Midsumma Festival

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — As the Victorian Greens LGBTI spokesperson I attended a number of events as part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival. I joined Greens federal and state MPs, local government councillors and members and supporters at the Queer Greens stall on festival day chatting to the public about our efforts to progress equality in Victoria. I also attended another uplifting Pride March in St Kilda.

 

Thanks to Dolly Diamond for having me as a panellist on her fantastic Blankety Blanks show, along with Anthony Callea, Callum Francis and Toby Francis from Kinky Boots, The Sparrow Men and Super Girly at Chapel Off Chapel. Well done to all contestants; it was a really 'blank' night.

A particular highlight was hosting the Queer Greens Victoria's Many Colours of the Rainbow panel event at Chapel Off Chapel, where I was joined by Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, Budi Sudarto, Dr Judy Tang and Imam Nur Warsame to discuss how to better support LGBTI people from multicultural and multifaith backgrounds to ensure their voice is heard in the equality debate. Attendees gained so much insight from this informative and lively discussion, and it was a pleasure to host the event.

I attended Temple Beth Israel's (TBI) annual pride Shabbat service in St Kilda East, which welcomed, celebrated and affirmed Jewish LGBTI members of the community. TBI also marched in Pride March for the first time this year, along with a number of other Jewish groups.