Mark McGowan to be first WA Premier to march in Pride Parade

Premier Mark McGowan will take the title of first WA Premier to march in the Pride Parade when he takes to the streets this year.

McGowan also joined in the celebrations as Opposition Leader, marching with Rainbow Labor WA last year.

The Premier says he is honoured to walk in unity with the LGBTIQ community.

“Having marched in the parade as Opposition Leader, I know it will be a fun and meaningful event and I’m looking forward to celebrate with other Western Australians,” McGowan said.

“Although our LGBTIQ community has a great deal to celebrate this year, I appreciate that it has also been a difficult year for many. As Premier, I want to make sure LGBTIQ people feel valued and hopefully create a more harmonious society for all Western Australians.”

“To me, PrideFEST is just all about celebrating the contribution LGBTIQ Western Australians make to our state and enjoying one of the biggest events on our cultural calendar. I’m sure it’ll be a great night.”

McGowan has been praised by WA LGBTIQ activists for his apology and action on expunging historical convictions for gay and bi men under now-obsolete laws, and promising to look into exemptions for religious schools which allow discrimination based on sexuality following the removal of a gay relief teacher from a Waikiki college.

The Pride Parade commences from 8pm on Saturday November 25 in Northbridge.

OIP Staff

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