Since being in Australia, I have roamed museums and historic monuments where I have learned much about Australia’s past. I attended Melbourne’s annual Midsumma Pride March where I got the opportunity to impact Australia’s future.
On what was supposed to be a dreary day, gray skies and thunderstorms, Mother Nature had a change of heart and St. Kilda was bathed in sunlight. The pleasant weather mirrored the cheerful, supportive, and prideful aura emitted from everyone participating in and attending the March.
Members of the Melbourne and Regional Victoria communities gathered on Fitzroy Street to celebrate and honor members of the LGBTI community. It was beautiful to see people of all races, job statuses, and sexual orientations gather to show respect and support for marriage equality. Flight crews, police forces, supermarkets, and churches were a few of the groups present.
Ten minutes after the March’s commencement, a radical group sat in the street in protest of the Midsumma Pride March. Derogatory remarks were spat at marchers and bystanders, while police worked to get the protesters under control. As they say, “The show must go on,” and so it did. Within five minutes, the event staff rerouted the parade around the hindrance and police escorted said hindrance off the street accompanied by a chorus of cheers and hollers from the crowd.
The March continued as planned and finished with a great celebration complete with Aussie sizzles, performances, and immense support for the LGBTI community.
The theme of this year’s event was marriage equality, and I can only hope that the politicians present will have a positive impact within the Australian government. As great as Australia is, it would be so much better if it abandoned its homophobia and embraced what so many other nations have already. Love is love.