As one of Australia's most senior and respected diplomats, Brady and his partner Peter are an out and proud couple on the world stage.
The duo were the first-ever officially acknowledged gay ambassadorial couple back in 1999 when they were presented to Queen Margrethe II of Denmark when Brady's posting as Australian Ambassador to Denmark began.
The high-profile appointment gave Brady pause to consider how far LGBT rights had come in the space of two decades. "My partner Peter and I met twenty eight years ago, both aged 22 and by the law of much of the land were designated criminals," he tells Same Same. "By the psychiatrist manuals we were automatically determined to suffer from mental illness.
"We worked for over a quarter of a century in government employment with no access to the same superannuation rights of people we sat right next to in the office. Hypocrisy accompanied by barely hidden scorn or worse, was palpable. We persevered and wherever possible demonstrated in our professional lives that difference was enlarging and enhancing; that common humanity had to prevail over prejudice. We’ve come a very long way through the hard struggle of many brave people.
"When appointed Australian Ambassador to Sweden, Denmark & Norway and later to The Netherlands we found ourselves in societies which had legislatively and socially put asides prejudice," he adds. "We were embraced from Monarchs to everyday citizens.
"Peter and I are proud to have played a small part in ensuring that the stigma attached to those ‘coming out’ now is significantly lessened and that senior positions within government are not judged by sexuality but by merit alone."
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