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AASW marches in Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in 2022

Published: 3 March 2022

The Australian Association of Social Workers will be marching in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this Saturday, 5 March 2022.

In recognition of our proud history of supporting LGBTIQA+ rights, and our recent advocacy against the failed Religious Discrimination Bill in its current form, it is important that we show support.

AASW NSW Branch President Jack Whitney said, “We saw more harm than good in that Bill and we are glad it wasn’t presented to the Senate and therefore won’t be legislated in this term of Parliament. If the next Parliament consults on a similar Bill, we will examine it closely, but we will make submissions rejecting any proposed legislation that we can see harms the LGBTIQA+ community.

“That’s why we are at Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras this year. We know as social workers how much good comes from celebrating equality and diversity so that people can flourish and thrive. The right and the fight not to be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity is not over, as recent debates show.

“We all have a role in taking a stand against discrimination that still needlessly faces the LGBTIQA+ community. Affirming celebrations such as Mardi Gras brings communities together, creates understanding and leads to better health, wellbeing and social connectedness.”

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras takes place from Saturday, 5 March 2022 at 7.30pm at Sydney Cricket Ground. You can watch the live coverage on the ABC. Look out for the AASW float.


Jack Whitney is a social worker and AASW NSW Branch President and Chair of the Gay and Lesbian Rights Lobby. He will be leading the AASW float on Saturday evening.

To interview Jack Whitney, please contact Angela Yin on 03 9320 1005

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers