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Mardi Gras Gets GovernmentFunding

It’s the news we’ve all been waiting for – the NSW State Government have just announced that they will be helping to fund Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras for the very first time.

“It’s a really exciting time for Mardi Gras,” General Manager Anna McInerney tells Same Same. “It provides us with the opportunity to plan for future years and do long range planning.”

This means that Mardi Gras will be included in the NSW Master Events Calendar, a schedule of the state’s most significant events, as well as will receive government funding.

The exact amount of funding has not been revealed, “Events NSW don’t reveal any level of funding, it’s not just a New Mardi Gras thing,” says McInerney, adding it will help towards increased production values for the parade, the party and the festival.

Studies have shown that Mardi Gras generates more than $30 million in direct economic benefit to NSW each year.

Events NSW Chief Executive Geoff Parmenter said he was looking forward to working with New Mardi Gras for the greater benefit of Sydney. “Events NSW have a real interest in ensuring this iconic event continues to thrive with an enduring and sustainable business model,” he says.

As part of the strategy, the new funding will allow Mardi Gras to secure more international and national float participation, more integration with the domestic and international marketing strategies of Tourism NSW, as well as securing existing and new media broadcasting opportunities.

McInerney reveals that it’s only a 1 year deal at this point, with the aim of it becoming a three-year and potentially longer partnership in years to come.

If you’re already wondering what effect it’s going to have on Mardi Gras next year, you’re not the only one. “There won’t be any immediate changes, although you may see some changes to the Parade,” hints McInerney. “You will be pleasantly surprised.”

Congrats Mardi Gras!

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robbie

robbie said on the 1st Oct, 2008

about friggin time! GREAT news.

weathervain

weathervain said on the 1st Oct, 2008

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xgqvi_the-wiz-brand-new-day_events

gnosis

gnosis said on the 1st Oct, 2008

Great news! Though I await the inevitable "it's a waste of money blah blah". Just hope that no one tells the talkback stations.

It brings so much tourism to NSW (more than World Youth Day, anyway, which got more money by far) so it's great to see them using money for something which will pick up the economy in NSW, even just a little bit.

Travis de Jonk

Travis de Jonk said on the 1st Oct, 2008

Wow! That's awesome. It took them 31 years but by crikey they finally got some common sense and some community spirit. Congrats Mardi Gras!!! XX

dreadcircus

dreadcircus said on the 1st Oct, 2008

30 years late but fantastic!! One question tho... What money are they going to front??? I was under the impression the NSW govt were strapped for cash atm

DeepBlueDreamer

DeepBlueDreamer said on the 1st Oct, 2008

Brilliant!!! One more thing to celebrate at Sleaze!!!!

mikeb

mikeb said on the 1st Oct, 2008

yeh this is g8 ....follow this link and vote yes that it is a good idea ...at the mo the straights are saying "no" and there votes are winning the poll by bout 80% ...I say stuff em ..
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24434051-5001021,00.html

weathervain

weathervain said on the 1st Oct, 2008

guess what else you can vote more than once


nup it let me vote twice by some glitch, then it didn't awww I could have had some fun

zebra-stripes

zebra-stripes said on the 1st Oct, 2008

if you clear your cookies between votes it will work better

zebra-stripes

zebra-stripes said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Ok this is getting a lot of attention

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/comments/0,22058,24434051-5001021,00.html

Everyone make a comment!

DeepBlueDreamer

DeepBlueDreamer said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

I did- but few people have put Mardi Gras and WYD in the same basket- I feel sick!! :-(

mikeb

mikeb said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Man there are so many bigots around it's unbelieveable ....i am sicked by them.. just reading some of those comments makes my blood boil ....see what we are up against ..http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24434051-5001021,00.html

mikeb

mikeb said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

More gay bashing by the media ect ..they are having a field day with this one guys !!http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/piersakerman/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/nsw_funds_pink_event_goes_further_into_red/

macca_melb

macca_melb said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Yay about time!!! NMG put on a fantastic event every year!!

honey-prawns

honey-prawns said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

i read the first few comments on that news story and felt that i couldn't just read and not comment myself. the whole thing was reeking of homophobia and iu had to put a few bitches in their place.
especially the mole who said V8 supercars should get funding over MG.

weathervain

weathervain said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

i knew there was a reason i was moving to queensland, what a joke the state govt is!!! Posted by: bob of from ova there----> 10:29am today
Comment 145 of 150


lol no doubt this guy was enticed by the Gay Rights bumper sticker story

DeepBlueDreamer

DeepBlueDreamer said on the 2nd Oct, 2008



I wouldn't have expected anything better from piers akerman- he's a vile fat f#&k!!! Few people can get my blood boiling like he does...:mad:

dreadcircus

dreadcircus said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

It's not really worth responding to the dickwads there. They remain faceless and are only inciting anger via hiding behind a screen which is gutless. They are the same people who'd sprout on the internet a white only policy but would never say such things out in the open.

