Wear it Purple this Friday

Just a reminder that this Friday 31 August is Wear it Purple Day, created to empower young LGBT people.

http://wearitpurple.org/wear-it-purple-day/

The City of Sydney council is hosting an event in Hyde Park for LGBT Emergency Services personnel, and LWP are invited to swing on down.  The event goes from 11am until about 3pm, but the formalities are from noon until 2pm, and (we're told) lunch is provided, probably 12.30pm to 1.30pm.  If you are in town, swing on down and say hi, and bring your lifesaving cap to show your support.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Gary, Dom, Tracey and the committee


2018 Wear it Purple Day Event

Well the patrolling season is getting closer again, so things are warming up.

The City of Sydney is hosting an event in Hyde Park on Friday, 31 August for all LGBT Emergency Services personnel, as the headline for their Wear it Purple celebrations.  So if you are in the city, swing on down to Hyde Park South corner Park and Elizabeth Streets, for lunch and to introduce yourselves to the lovely firies, ambos and cops who will be there as well.  If you have your uniform, that's great; anything purple would be good too; and if not then no worries, just come along and show your support for the best LGBT Emergency Service provider in NSW, the lifesavers.

Hope to see you there.

Gary and the Committee


2018 SLSNSW State Conference

Hey,

LWP spoke today at the SLSNSW conference.  We had two sessions, one on inclusion and diversity, and one on thoughts and ideas, where we got the word out about an inclusive, progressive and welcoming lifesaving culture.  We received a lot of positive feedback from staff and members, at state, branch and club levels alike.  We also chatted with representatives from Queensland, Tasmania, Northern Territory, and Victoria who have also asked us to speak at their state conference too.

It’s great to see such progress.  Everyone should feel proud of the work we are doing.

Gary, Bastien, Mick and the committee

   


LWP at 2018 SLSNSW Conference

Hey All,

LWP are super excited to be presenting for the first time ever at the SLSNSW State Conference this weekend.  We’re teaming up in a session on diversity and inclusion.  If you are heading along, look out for us after lunch on Saturday.

Check the link here for details.

https://www.surflifesaving.com.au/events/2018-slsnsw-state-conference

Gary and the committee


2018 Wear it Purple Photoshoot

Hey all,

Quick post in the off season,

NSW Police have invited SLSNSW to participate in the Emergency Services, Wear it Purple day to celebrate LGBT inclusion amongst all the emergency services and raise awareness of youth LGBT suicide and bullying.

There is a photoshoot planned for next Tuesday 9am in Centennial Park, uniforms required (no need to bring swimmers, far too cold).

Then following that on Wear it Purple Day Friday 31 August, NSW Police Sydney Metro Region and City of Sydney council will be hosting an event in Hyde Park, either in lifesaving uniform or wearing purple.  Details to follow on the time for this.  Again this will be to promote prevention of homophobic and transphobic bullying and violence and the impact on young people.

Hope to see you there.  See the 2014 photoshoot below.


2018 End of Season

A huge thanks to Mike for his amazing work putting the video together for 2018.  This is by far the best video we’ve had.  We will produce hard copies for those who ask, so message back if you would like a hardcopy.

Thanks to everyone who came to our video night, it was great to see so many people enjoying themselves.  And thanks to our four new committee members who’ve joined us for a fun year ahead.  We are considering feedback from this season, and already have some great ideas for 2019.  This includes introducing nippers into the float, so if you have any youngsters, put thought into registering with them.  Details to come, and yes there’ll be plenty of warning for registrations.

Well enjoy the days away from the beach over winter and keep an eye out, when it warms up, for next season’s details.

In the meantime, enjoy the video.  It’s lot of fun.  It’s also posted to the new website too under events.

Gary and the committee, now including Holly (Tama), Michele (Garie), Tracy (Coogee) and Dom (N Bondi)


2018 Live Stream

Hey,

Here’s the live stream of the parade from SBS.  There is no commentary and the overlap of music between floats is messy but you get the idea.  Lifesavers with Pride come in at about 117 minutes, and we go for a minute or two.  Each time you think they’ve moved onto the next float, they keep coming back to us.

Also, the committee want to really thank our sponsors this year.

