‘EVERYBODY DESERVES TO BE EQUAL AND FREE OF DISCRIMINATION’
The Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, 72, has long advocated for the rights of everyone in her community
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.