Our customers fly Pride flag at Mardi Gras for first time
Our customers, Michaela and Vitor, had a ball joining with Northcott to march for the sexuality rights of people with disability in last Saturday night’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade.
Northcott has been supporting customers to participate in the Mardi Gras Parade since 2014. This was the first year customers from Creativity Inc had the opportunity to take part with Northcott.
For Vitor and Michaela, who attended with her mother Victoria, it was a night to remember. Victoria and Michaela have watched the parade from the sideline for many years. This was their first time marching.
“For years we’ve been fighting for inclusion – as everybody from different walks of life do. This is a day where everyone can be whoever they want to be. I enjoy the atmosphere, the inclusiveness, and the accessibility.
“When I heard about the Northcott float, we jumped at the chance to join. I just knew Michaela would want to be included,” Victoria said on the night.
Andrew Cahill, Day Program Coordinator at Creativity Inc, was excited to bring Vitor and Michaela to the event. “It’s important to be able support our customers to participate in these types of events where they can express themselves, promote inclusion and champion their rights. I know that our staff and customers all had a ball!”
Andrew was joined at the event by Interim CEO, Liz Forsyth and Creativity Inc Support Worker, Oscar Rosenberg, as well as staff and customers from Northcott and float partner, People with Disability Australia.
The float, which received assistance from a Google Mardi Gras Parade Grant, featured six brightly coloured mannequins representing six important rights for people with disability: the right to make choices, the right to enjoy sex, the right to learn about sex, the right to be visible, the right to learn about our body and the right to be free from abuse.
Cassie, a Northcott customer from Tamworth who also attended, could not have summed up the theme of the 2020 Mardi Gras – #WhatMatters – any better.
“What matters to me is for everyone – no matter who they are or where they come from – to be included. Everyone is beautiful and as they say, love is love!”
“This is my second year. The first time I came with Northcott it was a fabulous experience. This year I’m hoping to get a lot more out of it, to see more and experience the fun. I wanted to bring [fellow Northcott Tamworth customer] Jessica because I wanted a group of people to share the experience with,” said Cassie.