Huge turnout at Rally for Marriage Equality
BRISBANE: A record crowd turned out in Brisbane’s CBD this afternoon, bringing the city centre to a standstill in support of marriage equality.
Entertained by emcees Dakota Fann’ee and Chad St James, who manifested as a giant wedding cake, the crowd of LGBTI protesters and straight supporters met at Queens Park to be addressed by Brisbane Pride Festival’s Deeje Hancock, Mark Morein from Healthy Communities, family lawyer Stephen Page, vocalist Jules Woo and federal Labor MP Graham Perrett.
A special message of support from PFLAG’s Shelley Argent was read out, and pop star Ricki-Lee spoke to protesters via a pre-recorded message.
Protesters then marched through the streets of Brisbane, doing a circuit of the city before returning to Queens Park.
Organisers thanked the crowd for being the biggest and brightest ever and predicted an even bigger turn out for the next Rally for Marriage Equality, which is at 1pm on Sunday, November 25, and also at Queens Park.
Visit the Queensland Pride Gallery here for images of the rally.