The Lord Mayor of Syd­ney, Clover Moore, 72, has long ad­vo­cated for the rights of ev­ery­one in her com­mu­nity

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Why has ad­vo­cat­ing for same-sex mar­riage rights been so im­por­tant to you? As Lord Mayor of Syd­ney for the last 13 years, and as an MP and in­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor, I have had the hon­our of rep­re­sent­ing my com­mu­nity at both a lo­cal and state level for a num­ber of decades. There are more LGBTQI peo­ple in the City of Syd­ney lo­cal area than in any other coun­cil in Aus­tralia and there­fore my sup­port of equal­ity is sim­ple – I am ad­vo­cat­ing for the rights of all in my com­mu­nity to be equal and free of dis­crim­i­na­tion. It has been a long bat­tle to achieve mar­riage equal­ity and the fight is far from over for our LGBTQI com­mu­nity.

How does it feel to be a role model for LGBTQI peo­ple?

I am quite sim­ply do­ing my job and rep­re­sent­ing our com­mu­nity – what the fed­eral govern­ment should have done in­stead of a harm­ful and ex­pen­sive postal sur­vey. It’s a job I’ve found very re­ward­ing and if I can play a role in en­cour­ag­ing more peo­ple to step into political and lead­er­ship roles then that’s some­thing that would make me very proud.

What would you say to any young Cosmo read­ers cur­rently deal­ing with com­ing out to their fam­ily and friends? You are loved and you are equal.

What are your hopes for the LGBTQI com­mu­nity in the next year?

I hope that those who wish to get mar­ried do so and that there is a lot of love in the air, just as John Paul Young sang at Prince Al­fred Park in Syd­ney on 15 Novem­ber! I also hope that 2018 is a year of re­cov­ery and rest for the LGBTQI com­mu­nity, who have been put through a truly dis­gust­ing or­deal once again.

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