Aboriginal LGBTQ Community To Lead Melbourne’s Pride March For The First Time

Aboriginal elders and leaders will march to highlight the faces and voices often forgotten in Australia’s dialogue around LGBTQ identities.

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Aboriginal elders and community members will lead Melbourne’s Pride March ( for the first time this year. Matthew Wade spoke to a couple of the marchers about visibility, intersectional discrimination, and being out and proud in the Aboriginal community.

As an out and proud Aboriginal queer woman Jessie Lloyd sees herself as a role model, though her sexuality hasn’t always been as public or visible.

“I grew up in the church, but as soon as I became an adult I made a very clear decision to live my life the way I wanted it to be,” she said.

Photo by Benson Kua [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons