Brisbane Gay activist, Tony Robertson will attend his first public LGBTI event in his birth city of Geelong this week.
Mr Robertson will join the 18th birthday celebrations for gasp Geelong
on Tuesday 11 November.
The gasp project provides respectful and safe environments that assist in improving the health and wellbeing of same sex attracted and sex and gender diverse young people.
“I am excited to join the celebrations for a service that was not available when I was a young gay teen in Geelong during the late 60s ” he said.
Mr Robertson lived in Geelong from 1953 – 1972 attending school at St Patrick’s Primary in Geelong West and St. Joseph’s College , Newtown.
“This was an era where the local community did not have the language or culture to embrace issues of diverse sexuality” he said.
Mr Robertson has previously visited St. Joseph’s College as a life member of the Old Collegians to show his support for the inclusion of the International Day Against Homophobiain the annual calendar of student activities.
“I am proud that my birth city now has a safe public space for young people to find support and solidarity as they discover the joy of sexuality in all its diversity and identity.” He said.
Read interview with The Geelong Advertiser, November 15 2014 here