Gay marriage ribbon call for Logie stars

trknightEXCLUSIVE: They have been worn by T.R. Knight, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, Jessica Alba, Cyndi Lauper, Kyle MacLachlan, Gus Van Sant, Christina Applegate, Lucy Liu, Dave Stewart and Jennifer Beals. Anne Hathaway even wore one at President Obama’s Inauguration.

Now, advocate group Australian Marriage Equality wants to see White Knot ribbons at Sunday night’s Logie Awards.

The White Knot ribbon symbolises a push for marriage equality, and has been seen at a number of award nights including Oscars, Grammys and the GLAAD Media Awards.

Alex Greenwich, spokesperson for AME, says he would like to see Australian television celebrities show their support for same-sex marriage by wearing a White Knot ribbon.

“It’s a great opportunity for Australian celebrities to show their support for same sex marriage and for the gay and lesbian community as a whole,” he told TV Tonight.

He hope to see it worn by Logie invitees, including Brothers and Sisters actress Rachel Griffiths, who is presenting an award.

Brothers and Sisters covers gay storylines and it would be even better to continue that theme through at the Logies. It would be great to have one of Australia’s best representatives in Hollywood wearing a ribbon for the White Knot cause at television’s ‘night of nights.’

“A lot of television shows touch on gay and lesbian issues, like Home and Away did recently. This is an option for them to bring it from the screen to the audience.”

Greenwich is also putting out the call to openly gay television presenters and visiting fashion expert Carson Kressley.

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lwordAustralian Marriage Equality wants equal marriage rights for all Australians regardless of their gender or sexuality. It has been involved in the Human Rights Commission consultation process towards drafting a Bill of Rights.

“Within the Marriage Act in Australia there is clear discrimination against gays and lesbians preventing us from the rights of marriage. Not being able to get married leaves us in a second or third tier status,” says Greenwich.

“We can supply White Knots to any television stars if they contacted us. We’ve produced a lot of them and could deliver them in Victoria and other states as well.”

Alex Greenwich can be contacted at [email protected] or via  australianmarriageequality.com

In his final plea to Rachel Griffiths, Greenwich said: “Hollywood has really helped bring the issue of same-sex marriage rights to the wider community.

“Can you please help us bring attention to it at home?”

35 Comments:

  1. Im looking at the Logies red carpet but it seems not even Carson Kressley will be wearing a white knot. How very disappointing. We can only presume that Channel Nine publicity had lent on him as he is involved in the red carpet TV special on Channel Nine

  2. Meh. Just give us civil union rights, so we get the legal rights of marriage but it isn’t called marriage to keep everyone else happy.

    There. Problem solved. We get our rights, they get their sanctity.

  3. Who knew a little white ribbon could cause so much debate?

    I’m all for equal rights, ‘gay’ people can’t stuff up marriage any worse then the rest of us with a 50% divorce rate in most western countries!

  4. I’d prefer if TV types stuck to their day job; it might make for a few shows worth watching! If they get to political Rudd will want a celeb campaigning for every seat next election.

  5. I don’t understand why we (read: everyone but Mr Howard) can say sorry to the Aborigines, we can see our mistakes in not letting women vote, but we can’t have some form of equality in relationships. Is this 2009 or 1909?

    Screw the white knot, let’s show the world how a nation as big as ours can take a giant leap forward, and hopefully be a trendsetter.

    It’s not as if we’re invading a country for oil…

  6. @Vman: Actually no im not trying to trick people into thinking im a good samariten, however disagreeing with homosexuality is nowhere near as bad as you’re making it out to be.

    Also, not allowing marriage to gay people is not depriving them of their rights as human beings, because marriage isn’t about 1 person, it’s about 2, of the opposite sex. Name to me one other civilisation that has had gay marriage? Certainly there have been times in history when societies have been ‘accepting’ of homosexuality, such as the ancient greeks, but marriage between the same sex has never happened, so therefore this isn’t some old tradition that our society has decided to ban them from having. It’s always been between male and female, and I think it is morally wrong to change that.

    Besides, most of the time when you ask gay couples why they want marriage, is simply for the money, they just want the tax benefits.
    For the record, I also disagree with straight de-facto relationships, but i don’t hear you making a fuss about that view of mine.

  7. My view is…..if gay men and women want all the financial hassle of getting married, and the even bigger financial hassle of getting divorced, they they are quite welcome! 😀

  8. The whole Whiteknot thing is just to make people feel good about supporting a cause. It wont change anyone’s mind, wont be a jumping point of any meaningful discussion. It’s just a waste of time and resources that could be better spent elsewhere in movement for gay marriage.

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