Lifesavers with Pride marched in their 13th annual Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras last night. With a magnificent 125 strong team from New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Tasmania, Western Australia plus two international representatives (come to the party South Australia, you'll love it) we showed the LGBT community that Surf Life Saving is a progressive, welcoming and inclusive organisation. With a crowd estimated at 250,000, plus a live stream and a delayed national broadcast, we were able to get our message far and wide - that lifesaving embraces the LGBT community and that we will only truly be the icon that Australians see us, when we accurately reflect the community in which we operate - a diverse and stronger organisation.
Here are a few videos to whet your appetite while we put together the full video. At rehearsal, on the way, and in the parade. Or check out the live stream (when it is re-activated after the broadcast tonight)
And don't forget we'll send around a survey in the coming days so you can comment on the various aspects of the parade entry, be they good or bad (like Gary just talking too much).
In the meantime hold out for a date for our video night in the coming weeks, probably early April. And keep looking out for that mysterious glitter that keeps appearing at inopportune moments. Happy Mardi Gras guys, and party safe.