Gladstone breaking down the doors with LGBT pride event
BY A happy coincidence Gladstone was celebrating equality in its own way while Australia's first same-sex marriage law came into effect in Canberra.
Bright outfits, an attitude of acceptance and beaming smiles filled Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon for the Gladstone Pride Breaking Down the Door event, which was deemed a success by organisers.
PCYC youth worker Anna Witty said everyone had been supportive of the LGBT event, which had stalls, rides and entertainment.
Ms Witty said there was a mix of ages present and a friendly atmosphere.
There were a number of attendees who had made the special trip to Gladstone just for the event, including a contingent from Rockhampton.
Romanian man Adrian Goatr, who identifies as gay, moved to Rockhampton six months ago.
"I came here because of the discrimination in my country," he said.
Grateful for the acceptance shown in Australia, Mr Goatr said he was happy he could now be himself.
Former Gladstone man Dylan Carmichael, who organised a marriage equality march for the city last November, visited from Brisbane for the event and noted the importance of gay pride events.
"People need to see that they're not the only one," Mr Carmichael said.
"I'm so proud of this town.
"Changing the culture in regional Australia changes the culture of Australia as a whole.
"There's still a long way to go, until it's federal (law) it's not equal."
On Thursday the High Court will rule if the ACT's Marriage Equality Act, passed in October, is incompatible with federal statutes.
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