21st Pride March calls for Marriage Equality

Pride March_editorialNearly 5,000 people will march in the 21st Pride March in a historic event to call for marriage equality for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities along St Kilda’s Fitzroy Street this Sunday 31 January 2016.

For the first time, Pride March will be focused on a key issue impacting the LGBTI community. At the 21st Pride March, Australian Marriage Equality and Equal Love, who have both been forerunners in the fight for marriage equality will join forces to lead the Pride March.

Close to 170 organisations will walk in support of Pride March including the Premier of Victoria, City of Port Phillip, Dykes on Bikes, the Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Choir, the Rainbow Families Council of Victoria, the Victorian AIDS Council, Team Melbourne to name just a few. The groups marching represent a wide variety of organisations that support the community, provide services or contribute towards the fight for equality.

A number of straight allies will also join Pride March including members of Victoria Police, the Victorian State Emergency Service, players from the St Kilda Football Club and a range of other corporate and government organisations that support the LGBTI community.

The march starts at 2pm from the top of Fitzroy St and finishes at Catani Gardens, where food, entertainment and the celebration of diverse gender and sexuality in our community will continue throughout the day. Order of March is listed below!

For more information, visit: www.midsumma.org.au for details.

Image: Rainbow Flags at Pride March

2016 Pride March Order:

01: Dykes on Bikes Melbourne

02: Equal Love

02: Australian Marriage Equality

03: Victorian Premier and Cabinet

03: Rainbow Labor Victoria

04: City of Port Phillip

05: NAB

06: Australia Post

07: Swinburne

08: Coles

09: Jetstar Airways

10: AGL

11: GoGet Carshare

12: City of Melbourne Pipe Band

13: Victoria Police

14: Victorian Public Sector

15: Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Righs Commission

16: Bi Alliance Victoria

17: Manhunt

18: Mr Moto

19: Ambulance Victoria

20: CFA Pride. ( Country Fire Authority )

21: MFB

22: Victoria State Emergency Service

23: My Pet Warehouse

24: SEEK Limited

25: SHK Asia Pacific

26: Accor Hotels

27: ADF-N

28: Environment Protection Authority

29: ESTA 000

30: JOY 94.9

31: Border Pride Albury Wodonga (BPAW)

32: Ermha

33: Amnesty International LGBTIQ Victoria

34: AGMC Inc.

35: All Love is Equal

36: ALMA Australian Lesbian Medical Association

37: Annecto-the people network

38: ArciLesbica Australia – Italian women

39: ASECI

40: Diversity Group – Kildonan Unitingcare

41: Diversity Project/Diversity Group Shepparton

42: DTs Hotel

43: Freedom2b

44: FTM Shed Inc.

45: Gender help for Parents

46: Gippsland Pride/ Gippsland Rainbow Collective

47: GLBTIQA AA Melbourne part of AA Victoria

48: GLOBE

49: PFLAG Greater Shepparton

50: Goulburn Valley Pride Inc. Shepparton

51: Harm Reduction Victoria (HRV)

52: Jewish Lesbian Group of Vic

53: Jewish Pride

54: Just Drag

55: Launch Housing

56: LGBT Hindu Satsang of Melbourne

57: LGBTIQ Cosplayers

58: LGBTIQ Vegans – Social Group

59: Living Positive Victoria

60: Love Is Eternal

61: Matrix Guild of Victoria Inc

62: Melbourne Furry Community

63: Melbourne Gaymers

64: Melbourne Hartosexuals

65: Melbourne Inclusive Church

66: Metropolitan Community Church Melbourne

67: Order of Perpetual Indulgence – Adelaide

68: Peninsula Pride – headspace Frankston

69: Performing Older Women’s Circus

70: (spare)

71: PolyVic

72: Project Rockit

73: Queer Active

74: Quit Coal

75: Radical Women

76: Rainbow Families Council

77: Rainbow Families Inner South East

78: RhED

79: Sapien Army

80: Seahorse Victoria, Inc.

81: South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault

82: Spaced Out Inc

83: Switchboard Victoria

84: The Pinnacle Foundation

85: Transgender Victoria

86: Uniting Network Australia

87: VAC

88: VicBears

89: VIC-PAH, Victorian Pups and Handlers

90: Vintage Men Inc.

91: Vixen Collective

92: Well Proud

93: WestSide Derby Dollz

94: Yellow Kitties

95: Zumba

96: ANZ

97: Craig Evans Funerals

98: Diversity Expo

99: IKEA

100: Medibank

101: Mercer

102: SensWide Employment

103: Australian Sex Party & Fiona Patten MLC

104: LGPro

105: Queer Greens Victoria

106: Banyule City Council

107: City of Darebin

108: City of Greater Geelong

109: Hume City Council Youth Services

110: Maroondah City Council

111: Melton City Council

112: Melbourne Rainbow Band

113: Moreland City Council

114: Australian Equality Party

115: Black Apple Theatre

116: BonBOYage and Girls at Sea

117: Kong’s Kings

118: Les Rock

119: Miss Gay & Miss Transsexual Australia

120: ChillOut Festival

121: Gossip Sundays – Love Machine Nightclub

122: Melbourne Queer Film Festival

123: OUTintheOPEN Festival Shepparton

124: The Department of Agriculture and Water

125: Alice McTaggart

125: Bianca Saathoff

125: Carmen Martinez

125: Francine Steele

125: Genevieve Douglas-Byrnes

125: Hashomer Hatzair

125: Jackson St Clair

125: James Doherty

125: Karan Bector

125: Katie Goodman

125: Lauren Mason

125: Lisa Amato

125: Mabel Nicholson

125: Maree Loizou

125: Megan Pring

125: Myra Levitt-Campbell

125: Natasha Nolc

125: Neami National

125: Very Greer Impressive

125: Zac England

126: Team Melbourne

127: Frontrunners

128: Argonauts Rowing

129: Chargers Rugby

130: Surge Water Polo

131: Melbourne Spikers Volleyball

132: Vic Tennis

133: Glamourhead Aquatics Club

134: Wranglers – Wrestlers

135: 69ers ten Pin Bowling

136: Melbourne Motocycle Tourers

137: Bent Kranks Cycling

138: The Nomads Inc.

139: Motafrenz Car Club

140: Womens Eight Ball Association Inc

141: Berry Street

142: GLBT Disability Support Services

143: headspace

144: Hepburn Health Service

145: Inner South Community Health Service

146: Lifeview Residential Care

147: Merri Community Health Services

148: MOIRA

149: Quippings Disability is Desirable

150: Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus

151: Liberal Party

152: Australian Bar Association

153: Victorian Trades Hall Council

154: Lord Somers Camp and Power House

155: Minus18

156: Omnis Youth marching with SSCV

157: Scouts Victoria

158: YEAH (Youth Empowerment Against HIV/AIDS

159: Youth Support + Advocacy Service (YSAS)

160: Brighton Secondary College

161: Deakin Pride Queer Society

162: Deakin University

163: La Trobe University

164: Monash Student Association Queer Dep.

165: Monash University

166: Queer Health Student Network

167: RMIT University

168: The University of Melbourne

169: VU Pride

170: Midsumma Festival

Please note: Order of March is subject to change

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