Mardi Gras’s 40th anniversary in Sydney, Australia will welcome its first-ever float celebrating transgender people.
The pro-trans Mardi Gras float was made by members of the four-month-old New South Wales Trans Youth Alliance, whose members met at an LGBT youth camp and live in and around Australia’s biggest city, BuzzFeed News reports.
"It’s really fundamental that the youth become empowered," said Felix, an 18-year-old transgender man from Western Sydney, whose last name BuzzFeed did not reveal.
The idea for the float came when psychologist and NSWTYA creator Kath Power helped chaperone her son and his gender diverse friends at a march last year. While at the march, she figured there should be a float exclusively for young transgender people — especially those without supportive parents.
"The photos I’ve got of the kids, the laughter on their face," she said. "The love. You’re marginalised, and now you’re getting cheered."
The group’s logo is a “transburger,” with blue buns, pink tomatoes and a white center — like the blue-pink-white transgender pride flag. Members plan to march with banners declaring “Trans And Proud” and “Gender Freedom.”
Sydney’s Mardi Gras is scheduled for March 3.
For Australian LGBT youth, 2017 brought some good news. In November, 61 percent of Australian voters chose to legalize same-sex marriage. The Senate passed marriage equality the same week the federal Family Court overturned a ruling that forced trans teenagers to apply in court to start cross-sex hormone treatment.