Supporters of the Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group will celebrate the Group’s 30 year history in this Saturday’s Sydney Mardi Gras parade.

Organiser of the Tasmanian Mardi Gras contingent, Richard Hale, said,

“It’s wonderful to be celebrating 30 years of the TGLRG on the same time as Mardi Gras celebrates its 40th anniversary.”

“I hope that as LGBTIQ people and are supporters reflect on how far we have come, they will be inspired to keep campaigning for a more inclusive and equal society for everyone.”

The TGLRG was established in March 1988 and has played a pivotal role in reforms such as decriminalising homosexuality, the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Relationships Act, the recognition of LGBTIQ parenting and marriage equality.

The TGLRG’s entry in the official parade guide is copied below. Find attached a photo of Mark Davison, Richard Hale and Michael Roberts in the t’shirts they will be wearing on the night, together with about 40 other TGLRG supporters.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group – Celebrating 30 Years of Making Change …

The Tasmanian Gay & Lesbian Rights Group was formed 30 years ago in March 1988. It endured a baptism of fire only months later when 130 supporters of decriminalising homosexuality were arrested at Hobart’s Salamanca Market in what remains Australia’s largest act of LGBTIQ rights civil disobedience. The Group went on to achieve the decriminalisation of homosexuality and cross dressing, the nation’s best Anti-Discrimination Act, the nation’s first civil union scheme, the first state parliamentary support for marriage equality, and some of the best school and police LGBTIQ policies in the nation. In the postal survey Tasmania’s support for marriage equality was above the national average. The Group’s red and white theme references the red waratah flower which is NSW’s floral emblem and the white blue gum flower which is Tasmania’s, as well as lilies representing a 30th anniversary and nasturtiums representing a 40th.
Rodney Croome, just.equal