No matter what the bigots comments reflect the funding is going ahead regardless.

gnosis

gnosis said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

You subscribe to this theory then?

http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/2004/20040319h.jpg

dreadcircus

dreadcircus said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

You subscribe to this theory then?

http://www.penny-arcade.com/images/2004/20040319h.jpg

HAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA Thanks that has made my day.. as Homer would say.. It's funny cause it's true..

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

My contibution to the gutter media:

The Exclusive Brethren schools receive $18 million in government funding ($2 mill from the state govt.) The Mardi Gras will get a couple of hundred thousand for bringing $30 million into the city. It's difficult to see how you can be so upset by the latter...unless, of course, you are a narrow-minded, hatefilled bigot. LOL Btw, Mr. Akerman: " As they scrabble to keep their homes, they will be cheered by the notion that their local Labor MPs..." Scrabble is a board game. The word you are looking for is 'scramble.' Now get off the bigot bandwagon and get yourself educated. :)
http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/piersakerman/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/nsw_funds_pink_event_goes_further_into_red/P80/

velvety

velvety said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Wow the amount of ignorance out there is unbelivable! i started reading the comments on the story in the telegraph but it was just down right depressing!!!!
No.....is leading the poll at the bottom at the moment.....76%

danny corvini

danny corvini said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Get on and vote YES guys n gals... the homophobes are winning..

http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,24434051-5001021,00.html

mick65

mick65 said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

If someone can get government funding $$$$$$$$$$$ to spit on canvas and call it art, why can't the government, state or federal give funding to the Mardi Gras. I'd go to see the M.G, but would not go to see spit art. Let hope they make it a decent amount. ON YA mardi gras !!!!!!!

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

OMG, Piers Akerman just broke my Norton fat fugly filter. :(

Tim D

Tim D said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Piers is, wow, I can't even begin.

GenesisInVain

GenesisInVain said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

YAY! Breath of fresh air!

GenesisInVain

GenesisInVain said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

If we're not the 'hip new thing'...we're perverts, degenerates and everything else the bible-totting conservatives can pelt us with. Shame on the media!

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 2nd Oct, 2008

Cor blimey, over at the Telegraph the comments are bordering on a lynch mob - calls for gays to be bashed and worse. And I thought the US had the monopoly on rednecks.

First, I thought it was illegal to publish these hate-filled calls to violence and second, if this really does represent the views of the people of NSW (and not the wilfully ignorant Telegraph readers), then they can stick their measly few thousand bucks up their crusty jaxies.

Bren

Bren said on the 3rd Oct, 2008



This is what happens to cronies like Akerman when they no longer have a cosy connection to those holding the reigns of power (ie. government). They descend into unbridled Akermania and turn rabid, politically and intellectually.

All we can do is call it as we see it, then stand back and give 'em enough rope..

Meanwhile, check out the latest Wharf Review, "Waiting for Garnaut", for a hilarious satire of Akerman as a pompous colonial gasbag (did I say satire?), Miranda Devine, etc. Also, Kevin Rudd as Maria from The Sound of Music. Great show!

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 3rd Oct, 2008

Oh yay, my comment actually got past the moderator of Bloathilde's comments page in the Terrorgraph this time:

'Well, here’s another way of looking at it. A few years back, BRW did the hard work of estimating the revenue of Australia’s main religions. The Catholic Church earned the bulk of the more than $23b in revenue earned by the ten largest religious groups - $16.25b. At the same growth rate identified by BRW, this would be $20.47b in 2008. If even just 5% of that revenue was profit, that’s more than $300m that the Catholic Church will avoid this year in company tax alone. BRW estimated that the Church had more than $100b in assets, the bulk of which would be property – which would mean several hundred million dollars more in land tax that state governments are missing out on.

That’s a pretty fair reward for the medievalist champions of homophobia, misogyny and paedophilia.

