American Australian Association (AAA)

Pride and the Alliance

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PRIDE AND THE ALLIANCE | Alan Joyce and Ambassador John Berry (Ret’d) in Conversation with Annabel Crabb
The United States and Australia both followed circuitous routes to marriage equality.


As Sydney welcomes WorldPride 2023, the United States Studies Centre and the American Australian Association are honoured to welcome Qantas CEO Alan Joyce AC and former US Ambassador to Australia John Berry in conversation with the ABC’s political commentator Annabel Crabb.


When US Ambassador to Australia John Berry (ret’d) first arrived in Australia in 2013, he was the first openly-gay US ambassador to a G20 country. However, not only was same-sex marriage not legal in Australia, it was not yet legal in all of the United States. In Australia, Qantas Group CEO Alan Joyce AC was one of the most influential voices in the marriage equality campaign.


How have these influential leaders seen LGBTQ+ rights advance in their lifetimes? How did the journey to marriage equality compare between the United States and Australia? What work still needs to be done, and what role can the close US-Australia relationship play?


Event details:
AUS: Thursday, March 2 | 3pm – 4pm AEDT
USA: Wednesday, March 1 | 11pm – 12am EST
This event is free to attend, RSVP essential


USA: March 1, 2023

AUS: March 2, 2023



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