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Saturday, 14th September, 2019

Tom Henderson, aka Amanda Screetly, poses in front of his glamour shots taken by Penny Hall. PICTURE: Maddison Basset-White Tom Henderson, aka Amanda Screetly, poses in front of his glamour shots taken by Penny Hall. PICTURE: Maddison Basset-White

By Maddison Basset-White

This Year’s Drag in Drag street parade has a new group walking in an attempt to highlight the importance of LGBTIQ+ and diversity.

Far West District’s Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) is highlighting the importance of diversity and workplace inclusion today while walking in this year’s parade.

DCJ will be decked out with banners, t-shirts and a decorated van for the parade. Each one of their parade items features their three key words ‘inclusive, respectful and authentic’, bringing workmates together as friends that share a common cause.

Julieann Hall, a local staff member from the Department of Communities and Justice, said that it was great that issues of LGBTIQ+ workplace inclusion are now being highlighted because it was a vital part in the creation of a safe space for everyone. 

“DCJ celebrated in March this year when it launched its inaugural LGBTIQ+ and Allies Network with an important message of being able to ‘bring your whole self to work’, and we are also a proud member of Pride in Diversity,” Julieann said.

“Supporting the diversity of our workforce helps us to create policies, programs and procedures that meet the needs of all our employees and helps us to plan for the future.

“The Department of Communities and Justice believes that it is crucial to celebrate all that is diverse and that we as a society need to break down the walls that are biases and stereotypes.”

Julieann said that DCJ would love it if Broken Hill could perceive them as a LGBTIQ+-friendly work community. 

“It would be safe to say that the community has a general picture about what DCJ is about, so participating in the parade would be showing the community that there is a whole other side to the Department of Communities and Justice.”

 DCJ has a number of staff members that identify under LGBTIQ+ who have a great understanding of some of the many struggles some people are facing.

“Life at DCJ is never a DRAG. We are all from different backgrounds and lifestyles and we are all inclusive and respectful of our LGBTIQ+ community.” said Julieann.

 

WHAT: Drag in Drag Street Parade

WHEN: Today, 12pm to 2pm

WHERE: Town Square

 

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