So it’s a bit rich (no pun) for the right to bitch about the few crumbs that get thrown at a 31 year old festival that actually brings tens of millions into the city. Gawd, who knew there was so much ignorance and so many rednecks in this town?. hmmm
shayne chester of 2011 (Reply)
Fri 03 Oct 08 (04:27pm) '

http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/piersakerman/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/sky_is_falling_but_gay_parade_will_be_ok/P80/

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor said on the 3rd Oct, 2008

well, it's hardly surprising that this is stirring up such discussion. everyone gets so precious about their tax dollars - as though EVERYTHING that tax money gets spent on has to personally appeal to EVERYONE. jeez - society is diverse!

the fact that this used to be a protest is probably what makes people baulk at the idea of it being funded... i wonder if there will be strings attached to this money? it's a slippery slope...

i know MG have been working hard for this and so i am glad that it's paid off. after spending some time at folsom street fair in san fran i can't help but think a fair would be a better format for mardi gras. it's a more economically viable model than a parade... at least everyone who wants to be involved (participant or voyeur) makes a donation.

velvety

velvety said on the 3rd Oct, 2008

I agree Christian, my partner bought up the same point....What strings will be attached to this money? they might want some input into there investment....The goverment aren't known for just handing over money and saying " here...no strings....just take it"

jackie87

jackie87 said on the 5th Oct, 2008

Not a surprise considering that fat slug Akerman seems to wish the good old days of the colonies were back

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 5th Oct, 2008

Well I don't know what the straighty potaties are all whingeing about, the NMG Festival is not that different to WYD, except it costs about a $100 million less and has a LOT less paedophiles and men in frocks.

taylor-dayne

taylor-dayne said on the 5th Oct, 2008

woo hoo! a government endorsed mardi gras! any power that parade had left just went out the window.

judes1974

judes1974 said on the 6th Oct, 2008

About frigging time - it only took 30 years! Good for Mardi Gras - awesome news. Much deserved too!

Bren

Bren said on the 6th Oct, 2008





Has anyone ever done an Akerman send-up for Mardi Gras Parade?

If not, might be time well overdue for one, to show him what a sense of humour is and to what good use Mardi Gras can put taxpayer dollars :D

So start the ideas rolling! Think "Piers Akerman float"...

I'm picturing a giant Akerman head that spews bile into a giant bucket, a la Monty Python's Mr Creosote...
http://moviedeaths.blacktachyon.com/grabs/meaning_of_life-mr_creosote-6.jpg
... while gorgeous men and naughty nuns cavort around him (safely outside the hurl perimeter, of course).

Reckon that's just the sort of tribute Piers would love (to hate).

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 6th Oct, 2008

Great idea, Bren, although working the fat angle may not be so PC. We could call the float, "... A rascal, an eater of broken meats, a base, proud, shallow, beggardly, three-suited, hundred-pound, filthy-worsted-stocking knave... and art nothing but the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pander and the son and heir of a mongrel... one whom I will beat into clamorous whining if thou deniest the least syllable of thy addition." - (King Lear, act II.) Too wordy?

honest

honest said on the 6th Oct, 2008

Isn't it great MG finally gets State Funding, let's all celebrate !

Meanwhile the aged pensioners are starving due to their their measly pensions, but I suppose it's all about priorities.

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 6th Oct, 2008

First, the OAP is in the Federal budget, not the state. Second, the couple of hundred thou. that NMG might get is just crumbs it wouldn't affect pensioners if it was added to that budget. And third, I seriously doubt that anyone is starving in this country, despite the stories in the mainstream media about pensioners eating pet food. (Oh, and if they are, they should work it out that pet food costs about 100x what human food does.)

:rolleyes:

zebra-stripes

zebra-stripes said on the 6th Oct, 2008

I think maybe there's a lot of hungry people in this country, but I agree with your points shayne.

Mardi Gras makes a lot of tourist dollars for Sydney, so it makes sense for the government to put some money in. It's not taking money from the community, it's creating money.

Bren

Bren said on the 6th Oct, 2008

An interesting comment from SMH Letters (Monday 6 October):

[SIZE=4][FONT=Arial]Facts on funding

[FONT=Arial]For the record, John Stanton (Letters, October 4-5), the Mardi Gras has never received direct funding from either state or federal governments, despite its generating about $180 million in tourist revenue annually. It has been funded through community fund-raising. This year, there is a proposal for NSW to provide $30 million, very modest in comparison with World Youth Day, which got $90 million and a whole government department to organise and run it.

[FONT=Arial]Janet Peters Leichhardt

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 6th Oct, 2008

:confused: "This year, there is a proposal for NSW to provide $30 million"? Um, $30 million is the amount the parade injects into the state each year. Terms of the deal are confidential, but the parties have confirmed the Government would put up a portion of the several hundred thousand dollars it costs to run the parade. That may include the usual 'in-kind' help with policing and public transport, and financial exemptions.

