Panti Bliss taking part in Pride parade down under

Panti Bliss is taking on Oz to highlight equality in Ireland and abroad.

Panti Bliss taking part in Pride parade down under

Ireland's most famous drag queen is to take part in an LGBTQI Mardi Gras parade in Sydney next month.

It is the first time in almost a decade that an Irish float will be included in the parade.

“There was a float in about 2006 with people dressed up as Bono, with a theme of ‘It’s a beautiful gay’,” says organiser Lorna Hennessy.

The theme of the 2015 Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras is 'Passion'.

“Our passion is equality,” Ms Hennessy explains.

“We want equality across the board, for all LGBTQI issues. It’s not just about marriage equality. This is about human rights for people who happen to be gay. It’s [also] about civil rights and gender rights. As a woman I feel very strongly about that.

“It has been such a large thing over the past couple of years in Ireland,” she says.

“It’s timely that our Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar, has just come out as gay. He said he’d like to be an equal citizen in his own country, but at the moment he is not.

"That’s what this is all about, the desire to be equal in society.

"We’ve got the foremost gay rights person in the world at the moment, Panti Bliss, who is going to be on the float, representing the new Ireland, the modern Ireland.”

Panti is also very excited about the experience, joking on social media: "I can't wait! I am dead good at parades. And gay stuff."

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H/T - Irish Echo. Anna O'Donoghue

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