Freedom 2 b[e] will be marching for the fifth time in the Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, the world’s most renowned pride event on the Australian LGBT calendar.
Please read below for details about this year’s theme.
The number we can have in our group is limited. So if you are thinking about joining us this year register your interest now. Don’t leave it till the last minute or you could miss out. You will be notified about method of payment and details of the weekend soon.
Date: Saturday 5th March 2011
Cost: There are three choices:
$50 for normal registration
$60 for normal registration that includes $10 donation to Freedom 2 b[e] (which will be used to assist those who want to march who may need financial assistance)
$30 for student or concession
Ticket prices cover registration, T-shirts and other materials. There will be no refunds after the February 18th cutoff.
Dress: Group Shirt (compulsory to carry continuity of this year’s theme), blue jeans or shorts.
Choreography: Don’t panic….you just need to be able to walk the 3km.
Important: Weekend Program for all marching with us this year.
If you are joining us from overseas or interstate, here is a general idea of what the weekend will look like so you can plan your itinerary accordingly.
Friday March 4 2011
7pm - Special Freedom 2 b[e] meeting and BBQ - Picking up of T-Shirts and meeting other attendees who are marching. A small cost of $10 to cover venue hire and catering will be collected on the night. (Details of this meeting to follow soon).
Saturday March 5 2011
4pm - Freedom 2 B[e] Mardi Gras 2011 attendees assemble at a meeting point and prepare to move into the parade marshalling area. (Location to follow soon).
5pm - Freedom 2 B[e] Mardi Gras 2011 attendees move into the marshalling area and prepare to march.
8pm - Mardi Gras Parade begins.
After the Parade - The group will head down to Bar Cleveland for a chillout drink.
Freedom 2 b[e] Mardi Gras 2011
For many LGBT people, taking the step of accepting their sexuality is a big one, but for those who have come from a religious background, accepting who they are often contradicts beliefs they have had all their lives. When admitting their same-sex orientation to family or friends in church, they often face rejection which causes a division to form in their lives of faith verses sexuality, and the struggle to find freedom from this conflict can be torturous and traumatic. If you have found this freedom and want others to know they can to.....then march with us.
In 2011, Freedom 2 b[e] (a network of LGBT people from Christian backgrounds) will celebrate those who have found freedom from damaging and outdated beliefs. Beliefs that said homosexuality was a sin, sickness or the result of a dysfunctional family upbringing. We are no longer victims of our own or others ignorance.
We invite all those who have reconciled their faith with their sexuality to join Freedom 2 b[e] this year in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. Family members and friends are welcome to join us in support.
Marching in the Mardi Gras parade is often an empowering experience and an opportunity to put to rest the ‘demons’ of the past by publicly declaring that we are out, proud and love being who we are; lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Our message is a positive one; celebrating our journeys to resolution and self-acceptance. By marching together we also send a positive message to people who are still locked in a prison of ignorance or self-hatred. Accepting our sexuality, coming out in a supportive environment and embracing who we are sets us free. We encourage each other and others to Find Freedom.
If you have any concerns or questions about the importance of participating in the parade, then these articles may be helpful.
In order to meet the requirements of the Mardi Gras organisation so the logistics of the 8,000 strong parade can be finalised……and in order for Freedom 2 b[e] to organise t-shirts and other articles for every participant, all registrations must be in by Friday 18 February 2011. DON’T PUT IT OFF OR YOU’LL MISS OUT. Thanks for your help.
Photos of 2007: http://avb7.multiply.com/photos/album/1
Photos of 2008: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=8803252341
Video of 2010: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oddb0kzEuA