In return, NSW events would hope to attract more international and national float participation, an integration with the domestic and international marketing strategies of Tourism NSW and the securing of existing and new media broadcasting opportunities.

It hardly helps for such an outrageous misrepresentation to be published in the mainstream broadsheets and I'm surprised that NMG hasn't demanded a correction...and that the SMH didn't check the facts.

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor said on the 6th Oct, 2008

at the end of the day, it's less about NMG being supported, and more about sydney and NSW in general in danger of becoming a cultural wasteland... i think Events NSW were smart to keep one of its iconic events, cos seriously, it wouldn't take much more for sydney to become a very bland city indeed...

honest

honest said on the 7th Oct, 2008

LOL Christian Sydney's already bland.

NMG has it's place in Australian culture that's for sure, but I think State money could go to more important things like proper transport and giving the senior citizens more income.

jackie87

jackie87 said on the 7th Oct, 2008



As you have already been told, that's a Federal responsibility;)

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 7th Oct, 2008

LOL. "Terms of the deal are confidential, but the parties have confirmed the Government would put up a portion of the several hundred thousand dollars it costs to run the parade." A portion of the several hundred thousand dollars. Even if the NSW govt. did decide to take on a Commonwealth role, and distribute the money among the elderly or improve public transport, the oldies would get a couple of cents each. Or they could buy a couple of new bikes for station porters. Psst! don't mention the $18 million a year that the Exclusive Brethren schools get.

DeepBlueDreamer

DeepBlueDreamer said on the 7th Oct, 2008



...for a total of 2000 students. Not a bad deal, must be a very influential cult.

honest

honest said on the 7th Oct, 2008



Ah yes sorry I forgot :)

brandamo

brandamo said on the 8th Oct, 2008

Oh, god, reading these comments on the Telegraph, I thought would be a bit of fun, to get me laughing about the idiocy of closed minded people... instead I find myself feeling sick to the stomach. Whether or not we get funding, the sttitudes of these people make me feel so ill

danny corvini

danny corvini said on the 8th Oct, 2008

Cor blimey, over at the Telegraph the comments are bordering on a lynch mob - calls for gays to be bashed and worse. And I thought the US had the monopoly on rednecks.

First, I thought it was illegal to publish these hate-filled calls to violence and second, if this really does represent the views of the people of NSW (and not the wilfully ignorant Telegraph readers), then they can stick their measly few thousand bucks up their crusty jaxies.

Yes, and it's a very good reason to urge a gay boycott of the Daily Telegraph (or the equivalent Herald-Sun in Melbourne). Murdoch's journalists will stoop to any level to "maintain the rage".

Bren

Bren said on the 9th Oct, 2008

Akerman doubts the economic benefits of Mardi Gras to the NSW economy and wants to see evidence.

If the [URL="http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/2008/10/08/christians-campaign-to-prevent-nmg-funding/2114#comments"]reported comments of New Mardi Gras general manager, Anna McInnerney, are correct...

...why doesn't Akerman get off his partisan proverbial already, lodge a Freedom of Information request to obtain the documentation for this estimate, and do some actual journalistic research (instead of giving succour to a frenzy of contempt, loathing and hatred against gays)?

Because the Creosote wants everything served up to him -- with "eggs on top [...] and don't skimp on the pt" -- and doesn't care who he intellectually vomits on in the process:

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]Gay used to mean happy, blithely, carefree happy. Now it does not. It was stolen and debased. March your little feet off and think honestly of the theft and degradation of words that used to mean joy.

[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]Piers Akerman
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]Sat 04 Oct 08 (08:22pm)
http://blogs.news.com.au/images/member_photos/photo_65.jpg

honest

honest said on the 9th Oct, 2008

Ah Akerman he's such a silly old man you just have to laugh at his stupid comments. He's like a queer Homer Simpson :)

But with regards to MG funding. The Telegraph's online poll/comments to this story indicates there are a lot of Australian vehemently against this idea, many have added comments that are homophobic and undesirable towards us.

Over at SSO's website there are the same vocal few who are beating each other up (again) about this, they seem genuinely shocked that homophobia exists in such a large proportion. Perhaps rather than attack each other they should communicate with each other. The MG Chairman declared that the Telegraph comments only proves there is a need for the MG parade. But what these people seem to misunderstand is that is not entirely the case.

