A couple of weeks ago I wrote to the Premier Gladys Berejiklian asking for a temporary relaxation of the Government’s lockout laws as a special gesture of goodwill to mark this year’s 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras celebrations.
I believe that such a gesture would have particular resonance with the LGBTIQ community, many members of which still hold raw memories of the terrible events which surrounded the first Mardi Gras in 1978. It would also be a particularly poignant gesture of reconciliation given the historic passing of Australia’s same-sex marriage legislation on 7 December 2017.
See below both the letter that I sent as well as the media release that went out. I will keep you updated as soon as I receive a response from the Premier’s office.