‘Love In Taylor Square’: Solidarity event for the LGBTQI community

The marriage equality debate has been a very stressful and difficult time for many people in the LGBTQI community, and until the result is announced, there will be continued negative commentary that will affect particularly young people and families. That’s why Amnesty International Australia is hosting a special solidarity sunset event Love in Taylor Square! this evening between 6.30pm-8pm.

The MC at the even will be Prof Kerryn Phelps, with speakers Alex Greenwich (Independent Member for Sydney), Gabe Kavanagh (President & Board Director, Amnesty International Australia), Lizzi Price (LGBTQI NSW Network Convenor, Amnesty International Australia) and Matt Howard (Rainbow Families).

This event is about communicating messages of love and solidarity to show young LGBTQI people they are loved, and to show rainbow families that they belong and are valued.

“The postal survey has been a hurtful and challenging experience for many LGBTQI Australians. ‘Love in Taylor Square’ is a chance to bring people together in a really positive way, a chance to show our support and solidarity with those impacted by this survey,” said Naomi Vaughan, Marriage Equality Campaign Coordinator at Amnesty International Australia.

“We want to make sure that all LGBTQI Australians know that they are loved, they are valued and that they have the support of so many people across Australia.”

Messages will be passed on to LGBTQI youth and community groups across the country.

What will be at the event?

  • Giant, colourful, glittered styrofoam letters LOVE (2.5metres high)

  • 2 x giant, colourful, glittered styrofoam love hearts

  • The solidarity station – where attendees write their messages of support on and decorate heart-shaped cards, to be displayed on the elevated grass area in the middle of Taylor Square in front of the giant LOVE sign

  • The ‘selfie station’ where attendees can pose in front of one of the giant hearts

  • As the sun sets, lights will shine on the display of hearts filling up Taylor Square

“There is still time to add your vote to the 11 million already collected. Amnesty International Australia holds marriage equality to be a human rights issue and we are so proud to be a part of the fight for marriage equality in Australia. We call on all Australians who believe in fairness, love, commitment and equality to say YES to marriage equality,” Naomi Vaughan said.