The general Australian public do not understand what the parade is suppose to be about. All they see is half naked men and women, people riding on a giant penis, old guys dressed as women and effeminate men waving pom poms. To them the MG parade does not demonstrate a protest towards gay rights, but an excuse to display in public what they believe gay men and women do behind close doors. Perhaps the parade should return to it's roots and demonstrate what it is really about rather than be an opportunity for spectators to watch a carnival and I believe the many negative comments at the Telegraph clearly indicates that most of the spectators who go to watch the parade aren't there because they're offering support, but they go to watch what they believe to be a kind of freak show. Clearly we're missing mark.

Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor said on the 9th Oct, 2008

i'd like to see things turn a corner, and go back to an event that is about us. it'd be nice to go back to being a community, and not performing seals or cash cows for the NSW government.

times have changed and we have other ways to protest and lobby now...

it's being funded because it's a tourist attraction and a money spinner. nothing more. not because they're supporting our protests... not because they plan to give us more rights. it's nothing more than dollars and cents.

zebra-stripes

zebra-stripes said on the 9th Oct, 2008

does it matter?

we can still take their money

if churches can get funding so can we

Bren

Bren said on the 10th Oct, 2008

I agree with [URL="http://www.starobserver.com.au/news/2008/10/09/homophobia-rises-again/2127#comments"]NMG chair, David Imrie that the Telegraph comments "reaffirmed the reason for Mardi Gras’ existence". It would be narrow minded to presume that Mardi Gras is only about gratuitous flesh flashing, as Akerman and some other blinkered commentators have been eager to insinuate.

Moreover, it's the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, not the General Australian Public Mardi Gras. Not the end of the world if parts of the general Australian public don't 'get it'.

The perennial assertion -- that Mardi Gras is not what it 'should be', by general public standards -- seems odd coming from someone who earlier said that "Sydney is bland". One continues to wonder how taking all the fun and naughtiness out of Mardi Gras could possibly make Sydney less bland, let alone widen the relevance and appeal of Mardi Gras.

If some people don't 'get it' or aren't interested now, I doubt their understanding will be helped much by us turning Mardi Gras into a sobre and solemn nanna march. :D
[COLOR=White].

zebra-stripes

zebra-stripes said on the 10th Oct, 2008

Maybe all the folks who want mardi gras to be more alternative should have their own pagan bondage fuck festival.

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 10th Oct, 2008

honest ...

"there are a lot of Australian vehemently against this idea". No, they're against difference; they are homophobic... ideas have absolutely nothing to do with it.

"Over at SSO's website there are the same vocal few who are beating each other up (again) about this.." No, actually they're defending a gay rights activist who was shit on by one of their reporters.

"All they see is half naked men and women, people riding on a giant penis, old guys dressed as women and effeminate men waving pom poms..." and the rest. Its about diversity, the right to be who you are inside your own skin, whether you're old, fem, fat, Jewish, Liberal, intersexual, omnisexual or vegesexual. Btw., how do you define 'old'? Oh never mind, don't answer that, you'd only depress me. :cool:

"I believe the many negative comments at the Telegraph clearly indicates that most of the spectators who go to watch the parade aren't there because they're offering support, but they go to watch what they believe to be a kind of freak show." Yeah, but personally I don't feel obliged to answer to Telegraph readers and their ilk, thanks.

honest

honest said on the 10th Oct, 2008

shaynesydney,

Sure I understand where you're coming from, but if we are to have respect we should give respect as well. How much longer are the regular group of so-called "gay community" going to continue to act on everyone's behalf?

Perhaps MG parade should be more like that in Brazil for example, integrating a wider participation of community other than just same extroverted gay groups. There's no simple solution sure, but the insistence that flying gay sexuality in front of the faces of the entire country in a way that affirms what most straight people believe "gay" to be isn't fair on the rest of us.

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 10th Oct, 2008

Last year's parade had 10,000 participants and about 180 floats, everything from commercial venues, community groups, political orgs, and so on, including ...

