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Jason with the Purple Bombers

Purple Bombers

Last Saturday was a huge day for the AEP. Essendon Football Club (EFC) hosted the first ever AFL Pride event. 150 people attended a lunch to celebrate the formation of the Purple Bombers. Jason has been a lifelong supporter of the EFC and has been working behind the scenes for the last two year to get the Purple Bombers up and running.

The Essendon CEO, Xavier Campbell, welcomed the Purple Bombers acknowledging their importance and their contribution to the club, and commending Jason for championing this cause. There was also discussion about the first Pride match next year which will hopefully be between Essendon and St Kilda.

Jack Jones, the 93 year old veteran player told some great stories, and Victoria’s first Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Rowena Allen, came out as a non-AFL supporter, but said that a Pride match would definitely change that!

Marriage Equality Rally

Equal Love rally in Melbourne

It was a quick dash for Jason and the team as we headed from Etihad Stadium to Treasury Gardens to meet the thousands of people marching up Collins Street. Jason conducted a mass non-legal wedding ceremony with many couples tying the unofficial knot. It was also an opportunity for Jason to talk a little about the AEP and for the rest of us to hand out flyers. The Herald Sun ran a nice piece.

Diary dates

We have two — very different — events coming up, so please put these dates in your diary. Details to follow.

Sunday, October 4th we are holding our first birthday party, a family friendly event hosted by Henry, an AEP member in Thornbury.

Friday, November 20th we are having a late-night, end of year party at Club London in St Kilda.

Hope to see you there.

Jac Tomlins, Deputy Leader, AEP

This is the fifth post in an ongoing series called “The Senate Seat” by Jac Tomlins. You can read the last post here.

Jacqueline Tomlins
Jac Tomlins is a writer, trainer and long-time campaigner for LGBTIQ rights. She has been an outspoken advocate for the community for many years, speaking on radio and TV and publishing in a range of LGBTIQ and mainstream publications. She is one of the founding members of the Australian Equality Party.