One of the key supporters of the community, outgoing Victoria Police Chief Commissioner, Christine Nixon will address this Sunday’s 14th annual Pride March.
It was announced this week that Nixon will lead the Victoria Police contingent in the march on February 1, and will address the crowd at the conclusion of the march in Catani Gardens around 6pm.
This will be one of the last few public appearances she will make before leaving her post at the end of March.
Pride March Victoria president, Brett Hayhoe said he was -œextraordinarily pleased the Chief Commissioner had agreed to speak.
-œThis gives our community the perfect opportunity to thank Christine Nixon for her leadership in fostering acceptance and tolerance in the Police Department, he said.
-œChristine Nixon really put herself on the line when she led the police contingent down Fitzroy Street in the Pride March in 2002. She copped a lot of flack at the time but set the tone for a new relationship between the police force and the gay and lesbian community. The force is now with her.
Nixon made history when she led Victoria Police in the 2002 Pride March.
Other speakers on Sunday will include the Deputy Premier, Attorney-General Rob Hulls and Port Phillip mayor Frank O’Connor. Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard will send a message of support.
This year the InterPride international theme is -œYour Rights Our Rights Human Rights.