Community, service and religious groups including ACON, Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service, Gay And Lesbian Rights Lobby, Twenty-Ten Youth Support Service, the Luncheon Club, PFLAG NSW Inc (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), Highschoolers Against Homophobia, the Gay Straight Alliance (made up of parents, teachers and students), Macquarie Grammar School, and Gay and Straight Teens From Western Sydney and the Central Coastthe middle-eastern GLBT group Beit El Hob, Amnesty International, Metropolitan Community Church, Dayenu Sydney Jewish GLBT Group; the Pentecostal & Charismatic GLBT group Freedom 2 B(E), the Catholic GLBT group Acceptance Sydney, the Wayside Chapel and 100 ministers from various religions who marched to apologise for exclusion and treatment of the gay community; GLBT social, cultural and sporting groups such as Sydney Gay & Lesbian Choir, Heaven Social Group (Western Sydney), The Pollys Social Group (formed in 1964), Cronulla Gay Group, Mature Aged Gays, Leather Pride, Harbour City Bears, Sydney Spokes Cycling Club, Sydney Rams Tenpin Bowling Club, Sydney Rangers Football Club, Freezone Volleyball Club, Australian Sailing And Cruising Club, Sydney Convicts Rugby, Tropical Fruits, the Sydney Homotones Gay and Lesbian Concert band and Come Out Australia, a social community organisation with branches throughout metropolitan Sydney, regional NSW, Brisbane, Adelaide, and Geelong, Melbourne gays, Rainbow Recovery for glbqti addicts and alkies, gay lifesavers, flight attendants and large group of gay and lesbian parents and their children; corporate organisations such as IBM, ANZ Bank, Salesforce and IKEA supporting their GLBT employees; The City of Sydney, NSW Police, Australian Defence Force, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, State Transit Authority, surf Life Saving Australia, NSW Fire Brigades, NSW Rural Fire Service, Sydney South West Area Health Service, Kirketon Road Centre and Nurses from RPA, St Vincents, Prince Of Wales And Concord Hospitals, Cronulla Gay Group’s lavish Ice Castle float; New Mardi Gras’ procession of planets throughout the Parade, climaxing with an elaborate starship at the Parade’s end; the Thunderbags are Go! Marching group; the Asian Marching Boys; the Newcastle Collaborations float, Pash'n Bonker; and Divas thru the Decades and shitloads of butch queens and scary dykes ...

how much diversity do you need for you to get over your insistence that NMG is only "flying gay sexuality in front of the faces of the entire country in a way that affirms what most straight people believe "gay" to be isn't fair on the rest of us", honest?

honest

honest said on the 10th Oct, 2008

Shayne, no need to be hostile mate :) I'm simply expressing my point of view as are you. Sometimes advocates of the MG parade simply cannot see the forest for the trees and the simple fact is most people living in this country (that is outside of Sydney city) do not understand what the parade represents and cannot understand why the State Government has offered funding towards it.

I appreciate your willingness to defend MG parade, but a large portion of straight Australia does not recognise the diversity you claim attends the parade, they see half naked women on motor bikes, young men in tiny shorts and wings strapped to their backs, men riding a giant penis, old men dressed as women and so on. Perhaps you feel comfortable for this to be a representation of you and your sexuality, but some of us do not.

Last weekend I was sitting in a cafe in Newtown with my partner when a woman pulled up in her car across the street. She got out wearing only a leather skirt and no top. There she stood for several minutes beside her car as she waited for someone. The people sitting in the cafe, which was full, were visibly shocked and one woman turned to her male counterpart proclaiming, "..that's disgusting has she no shame.." whilst another man said to his female partner, ".... gawd there's kids around here, what a stupid bitch.." . Someone else said, ".... I'm sick of these people flaunting themselves like that.." and the comments went on by other people in the cafe until this woman eventually got back into her car, oblivious to anyone around her, and drove away.

Take off your blinkers and face the reality mate :)

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 10th Oct, 2008

LOL, wasn't being hostile, just trying to point out that NMG entrants come in every shape, size, hue, tint, tone, ethnicity, fetish, ideology and interest you can imagine. If 'straight Australia' (or you) can only see 'half naked women on motor bikes, young men in tiny shorts and wings strapped to their backs, men riding a giant penis, old men dressed as women,' then I'd suggest those eyes are the ones that are blinkered.

honest

honest said on the 10th Oct, 2008

LOL okay Shayne of course you're right :rolleyes:

shaynesydney

shaynesydney said on the 10th Oct, 2008

Not sure why the amount of the sponsorship is a secret, if it ever was, but "On Monday the Herald published a letter incorrectly stating the Rees Government's proposed funding of Mardi Gras. The correct amount is around $400,000, not $3 million. The gay community expects more fact-checking from the only newspaper that they can usually expect not to beat up the community.

Danny Corvini Centennial Park" SMH Letters, 11/10/08
http://www.smh.com.au/letters/?page=fullpage#contentSwap1

Bren

Bren said on the 14th Oct, 2008



Well said, shayne. Totally agree.