Thanks to Rival for providing us with our swimwear.  They generously provided all our swimwear for the parade, so that we all look great on camera.  Be sure to wear them out and about on the beaches.

Thanks too to Balance water who kept us hydrated throughout the rehearsals, Fair Day and the parade.  Be sure to spread the word.

And thanks to our helpers,

Brenton Parry Photography who did the work on our new banner

Skylight Productions for their great work on the Audio Visuals on our truck

Andy Wilson for the music loop

and, Drew Lambert for his help on the media rehearsal

Plus the lovely Bev Ferguson for all her work at her sewing machine making up all the coloured flags, after making the white ones for us a few years ago.

Its only with the help of our people and volunteers supporting us, and sponsors providing us with their generosity that we can put on such a great performance every year.

Gary and the Committee


Recognition of LGBT Role Models

How much fun was last Saturday night?  Only 12 years ago Surf Life Savers were marching for the first time with a reluctant organisation allowing us to march in our first ever parade.  And only a week ago, the CEO of Surf Life Saving Australia Melissa King called us to wish us luck, the first time the CEO has ever contacted us directly, and the CEO of Surf Life Saving New South Wales came to our rehearsal to wish us luck, and followed that up by actually joining us in the parade.  It’s only through the likes of committed individuals that we’ve got this far.

Diversity in Sport is a national organisation that promotes LGBT within Australia’s sporting organisations, and LWP has been working with them of late to ensure that Surf Life Saving takes a more inclusive and diverse positions with its members.  They also produce Pride Inclusion Programs, and run the Pride in Sport Diversity Index (which LWP is still trying to get SLSA to participate in).  Within this are the annual Individual awards for Role Models for the LGBT community.

The following categories are open for nomination for the calendar year 2017;

  • Ally Award
  • Community Sporting Group Award
  • Inclusion Initiative Award
  • Coach Award
  • Out Role Model Award, and
  • Small Club Award
It’s invaluable that we acknowledge the commitment and dedication of our role models, no matter what their sexuality, to demonstrate to our newer members that we truly value a diverse and inclusive organisation.  If you know anyone suitable for nominating both current or former members of the lifesaving community, feel free to get in touch with the committee, or even nominate them yourself.

http://www.prideindiversity.com.au/PSI/

Applications should be submitted by next Friday 16 March

Gary and the Committee


Post Recovery Blues

Well you’ve probably already started finding glitter in strange places.  There’s a week or two of that to go.

Thanks everyone for contributing to such a great night on Saturday.  We had such a huge response from everyone.  The float went off without a hitch, with 80 fantastic lifesavers telling the world that Life Saving in Australia is for everyone regardless of your sexuality.

But for now, just glow in the joy of  Saturday night’s fun, energy and excitement.  Only 364 days to go to next year.

A big thank you has to go to the committee who work tirelessly, by going to the pub a lot, joking on messenger a lot, paying each other out at every opportunity, taking plenty of boomerang pics of ourselves and just being at the beach whenever they can, all while putting together such a great entry. Thanks to;

  • Nick for his role of treasurer and his mum for endless hours of sewing our flags
  • Grant as treasurer, telling me to spend less money
  • Wayne managing the logistics of getting a generator that actually works, and sound and lights when our supplier goes out of business with no notice
  • Andrew for arranging all things rehearsal, such as the room/courtyard hire and the song loop
  • Mick Boland for dealing with everyone who decided they changed swimwear sizes at the last minute
  • Orlando for the rego process and chasing up waiting lists and payment issues
  • Mike Barley for dealing with Fair Day mayhem, and helping logistics on the parade
  • David for arranging the post parade bash, more so when the first venue cancelled two days out
  • Karen for all our social media comms
  • Bastien for our media work, getting the great SMH article out there
plus our key helpers,
  • Bravo for making lifesavers who excel at lifesaving appear to be talented dancers too,
  • Mike for not filming us when we look stupid, and
  • Justin for pictures carefully edited to exclude when we forget to suck our stomachs in.

Anyone who wants to help us as a committee next year, feel free to get in touch with any of the above, or me, Gary at lifesaverswithpride@gmail.com or through messenger.  We’re going to have a casual parade debrief in a week or two, so swing along and say hi, no obligations.

In the meantime, put your feet up and breath easy, and reintroduce yourself to carbs.

Gary



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