EXCLUSIVE: 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.
Australian 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.”
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?”