​CSNSW locks equality in and homophobia out at Mardi Gras​

Publication date: Monday, 7 March 2016

Corrective Services NSW staff from as far afield as Bourke, Cessnock, Kempsey and Welling​ton marched in the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras on Saturday, 5 March 2016, 20 years after Corrective Services staff first partic​ipated in 1996.

Five Assistant Commissioners marched alongside CSNSW staff and their families and friends. Custodial staff marched in uniform and non-custodial staff wore white polo shirts featuring the banner slogan: Locking Equality In - Locking Homophobia Out. 

The 90-strong contingent was led by the two CSNSW staff who marched with Corrective Services' first Mardi Gras entry in 1996. The marchers were well received by other participants and onlookers, and morale was high. Five members of the CSNSW band accompanied the marchers, with the drummers ​proving a crowd favourite.

A selection of photos from the evening is published here.

Above: CSNSW staff and drummers march under the banner 'Locking Equality In - Locking Homophobia Out'

Above: CSNSW staff muster for the Mardi Gras march

Above: CSNSW staff and honour guard in the Mardi Gras

Above: CSNSW staff and honour guard in the Mardi Gras

Above: two CSNSW staff who marched in the 1996 Mardi Gras lead the 2016 CSNSW contingent with the original banner