A glittering explosion of LGBTQI pride, the iconic Mardi Gras Parade is the centerpiece of Sydney homosexual and sexually diverse community.
Thousands of spectators line up at Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, to watch the captivating extravaganza of lavish floats, satirical statements, spectacular costumes, amazing music and fabulous dancing.
Parents, children and families, the Australian Police Force, the Australian Federal Police, firefighters, State Emergency Services (SES), the Navy, the Army and the Air Force marching together under the same banner. Nurses, high school students political parties and hundreds of different institutions and groups will march side by side in a parade that is known all around the world.
This coming Saturday, 7th of March, Oxford Street will be taken by thousands of participants and people from all over the world to celebrate the Sydney, 37th Mardi Gras Parade.
PFLAG, one of the marching groups, stands for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.
PFLAG offers support to parents and families to cope with an adverse society. It advocates equal human rights for their children. It raises awareness, promoting and ending discrimination. It provides opportunities for dialogue about sexuality and gender identity and acts to create a society that respects human diversity.
PFLAG is about "Keeping Families Together".
As the Mardi Gras Parade is nearly here once again, I would like to share a video interview with a PFLAG family which was done last year.
At the time, SBS Channel approached PFLAG Sydney in search of a family with a gay son or lesbian daughter, and supportive parents and siblings, who were willing to be interviewed for a short video sharing their story, to be shown during the broadcast of the Mardi Gras Parade 2014.
Susana Moris, was born in Uruguay. She lives in Sydney since 1973 and has three Australian-born children, two of them WERE BORN GAY.
She has been a PFLAG member for many years and when asked, her and her children happily, but nervously, accepted the opportunity to tell their story.
With PFLAG, Susana hopes to help parents to understand that sexuality is NOT a CHOICE and that their gay children need their love and support more than ever.
This is a short video of her story: her unconditional love, acceptance and support for her children and their views on why PFLAG played such an important part in their lives.
Click here to watch the interview
For information contact:
Information Line: (02) 9294 1002
Susana Moris: (02) 8199 4751 (Español)