Lifesavers with Pride are passionate about promoting Surf Life Saving as being inclusive, progressive and welcoming to the LGBTIQ community. Last night we went straight to that community in the worlds largest LGBTIQ celebratory street parade, as the Principal Float, and performed our routine to "One Kiss" by Dua Lipa, including a stop at Taylor Square where we preformed it through completely in front of her, the cameras, judges and other VIPs. 80 very enthusiastic lifesavers from every state across Australia made sure that the LGBTIQ community could see that we are proud of our inclusive position, with red and yellow hand held sequined semaphore flags, the boys in yellow swimwear and the girls in red, plus with six huge lifesaver towers, one in each colour of the rainbow, being pushed along amongst the marchers. We included our signature move, with several push-ups to get the crowd excited, some swimming moves, fun dance steps and finished with 'one kiss' a mouth to mouth lifesaving technique. Check out our media coverage here.
It was also great to have the SLSNSW CEO Steve Pearce and President George Shales join us to carry the flags at the front, showing that support comes right from the very top.
What a great night, which was hugely successful, a lot of fun, and a great way to demonstrate Surf Life Saving's inclusive position.