Melbourne-based Catholic activists the Rainbow Sash Movement (RSM) have confirmed their intention to seek Communion from George Pell at Sydney’s St Mary’s Cathedral this May.

The group held their first Sydney meeting on Sunday afternoon, attracting a small but enthusiastic group of potential Sydney members to the gathering at ACON’s Surry Hills headquarters.

Citing a need for Sydney’s gay and lesbian community to avoid apathy over the activities of current Sydney Catholic archbishop, George Pell, the RSM has urged members of the community to get involved in a new Sydney branch of the movement.

Convenor of Sunday’s meeting, RSM vice-president Mic-hael Kelly (pictured), said he was optimistic about the future of a Sydney-based wing of the movement.

I’m happy about the way this meeting went and it proved to be a useful way for us to gauge the interest of gay men and lesbians in Sydney in what the Sash Movement is trying to achieve, Kelly told Sydney Star Observer.

It is now important for us to get the word out that we will be fronting up to St Mary’s Cathedral on Pentecost Sun-day on 19 May to take our rightful place in the congregation, but we do still need more people to join us in the action.

Kelly encouraged those interested in the new Sydney wing of the RSM and the St Mary’s action to contact the RSM via email to [email protected] .au or through the website at

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