As we close another chapter in the history of the Sydney Mardi Gras, it’s exciting to look back on the changes that fuelled controversy and the future challenges that 2012 has brought us.
After experiencing this year’s season, I’ve noticed a key theme for Sydney Mardi Gras 2012 has been change and looking towards the future.
This could be something as simple as the Queer Film Festival’s tagline ‘Projecting The Future’ or something far more complex as the change from Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras to simply Sydney Mardi Gras.
And this year Sydney Mardi Gras was put back on the world map with a high level of execution and attention to detail, the party being the greatest example of the organisation truly trying to please everyone.
But the greatest discussions I had about Sydney Mardi Gras’ changes and its future took place on the day of the parade about where Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras was moving politically.
It was why I originally wanted to be a part of it all, to steer it to a more political future.
And with this year’s changes from inside SGLMG I’ve noticed, and I’m sure we all have, a large number of people who desperately and very loudly want Sydney Mardi Gras to change further and be a more positive reflection of our community and so much more.
And it could be, but that change doesn’t start by the board or the CEO or the men and women on the payroll. And they aren’t what makes up Sydney Mardi Gras.
You have to write an email, answer a survey, pick up a placard and volunteer because these people are listening and need you.
And that change, that evolution you want and could have in 2013 — it starts with you.