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Shepparton sends diversity statement

People young and old celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia crowded Shepparton’s Maude St Mall yesterday.

ALEXANDRA BOLKAS May 17, 2014 3:54am

Strong message: People gathered at Shepparton's Maude St Mall yesterday to celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia.

Goulburn Valley Pride volunteer Leigh Bamford, 46, said the day for him was about standing strong within the community.

‘‘I’m here to say listen to us we’re equal, we bleed the same, we love the same, it’s only fair we’re accepted,’’ he said.

Going Within to Get Out facilitator Kellie Smith said she was supporting the event to promote equal rights.

‘‘I feel deeply saddened by people who want to stop equal choices and equal opportunities,’’ she said.

Going Within to Get Out mentor Natasha Goldberg, 17, said such events were important for the community.

‘‘It’s the way forward,’’ she said.

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