FOLLOWING the success of last year’s Mardi Gras Parade float, the Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust is again recruiting participants for what is hoped to be another show-stopping spectacle promoting TIQ inclusion.

The 2013 Mardi Gras saw CRMT awarded a Gold Mardi Gras prize for their My Polynesian Love float. This year’s theme of FantasTIQ will highlight the importance of transgender, intersex and queer inclusion, both within the LGBTI community and across wider society. It will be produced in conjunction with Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras’s TIQ Working Group.

Spokesperson Kelly Glanney told the Star Observer the float will be based on an idea that members of CRMT’s creative team pitched last year during a Mardi Gras strategy session that eventually came to inform this year’s Kaleidoscope imagery by Peter Novotny.

“Each of us brings our own individual lustre to that amazing Kaleidoscope of creativity, colour and perpetual motion we call Mardi Gras,” Glanney said.

“It’s actually a fairly powerful metaphor for the LGBTIQ community itself in many ways – a reflection on the incredible strength and creativity which naturally flows from respecting and valuing difference in any healthy plural community.”

INFO: Contact Cam on 0400 090 108 to get involved.



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