Over the course of the Mardi Gras rehearsals, Lifesavers with Pride were visited by a number of Members of Parliament, both State and Federal, and from across the political spectrum.
NSW State MP for Sydney Alex Greenwich visited us to wish us well in the parade, telling us about his initial involvement with the establishment of Lifesavers with Pride. He also mentioned that our choreography was far more complex than his parade entry, where he and City of Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore sit and wave to the crowds.
Federal Member for Wentworth, Dave Sharma MP came down to rehearsals at Tamarama SLSC as well and wished us well for the parade. He spoke about his commitment to the LGBTIQ cause and his passion of advancing this in the federal parliament. He also brought his young daughter along, who knew far more about our song track, and the artist than he did.
And the Federal Member for Kingsford Smith, Matt Thistlethwaite MP visited us before the Parade, at our final rehearsal in Moore Park. Matt is the former Club Captian of Maroubra SLSC, and is chair of the Parliamentary Friends of Surf Life Saving, so he was very keen to show his support for Lifesavers with Pride and the work that we do in creating a more inclusive and proud surf life saving culture.