This Saturday marks an important day in the Australian movement for equality, both for the wider community and for the AFL, an institution close to the hearts of many Australians.
At midday this Saturday, the Essendon Football Club (EFC) and the Purple Bombers will be hosting the very first AFL pride event. The event has been championed by the Australian Equality Party’s Leader, Jason Tuazon-McCheyne, a long-time supporter of the club.
More than 150 people are expected to attend a lunch at Etihad stadium before the Essendon vs Adelaide match, including Essendon CEO, Xavier Campbell, several Essendon players and the first Gender & Sexuality Commissioner, Rowena Allen.
Jason will be speaking about the Purple Bombers and the support he’s had from the EFC. It’s hoped that the lunch will become an annual event which demonstrates the EFC’s ongoing support for diversity.
After the lunch, Jason will be heading to the Equal Love Marriage Rally where he’ll join a crowd expected to reach the tens of thousands. That crowd will be voicing its determination to continue the fight for marriage equality.
Way back in 2003 Jason publicly married 17 couples at the very first Equal Love rally and similar same-sex marriages have been conducted each year ever since.
This rally falls on the 11th anniversary of the Marriage Amendment Act of 2004 which was prompted by a legal action taken by Jason and his husband, Adrian, and a lesbian couple, Deputy Leader, Jac Tomlins and her partner, Sarah Nichols. A few days before their legal case was due to be heard in the Family Court, the Howard Government changed the law. They’ve been working to fix that ever since!
The rally will end with a mass wedding of same-sex couples conducted by Jason and a few words from him about the Australian Equality Party. Given the events of the last few days this rally is especially important. Hope to see you there.
Purple Bombers Pride Event: purplebombers.com/purple-bombers-events
Equal Love Marriage Rally: facebook.com/events/653094418158692