Mardi Gras 2012. 3 weeks and counting.

Remember what it was like as a child waiting for your birthday. The butterflies, the endless days staring at the calendar, the sleepless night before hand. Well get set because Gay Christmas here in Australia is only 3 weeks away and the butterflies, crazy gym routines and sleepless nights are about to set it. Yes it’s that time of year again.

Summer it seems always ends in the great climax that is the Sydney Mardi Gras. I had planned a low key Mardi Gras this year, but as it turns out there is no such thing. Kylie is going to be in town and I am hoping that she will perform at the Party as I have never seen her in concert before. I am also going to march with a mate of mine with the Life Savers with Pride again this year and it promises to be an amazing night.

Aside from the usual MG debauchery I am keen to catch up with a lot of the friends that I have missed since moving back. I have not had the time to get to Sydney as much as I would have hoped over the last year and I need to catch up on all the gossip.

At this time of year there is always a lot of speculation of the relevance of the MG parade. Everybody it seems has a slightly different view. But what ever you think it’s gonna be one hell of a party.

There has already been controversy this year over the Boards decision to drop the “Gay and Lesbian” from the MG name and just call it The Sydney Mardi Gras. A lot of people think that it is failing to pay homage to it’s routes and first marchers who began the parade not as a party but as a Gay rights protest.

It is a contradiction that as we demand more and more recognition of our rights, and as our community becomes more and more integrated with the mainstream that we still hold to the idea of being separate. It is and identity crisis that will play out over many years to come I believe. Finding the balance between our cultural heritage and desire for equality will be a big question for our community over the next decade.