Beechworth takes diversity walk
BEECHWORTH and North East people will have an opportunity to walk again to celebrate diversity on October 8.
Beechworth artist Tania Sutton, who last year worked with Peggy Leung Davidson to co-ordinate a walk in response to allegations of homophobia in the community, said in a social media post on Friday that she hoped the walk would demonstrate support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people.
“The organisers of this event believe that diversity includes sexuality, religious beliefs, race, disability (and) political views,” Ms Sutton wrote in the post.
“The diversity walk is not a same-sex marriage march.
“Regardless of what side of the fence people sit on in regards to the same-sex marriage debate, the reason we are walking in support of our LGBTI community is because we are aware that this debate is having a negative effect on the mental health of our LGBTI community members and we would like to extend our support to them.
“We acknowledge that people have views and the right to express views, but we ask if people can refrain from adding any negative commentary to what is intended as an action of peaceful support.”
The October 8 diversity walk will start in Ford Street, in front of Quercus Beechworth, at 11am.