Community Recognition: Metropolitan Community Church Blesses Mardi Gras Festivities
Read Jenny's speech in parliament acknowledging the Metropolitan Community Church in Petersham for their work supporting the LGBTIQ community.
Bold Book Launch
Read in Parliament on 5 May 2016:
"I draw the attention of members to the recently released BOLD anthology, a collection of stories written by older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. More than 50 writers contributed to the anthology, including former High Court Judge the Hon. Michael Kirby, transgender advocate Sally Golding, Indigenous woman Aunty Dawn Daylight, Dr Jo Harrison, an attendee of Sydney's first Mardi Gras, and former Greens parliamentary leader Bob Brown.
I was pleased to attend the launch of BOLD at the Better Read Than Dead bookstore in Newtown, where I joined contributors Melissa Hardy, Kate Lilley, David Urquhart and Helmut Bakaitis, who shared their insightful and personal BOLD stories with us. I congratulate the anthology's editor, David Hardy and Hannah Mae Cartmel, from the publisher, Rag & Bone Man Press, for bringing together this collection of stories. I thank them for ensuring that these important stories from LGBTI elders in our community are documented and form part of our rich and vibrant history."
Mardi Gras Fair Day
Read in Parliament on 23 March 2017:
"I draw to the attention of the House the fantastic efforts of the Mardi Gras team who coordinated another successful community Fair Day. The fair was held this year in Camperdown Memorial Rest Park, in Newtown. There were more than 220 stalls, hundreds of performers and a crowd of around 70,000—many more if we include the four-legged doggy friends who also attended. It was great to catch up with so many champions of our LGBTIQ communities on the day.
I give a shout-out to Australian Marriage Equality, the Mardi Gras 78ers, the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, Positive Life NSW, Out for Australia, the Gender Centre and Rainbow Families. I offer my congratulations to the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras staff, including chief executive Terese Casu, the Volunteer Fair Day Working Group and the many volunteers who helped out across the day.
- Australian Marriage Equality
- The Mardi Gras 78ers
- Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby
- Positive Life NSW
- Out For Australia
- Gender Centre
- Rainbow Families
Challenges Ahead For New NSW Police Commissioner
The Greens wish new Police Commissioner Mick Fuller well in his new role leading the NSW Police Force.
The NSW Police Force is well overdue for fresh leadership, with poor succession planning by the Coalition as well as infighting and internal disputes amongst senior police overshadowing the broader work of frontline police for too long.Read more
Mardi Gras 2017
Published in the South Sydney Herald, March 2017
It has been great to see Sydney covered in rainbows for another wonderful Mardi Gras season.
Community participation in Mardi Gras grows stronger and prouder every year. I had the opportunity to chat with lots of people at Fair Day, which was held in Camperdown Memorial Park as a one off while Victoria Park is undergoing improvements. This time of year is certainly a celebration – but also an opportunity to remember the struggles of the past and highlight the issues of equality that still need to be achieved.Read more
Community Recognition: Fair Day
Today we congratulated organisers and volunteers for another successful Mardi Gras Fair Day.
Parliament Acknowledges the Contribution of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
Today NSW Parliament acknowledged the significant contribution Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras makes to our city. Read our contribution below.
Join Us At Mardi Gras Fair Day 2017
Drop in to the Greens’ stall at Fair Day to chat with us about our campaigns supporting LGBTIQ communities. Don't forget it's a Camperdown Memorial Rest Park this year!
Our NSW LGBTIQ spokesperson Jenny Leong MP and our Federal spokesperson Senator Janet Rice will be there from midday, along with a number of other Greens MPs.Read more
Keep Our Schools Safe Schools
Tamara Smith, Member for Ballina and NSW Greens spokesperson for education today spoke in support of the NSW Safe Schools Coalition Program.
'It is astonishing that we have people petitioning NSW parliament, saying that they do not want schools to be safe for all students that attend them. Surely everyone would agree that our schools should be safe, supportive and inclusive for all young people,' said Ms Smith.Read more
Greens Back Gayby Baby Toolkit
The Greens have attacked moves by the NSW government to remove the Gayby Baby School Action Toolkit from state schools.
"The NSW Education Minister has pulled a valuable resource that his own department has supported, seemingly because he was told about it by the media," said the Australian Greens LGBTIQ spokesperson Senator Janet Rice.Read more