The aboriginal gay MP spoke for equality in Australia

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Chansey Paech was recently elected as the Northern Territory Labor MLA for Namatjira, becoming the country’s first openly gay Aboriginal elected MP. Beginning the new session of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly he made a passionate pro-equality speech. He told his co-politicians: “I am young, I am gay, I am black: a true-blue Territorian. I am a Centralian man. I am the nation’s first openly gay Indigenous parliamentarian. I am eternally proud of who I am and where I come from. I own it and wear it with pride. I look forward to the day when this country will recognise my rights as equal rights, when I too can marry in my country, on my country, as a recognised first Australian.”

He told the journalists from Buzzfeed that his political success was extremely hard to reach because people were urged not to vote for him because he is gay. “That kind of language the electorate didn’t respond well to. The most beautiful thing was when I was at a remote community [campaigning] and people said to me, ‘They said you were a gay and we said we didn’t care, we just want houses’. I will stand proud with my Labor colleagues across our vast lands to ensure that all Territorians have equality and that we reach a time when our first Australians are constitutionally recognised.”

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