WEAR IT WITH PRIDE CAMPAIGN
CELEBRITIES Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Ruby Rose, Richard Reid, Dr Kerryn Phelps, Courtney Act, and Jess and Lisa Origliasso from The Veronicas have been recruited to a Federal Government campaign promoting same-sex law reform.
They are the first in a raft of celebrities, which will number 85 in all, who have put their hand up for the campaign, which will be launched in February and will promote the passing of 85 same-sex law reforms.
The AIDS Council of NSW (ACON) yesterday announced the celebrity line-up and said it is looking for more influential Australians – both celebrities and opinion leaders – to “come out of the closet” for the Wear It With Pride campaign.
“We are matching each of the identities with each of the 85 bits of legislation – some with parents’ rights, others superannuation, employee entitlements, privacy rights, tax and insurance. All the many relevant bits of legislation,” said ACON CEO Nick Parkhill.
ACON is Australia’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender health and HIV/AIDS organisation. The Government has allocated a budget of only $400,000 to spread the word, so ACON is relying on the generosity of stars with a gay following to help.
There has been no word from the Minogue sisters but sources say organisers are hopeful.
“It’s really positive as Australia takes a step towards increased equality, however there is a long way to go yet. Gay marriage has not yet been addressed,” Mr Parkhill said.