Senator Penny Wong will give the keynote address at the national Rainbow Labor Conference in Sydney, to be held over the weekend of June 16 – 17.
“We are thrilled to have Senator Wong agree to speak at our conference,” Australian Rainbow Labor Network co-convenor Neil Pharaoh said.
“Wong has been a great advocate for the LGBTI community within the Labor Party. Along with ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr, it was the Barr-Wong amendment that saw marriage equality enshrined in the ALP platform last year.”
Pharaoh said the conference was an opportunity for Rainbow Labor members to refocus efforts on marriage equality legislation before federal Parliament.
“Labor MP Stephen Jones’ marriage equality bill is now before Parliament,” Pharaoh said.
“As well as refocusing our efforts on marriage equality, this conference will bring together activists, community groups and MPs to discuss issues for the LGTBI community.”
Groups with speakers at the conference include the WA Gender Project, Organisation Intersex International (OII) Australia, Australian Marriage Equality, the NSW Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby, and ACON.
The conference will be held at the Tom Mann Theatre in Surry Hills. The conference is free and open to Rainbow Labor members and supporters but some sessions are open to ALP members only.