Sydney’s gay and lesbian Mardi Gras is in full swing with the final conclusions to the festival this weekend broadcast on SBS. Among the 10,000 people marching will be GLBTIQ Aboriginal people from Across the country including the first Bunjalung Drag Queen Destiny Haz Arrived who will be performing with the Northern Territory’s own Pop Princess Jessica Mauboy.
Although hot on everyone’s lips is what protocols are in place for Mardi Gras when it comes to cultural appropriateness. Two Sistergirls from Central Australia have spoken out about the need for cultural protocol ahead of this year’s celebrations.
Brie Curtis and her sister Rosalina have spoken out about the annual festival urging committe members of the Mardi Gras to include cultural protocol and support for Sistergirls and Brotherboys.
Brie says that she always knew she was a Sistergirl. Ms. Curtis’ story is one which is incredible often those who come out on communities are shunned and turned away however, growing up she says she she was lucky as she wasn’t turned away, rather she was accepted by her family and friends straight away.
Although as the date for the Mardi Gras is closing in with the annual parade scheduled for this Saturday Ms. Curtis is urging the committee to think about cultural protocol and the inclusion of Brotherboys and Sistergirls within the annual festival.
She says that education is the key and that those on communities need to know there is support there for them when they feel like they need to talk to someone about their issues and not keep them bottled up inside.