At the 2020 Mardi Gras AGM, there are eight special resolutions and nine ordinary resolutions. There are nine ordinary resolutions, numbers 2–8 are proposed by us and we encourage all members and supporters of Pride in Protest to Vote Yes. The eight special resolutions are changes to the Constitution primarily proposed by the Board, with a few proposed by individual members. Pride in Protest are voting NO on all Constitutional Amendments put forward at the 2020 Mardi Gras AGM. Here’s why.

Special Resolution #1 Housekeeping (proposed by the Board)

Voting NO

Hidden in the changes to the Constitution contained in this resolution is the removal of the one month grace period after a member’s renewal date in which they still retain the rights of a member. …

Each year, members of Mardi Gras have the opportunity to vote on motions at the AGM. This year, Pride in Protest has submitted these eight motions

I move that the NSW Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Police Association, and any other associated organisations, be barred from having floats in the 2020 Mardi Gras Parade and all future parades.

This is in recognition of the immense violence perpetrated by the police and corrective services towards First Nations communities who are over-policed and over-incarcerated, particularly LGBTQIA+ First Nations people who do not feel safe and are excluded as a result of police and corrective service’s participation in the parade. …

To the Board of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras,

Amongst the global upheaval of 2020, Black Lives Matter protests, both here in Australia and in the USA, have shone a light on police brutality and deaths in custody.

As Mardi Gras season approaches, we the undersigned fervently hope that our internationally celebrated pride parade will be able to proceed, but we ask that the board reconsider the participation of the police and corrective services, in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

First Nations people are the most incarcerated people in the world, and many have died due to the actions of police without any discipline undertaken against the people involved. Over 440 Black deaths in custody have occurred since the Royal Commission in 1991, including Veronica Baxter, a Sistergirl who died in a cell just 3 days after the 2009 Mardi Gras, and David Dungay Jr, whose family are currently leading Black Lives Matter protests in Sydney. …

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It’s been over 40 years since Mardi Gras began as a riot: our queer rights protest movement has since decriminalised sodomy, allowed for child adoption, put PrEP on the PBS, decriminalised sex work in NSW, washed away the gay and trans panic defence, and in 2017 we won a massive victory with almost 8 million people voting in favour of marriage equality.

But Pride in Protest knows that the time for protest is not over. Brutal attacks continue on trans and non-binary people with the cuts to Safe Schools; queer people seeking refuge in Australia after fleeing from countries where they face persecution for being queer, are locked in offshore torture camps indefinitely by the Australian government, in countries where it is also illegal to be queer and where queer-bashing is common; the Liberals have proposed a ridiculous ‘religious freedom bill’ to discriminate against queer people; meanwhile queer people still experience high rates of depression, homelessness, danger from incarceration, and suicide. …


Pride In Protest

Pride in Protest is a Sydney-based collective of activists who campaign for social justice and recently won a position on the Sydney Mardi Gras Board

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