Beech­worth takes di­ver­sity walk

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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.

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