For the first time in our short history as a state-wide organisation, Uniting Vic.Tas was an official participant in the 2020 Midsumma Pride March in Melbourne in February.
More than 80 Uniting employees, volunteers, consumers and supporters joined thousands of others in a celebration of love and diversity. People made the trip from as far away as Horsham and Shepparton to join the festivities. Together, we marched under the motto “Fear less, love more”.
Pride March spectators picked up the chant as we took to the streets of St Kilda. Our “Freedom from discrimination is not freedom to discriminate” banners referenced our concerns about the Religious Discrimination Bill, and were also well received.
“The spectacular act of unity on display was testament to the strength of Victoria’s LGBTIQ+ community,” says CEO Bronwyn Pike.
She explained that being at Midsumma was a show of solidarity with Uniting colleagues and consumers.
A demonstration that Uniting services and environments are safe spaces to all in the rainbow community.
Rowena Stewart, Uniting Vic.Tas Early Learning Co-ordinator in Horsham, says participating in the march filled her with love and hope for the future. “As a Uniting employee and member of the LGBTIQ+ community, I was made to feel welcome,” she says, referencing walking alongside a number of fellow Uniting employees from across the state.
“I felt so at ease, being able to walk down Fitzroy Street and to see the many thousand members from the community come to support the day.”