Courtney Act To Help Spread The Love For Mardi Gras 2019
'Dancing With The Stars' DF slayer Courtney Act has partnered with ANZ and Mardi Gras for a campaign that'll see Oxford Streets around Australia festively decorated for the most festive event on the LGBTIQ+ calendar.
She's certainly no stranger to our TV screens and now Courtney Act is using her powerful platform to promote inclusivity and an equal future for the LGBTIQ+ community.
Joining forces with ANZ and Mardi Gras, the drag sensation revealed that Darlinghurst's famous Oxford Street won't be the only one having a rainbow makeover this year.
"Oxford Street in Sydney is already pretty bloody gay, so this year they're taking a little bit of Mardi Gras to Oxford Streets all around Australia," Courtney told 10 daily.
"We've picked one Oxford Street from each state and created fabulous art installations to bring that Mardi Gras spirit to places outside Sydney," she continued.
If you head to Bondi Beach, you'll also be able to check out the ‘Signs of Love’ installation, a signpost pointing to the other 122 Oxford Streets around the country.
The blonde bombshell is no stranger to fronting the sparkly celebrations and over the years -- particularly following the legalisation of same-sex marriage --the star said she's noticed that people have become more inquisitive and inclusive of the LGBTIQ+ community.
"As a queer person, I've certainly noticed a lot of changes just over the last few years," she explained.
"These days, people actually want me to talk about the nuances and intricacies of queer identities and gender and sexuality. It's just so cool that everyone's leaning in and they're interested in learning more," she said.
She continued, "I think a lot of that is because we've grown up in this society where identity has been fixed and rigid for so long and now we're really seeing that breaking apart in so many ways."
While we've seen an improvement when it comes LGBTIQ+ acceptance and inclusivity in Australia, new ANZ research shows that 1 in 4 people within the LGBTIQ+ community are still not comfortable discussing their sexuality and gender identity with loved ones.
"You need to find people who support you and who you are," Courtney advised, adding, "That could be in your family, it could be a friend at school. And if there are none of those people around you, there's a huge amount of info and support online -- like groups on Facebook."
As for any young people who are struggling with their own sexual identity, Courtney dished some sage advice.
"If you have questions about your gender identity or your sexuality, if you feel like you're 'different,' you should listen to those feelings. If you're confused, look up YouTube videos about other people's experiences and find what resonates with you," she said.
"How you feel is how you feel. There's nothing that can be done -- or should be done about that. Listen to yourself, because that's the thing that matters," she said.
Courtney Act will be performing at the Mardi Gras Party on Saturday, March 2 at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.
You can also see more of Courtney on Dancing with the Stars, Monday nights at 7.30 on 10 or 10 Play.
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