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Australian Prime Minister banned from attending Sydney Mardi Gras

2016-11-13
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been banned from attending Sydney Mardi Gras next year due to his views on marriage equality, Gay Star News reports. The Mardi Gras membership passed the motion to ban Turnbull during their annual general meeting. Car Rose from Sydney-based activist group Community Action Against Homophobia put forward the motion. She said, "We wanted to express our disgust at his Prime Minister as a community and to say that we don't need his phony friendship." "Turnbull hijacked the Mardi Gras parade this year. He was happy to come and get his media opportunity and spruik his supposedly pro-gay values but what has he given us since? He has been nothing but a conduit for homophobes wanting to derail marriage equality through a vindictive plebiscite." Parliament voted down the Prime Minister's plan to introduce marriage equality through an expensive and divisive plebiscite. Earlier this year Turnbull became the first sitting Prime Minister to attend Mardi Gras earlier this year, but it looks like he won't be going back. More stories: What will a Trump presidency mean for LGBT people? Lady Gaga isn’t taking Donald Trump’s election victory lying down