It’s been a year of trials, tears and triumph for LGBTI families and their kids.
The marriage equality postal survey put rainbow families on the frontline of a divisive debate that ultimately ruled that yes, love does make a family.
That message will be stronger than ever at the 2018 Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade on Saturday March 3, with a surge of parents and kids rushing to join the Australian LGBTI community and its friends’ biggest night of celebration and protest.
Rainbow Families, a leading community and advocacy group for LGBTI parents and their children in NSW, the ACT and wider Australia, quickly filled up their allocated 150 spots – with a waiting list of 200 people hoping to get a chance to march in their “Love Makes a Family” t-shirts.
“Around a third of the people marching are kids, and that’s from a four-week-old baby coming along all the way up to teenagers,” Rainbow Families NSW coordinator Ashley Scott tells Mamamia.
“So, everyone on different stages of the journey [are] bringing their families along to celebrate.”
Ashley and his partner of 14 years, James, will march with their daughters Stella, six, and Pia, three.
“The kids love it – they think it’s a big party,” Ashley says. “They run up Oxford Street high-fiving everyone on the way and they have a great time.”