Thousands of supporters of marriage equality will be gathering in Hyde Park North on Saturday from midday to listen to a range of speakers before marching to the ALP National Conference at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darling Harbour at 12.50pm.

The event will open with an acknowledgement of country by indigenous academic Larissa Behrendt who will be followed by Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras chair Pete Urmson and Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon.

The rally will then hear from gay refugees Clary and Walter, Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and activist norrie mAy-welby before leaving Hyde Park to march to the conference.

Each speaker will be limited to five minutes to ensure the event runs smoothly.

Arriving at Darling Harbour shortly after 1pm, the crowd will hear from Equal Love Melbourne convenor Ali Hogg, Australian Marriage Equality national convenor Alex Greenwich, the former Australian Medical Association chief Dr Kerryn Phelps, and PFLAG Australia national spokeswoman Shelley Argent.

Labor movement speakers at the rally will include the NSW Secretary of the pro-marriage equality Australian Services Union, Sally McManus, Rainbow Labor’s Senator Louise Pratt and the Member for Port Adelaide, Mark Butler.

The event will be closed by Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH) co-convenors Cat Rose and Ben Cooper.

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