People with Disability Australia (PWDA) are proud to be joining the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras (SGLMG) parade on Saturday 25 February as part of Sydney’s World Pride 2023. The national disability rights peak body are loud and proud with an 80-strong group of people with disability and supporters ready to participate.
“We’re excited to return to Oxford Street where our bodies, our lives and our rights will be front and centre!” said founding member, previous Board President and proud 78er, Dr David Abello.
“With all eyes on Sydney, we are thrilled to represent our community and its wonderful diversity at this world event on Saturday!” said PWDA CEO Mr Sebastian Zagarella.
“Show your support for all people with disability as we make our way up Oxford Street with family, friends and supporters. Look out for our oversized purple, yellow and blue Harley-Davidson trikes, our red megaphones and red umbrellas in the parade, and listen for the noise,” said Mr Zagarella.
“PWDA has spent over forty years fighting for the rights of people with disability and that includes the right to full autonomy over our own bodies and identities,” said PWDA President, Ms Nicole Lee.
“Join us as we celebrate our whole selves, unapologetically queer, unapologetically disabled!” said Ms Lee.
“LGBTQIA+ people with disability will continue to resist narratives that imply our disability somehow invalidates our sexuality or gender, as we defy homophobic and transphobic violence and abuse,” said Dr Abello.
“This Pride, we’re proud to showcase the vibrancy of people with disability in all our diverse shades of the LGBTQIA+ rainbow to the world!” he said.
People with Disability Australia Incorporated (PWDA) is a national disability rights and advocacy, non-profit, non-government organisation. We have a cross-disability focus, representing the interests of people with all kinds of disability and our membership is made up of people with disability and organisations mainly constituted by people with disability.