-in the possibilities of a better world.
Looking through the lens of Pride, it is easy to establish that a majority of people in Northern Ireland—from both sides of the divide—yearn deeply for freer lives and broader horizons.
By Amy Maguire, Senior Lecturer in International Law and Human Rights, University of Newcastle,The Conversation
The Australian parliament has passed legislation to permit same-sex marriage. The Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill passed the Senate on November 28. It was then passed in the House of Representatives on Thursday [7th December] by an overwhelming majority: around 130 MPs voted in favour, just four voted against, and a small number abstained.
To confirm the new statute as law, it went to the governor-general for royal assent. This formality made the bill an act of parliament. Attorney-General George Brandis has said that same-sex marriages will be permitted from January 9, taking into account the one-month notice period required under the Marriage Act
Poll results announced in Prince Alfred Park, Sydney, in the morning, with celebrations in Oxford St in the afternoon and evening. 15th Nov 2017
Amanda Szubanski addresses National Press Club as Senate passes Same-Sex Marriage Bill. 29 Nov 2017
Volunteers assemble in Canberra on the morning of the final Parliamentary vote in the House of Representatives. 7 Dec 2017
Australian Marriage Equality activists and volunteers enjoy a "victory lap" at Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras. 3 March 2018