After a long, bruising and divisive campaign, the results of the same sex marriage survey have been announced, with Australians overwhelmingly saying Yes to equality.
Yesterday’s final polls had the Yes vote in front. But in a post-Brexit, post-Trump world, nobody was prepared to put their faith in anything but the final result.
Yes, the survey was needless, and needlessly harmful.
Yes, it doesn’t mean same-sex marriage is legal.
And yes, right now the forces against marriage equality are mobilising to continue delaying any opportunity for real change.
But at the same time; yes. This is a win. It is meaningful, it is wonderful, and it’s worthy of celebration. Here’s where.
Official Sydney Results Announcement
The main pro same-sex marriage lobby group, The Equality Campaign, is hosting Sydney’s main event at Prince Alfred Park in Surry Hills until 1pm. A big screen showed the result, with performances to come from John Paul Young (he of the now-iconic Love is in the Air), Alfie Arcuri (winner of last year’s The Voice), and others. You’ll also hear Magda Szubanski, Ian Thorpe, Alex Greenwich, Kerryn Phelps, Lord Mayor Clover Moore, Christine Forster, Tiernan Brady, Janine Middleton and many others giving speeches. A selection of Sydney’s top food trucks will also move in for the occasion (but you’ll have to turn up to find out which ones).
The Landsdowne YASS! Party
Almost immediately after the official campaign gathering, the recently reborn Chippendale pub is hosting a “yes” party where all the wheels will come off. DJ Girlthing will be followed by a drag show from Australia’s original tribute lip-syncing group, The Magda Szubanskis.
Free “Celebration/Commiserations Cones” From Over the Moo
Vegan ice cream truck, Over The Moo, is setting up under the Martin Luther King “I have a dream” mural on King Street in Newtown. Coconut milk-based ice-cream will be handed out for free. In the past flavours have included vanilla bean; matcha; mango; and pandan pecan; as well as special ice-cream sundaes.
From 12pm until 6pm (or sold out).
Protest Festival March at Taylor Square
Join the festival march at Taylor Square at 6pm. It will make its way down Oxford Street, before finishing in a larger off-street area nearby. There will be multiple stages set up down Oxford Street in the evening with dancing encouraged in alcohol-free zones.
Performers include The House of Mince, Dungeon Events, Theatre du Zueer and Rabbit Prawn Kollective.
From 6pm until 11pm.
Heaps Gay’s Fourth Birthday in Marrickville
Timing their birthday celebrations just right, the LGBTIQ party people behind Heaps Gay are hosting an indoor and outdoor affair presented by FBi Radio. Tuck into Portuguese chicken and cake at what will be a preview of the many big gay wedding parties to come. Performances from GlamouRatz, Haiku Hands, Kween G, Clypso and Sheba Williams, among others. There will also be a Karaoke Closet with Sydney drag queen Aaron Manhattan.