Drag star Sandy Toggs is encouraging the gay and lesbian community to pack the picnic rug and plastic wine glasses and protest against the industrial relations reforms.

Unions NSW will be holding The Last Weekend, a family picnic to protest the Howard government’s proposed reforms, and Toggs wants to see a large queer contingent taking part.

Over the last three years the queer community has been fighting to have our families and communities recognised. Divisive laws like these workplace changes impact directly on our ability to spend time with our families and celebrate as a community, Toggs said.

Special guests at The Last Weekend include Corinne Grant, Tim Freedman, Kid Confucius, Astro Tabasco and The Hooley Dooleys.

Sandy is also making her opposition known at this year’s DIVAs by wearing flowers and buttons in support of the Unions NSW campaign.

Drag queens and kings lack many of the protections that all other workers may now lose. We tend to be private contractors, we’re employed by bars with regular work times and patterns and are not protected by workers compensation, Toggs told Sydney Star Observer.

When a fellow queen broke her arm on stage she had to keep performing in plaster to keep an income. We are a great example of how bad things are going to get, Toggs said.

The picnic will be held Sunday 7 August from 11am at Sydney Olympic Park, concluding at 2:30pm. Admission is free along with free public transport available to those travelling to Sydney Olympic Park.

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