What a weekend -“ despite what seemed like a very, very slow beginning to the week.

If you are anything like me there are gaps in the memory, bruises that have magically appeared and a sense of pride that beams from within.

As the three weeks of festivities fade into the distance I am left wondering what to do next. As much as I would love to fly around the world going from pride march to pride march, I fear I do not have the funds or resources to do so, but gee, what a life that would be!

Instead I logged onto www.glrl.org.au/58 and sent a letter directly to Federal Attorney-General Robert McClelland demanding equality for same-sex couples and their children.

It only took me a few minutes and gave me a great feeling of achievement. It is something I recommend we all do. I know so far more than 500 of us have done exactly that.

Instead of logging on to Facebook, log on to this website and send your own letter. If we don’t stand up for our rights, we can hardly expect anyone else to. No matter what you may think, every letter helps our cause.

Anyway, back to the big one -“ parade and party.

I’ve been pondering what is going to happen to the Mardi Gras celebrations now that it has turned 30. We all know 30 is considered practically antique in gay years. Is it time for a mid-life crisis? Or is it time for Mardi Gras to retire gracefully like many a queen from the party scene? This is sure to be a hot topic of debate over the coming months.

I also wonder if, like many years before, there will be a community forum where we get together to select a path for the celebrations and protests of the future.

I certainly hope the community gets to debate this topic. As much as we love the old girl, it needs to evolve and stay relevant with the times. But it is up to us as a community to ensure this happens and offer our input.

Of course, we will need to wait until the PMGW have faded -“ the post-Mardi Gras withdrawals.

So, on that note, pass me another vodka, a mobile phone and the tanning lotion. I’ve got some serious recovery to do over the next 300-odd days until Mardi Gras next year.

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