Sydney’s polyamorous community claims it has resolved a conflict with organisers of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras over its Parade entry.
Polyamory Australia allege Mardi Gras organisers were initially resistant to allowing them to march in the parade as a ‘queer’ group, instead relegating them to a ‘supporter’ entry.
The group said as a result Mardi Gras put restrictions on the type of slogans they could display at the event.
“For many polyamorists, it was particularly offensive because the parade’s slogan is ‘infinite love for all’, and the logo is a pair of hearts arranged to form an infinity symbol,” Polyamory Australia said in a statement.
“Polyamorous groups worldwide have used similar symbology for decades.”
The issue became hotly debated on social media sites after initial conversations between Mardi Gras and Sydney’s polyamory group were disclosed on Facebook.
“Although the Sydney poly community is divided about whether polyamory is queer per se, most of last year’s poly float participants identify as LGBTIQ. Even poly heterosexuals believe they have issues in common with LGBTIQ people,” Polyamory Australia said.
Polyamory Australia representatives Nina Melksham and Mik Scheper met with three Mardi Gras officials on Saturday.
“Both parties felt it would be beneficial for the poly community and greater LGBTIQ community to engage in more dialogue, and become more aware of each other.”
The Star Observer has sought comment from Mardi Gras.