What’s that you hear? ‘Woof woof’ barks a dog looking dashing in a rainbow collar. ‘Testing one, two, three’ says someone onstage. ‘Bang bang bang’ goes the hammer as tents are hoisted up.
That’s the sound of busy stall holders and punters getting their stalls vibrant, loud and colourful for Sydney’s Fair Day - a wonderful LGBTI Mardi Gras community event set amidst the grounds of Victoria Park.
This year Safe Schools Coalition NSW’s theme was ‘Drumming Out Homo and Transphobia’. We had prime position. Barking in front of us were the queer show dogs of Doggywood, and behind us the grand stage showing off all the talent you could ask for. We invited supporters and their friends to write messages of support and encouragement to “drum out homo/transphobia.”
We were inundated with wonderful messages from the young to the old and the young at heart. Teachers, students, parents, kids and even Aussie singer and actor Paul Capsis cued to write messages of support and expressions of hard times felt at school. We handed out boxes of apples, to keep the doctors away. It was a wonderful day and people gave their time to share their messages.
Thank you to all who shared their personal experiences with us, so we can make our schools safer.