It’s been an excruciatingly tough time for the LGBTQI community throughout the entire marriage equality survey process, and even though it’s nearly at an end it’s still fixing to be an emotionally fraught time. Tomorrow morning, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will read the results of the survey out to the nation, and bring to an end the months of torrid speculation on the issue of granting LGBTQI people the right to marry the person they love.
While almost every poll on the issues indicates a positive outcome, there will still be a nervous wait for the results, which are mercifully set to be aired early in the day at 10am AEDST.
Large public gatherings are being organised by AME across major Australian cities to view the results live as they are broadcast, with public speakers and picnics and fun things planned nationwide regardless of the result.
Following that, massive street parties are set to take over large portions of both Sydney and Melbourne, with YES campaign organisers in Sydney scoring a last-minute accord with Police and the courts, paving the way for a planned event on Oxford Street.
Cop the vital details on the official results gatherings, and subsequent (fingers crossed) celebrations near you below.
Results Gatherings/Public Broadcasts
Melbourne – State Library of Victoria, 9am – 12pm
Sydney – Prince Alfred Park, 9am – 12pm
Brisbane – Queens Gardens, 8am – 10am
Adelaide – Hindmarsh Square, 8am – 12pm
Perth – Northbridge Piazza – 6:30am – 8:30am
Hobart – The Cascade Hotel, 9:30am – 11am
Canberra – Haig Park, 9am – 12pm
Darwin – Oaks Elan, 8am – 9:30am
Lygon Street opposite Trades Hall will be closed from 5:30pm for a mammoth street party extending into the John Curtin Hotel, featuring DJs, drag, dance, and a secret lineup of bands way too big to be playing in a room that small. Event listing is here.
Protest festival march beginning at Taylor Square at 6pm, before heading down Oxford Street and finishing at a gathering in a larger off-street area nearby. Several stages with music, dancing, and performance are scheduled. Event listing is here.
After the announcement gathering in Haig Park, an official after-party is taking over the Hopscotch bar in Braddon from 5pm to let the hair down and toast those who worked tirelessly on the campaign. Peep the event listing here.
‘Course those are all just the “official” gatherings. Plenty of supportive pubs, venues, and spaces around the land are chuckin’ their own shindigs to mark what’s shaping to be an extremely historic day.
Win or lose, it’s important to get right around your LGBTQI+ pals. Tomorrow’s gonna be a day. Let’s all hope for the best and shout each other a drink or two afterwards.Image: Getty Images / Mark Kolbe