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Scouts NSW Marching In MardiGras Parade For The First Time

Scouting culture has moved in leaps and bounds over recent years, with Scouts Australia NSW set to march in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras parade for the first time this evening.

“We’ve been looking to do this for about two years now,” says Rover Scout and Scout Leader Ayla Jones. “When we first proposed the idea, we were told that we really needed to be aware and inclusive of everybody in scouting and recognise that not everyone has the same opinion as us – but that it’s also important to support our young people who might identify as LGBTIQ+.”

“The first year we attended the parade and made sure that our group had support and that we all had an idea of why we wanted to be there,” Jones, who is also a volunteer leader with 14-17 year olds, tells SameSame.

“We wanted to support and include people.”

“This year, we said ‘look, we went last year and it all went really well, so we want to put a small float into the parade’. So we have 45 people marching in scout uniform. We have rainbow scarves, which we’re quite excited about. We’ve got our own special badges which combine the mardi gras logo, scout reef knot and rainbow and transgender flags.”

In regards to recent international news regarding transgender boys and girls being accepted into scout groups, Jones insists that Scouts Australia NSW is all-inclusive.

“We have state commissioners who are fighting for us and making sure that everyone is included, and the diversity that has always been there in scouting is really openly accepted and supported,” she says.

We can’t wait to see the fabulous group march tonight!

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