Friday, February 13, 2015

Pride 2

Wrapping up photos of this year's Pride March.

The Sex Party. It is a proper political party that is not just about sex. Needless to say, it is very progressive.


Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, an institution.


Photographer catching the moment score, 0. Yellow Kitties, an Asian lesbian group.


Minus 18, a gay and lesbian youth group.


Three secondary schools are regulars at Pride March, Bentleigh, Eltham and Princes Hill. McKinnon has joined in previous marches. Maybe I just missed them.



Playing to the camera.


Our new local politician, Greens Party Sam Hibbins, MLA for Prahran.


Advertising a bar I think. I am so out of touch.


I think these are a group of gay water polo players.


A gay swimming group, The Glamourhead Sharks.


Motoring in comfort.


The Rainbow Band.


Performing Older Women's Circus.


Gay Jewish group, Aleph

Jewish lesbian group.


And with that the 20th annual Pride March closed. Many people fall in behind the marchers and walk down to the after party at Catani Gardens. We joined the mass.


Some high spirits on the top balcony of the Prince of Wales Hotel.


We caught up with a couple of people for a chat in the gardens. Our friends soon drifted off home and we walked with our Hairdresser Friend towards her nearby flat with the intention of getting near to home on the number 12 tram, but there were plenty of taxis around, so we grabbed one.



20 comments:

  1. Andrew interesting parade. And I think Australian society is very tolerant.. In my opinion it is great quality..

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    1. Gosia, it is in the big cities, but less so in the countryside. Slowly the countryside changes too.

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  2. Love the groups' names :)

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    1. Hels, gays are known to be quite inventive with names.

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    1. Indeed it was Diane. I know they have a large parade in New Orleans, but I don't what it celebrates.

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  4. I'm surprised the Rainbow Band aren't wearing rainbow shirts! I like the rainbow umbrella in the next photo.

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    1. Good point River. It used to mean something if you carried a rainbow umbrella, but not now.

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  5. What stood out for me is the fact the some schools are represented. How far we have come! Can you imagine doing that 40 years ago? Even in my own little life, to be living peacefully in a small, Scottish village with my partner and being totally respected and included in village life. We live in much more enlightened times. There is till work to be done, but such progress has been made. But I think it's the small things which change the attitudes of society. School kids being open about who they are, gay couples hanging out their undies in a village garden. We're pretty much all the same.

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    1. Craig, I wrote quite a long response but where is it? How the world has changed in our lifetimes. Technology has been amazing and the changes in society generally very good.

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  6. Hello Andrew,

    How very different all of this is, in a very good way, from what we see here in Budapest. So colourful and so many different groups represented. Exactly as it should be, with anyone and everyone joining in afterwards. Perfect!

    In Budapest police patrol the marchers....one year, in riot gear! The public are kept well back with adjacent streets closed to them and to traffic. A sad number of people take part.......no fancy dress, no colour, just the odd rainbow flag. It is another country.....

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    1. JayLa, I recall you describing the march in Budapest. To add, our younger friend who travelled with us and hoped to meet up with some locals found them quite nervous and afraid, too much so. But things will change in time.

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  7. I bet there is a lot of excitement getting ready for the parade by those who go in it, plus the people who are watching. It looks nice.

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    1. Yes WA. They assemble in a park beforehand, some have a barbeque and drinks.

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  8. Australia does seem quite tolerant and also from the blogs I read very supportive of the arts. I think your country seems, from my distant vantage point, full of quite beautiful people.

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    1. Strayer, there is a lot to like but we have problems too, some quite deep and serious.

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  9. It doesn't have the glitz or profile of Sydney but I do like the more modest, community-oriented feel of our pride march. The school groups, Vic police and the PFLAG are always highlights for me. Alas, I took too much notice of the weather report and didn't go this year.

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    1. Manana Ad Rad, always manana.

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  10. Well that's a very widespread cross-section of the community Andrew.. Good stuff!

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    1. Thank you my most delightful friend.

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