Reg Mombassa Joins Same-Sex Tee Party
29 March 2010
The work of renowned Australian artist and musician Reg Mombassa will feature on a series of designer T-shirts that go on sale this week as part of an innovative education campaign about same-sex law reform.
In July last year, the Federal Government amended 85 pieces of legislation which discriminated against same-sex couples in areas such as employee entitlements, privacy rights, tax, superannuation, child support and insurance.
The new education campaign aims to increase awareness and understanding of these reforms among members of Australia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.
Called Wear It With Pride, the campaign is based around a series of 85 designer T-shirts, with each shirt linked to one of the 85 historic reforms.
Organisers are encouraging same-sex couples and other LGBT community members to learn more about their new rights and responsibilities by visiting the campaign website - wearitwithpride.com.au - and finding out which ‘shirts’ fit them.
Mr Mombassa, whose work has famously featured on products for surfwear company Mambo, created T-shirt #85 to celebrate changes to immigration laws affecting same-sex couples.
Mr Mombassa says he supports any improvement in legal rights for same-sex couples. “To me they are no different to heterosexual couples,” he says. “My shirt represents a gay couple coming here from elsewhere. Because same-sex partners of Australians are now recognised, they will now enjoy the same status as a heterosexual couple with respect to immigration laws.”
The Commonwealth-funded campaign is being produced by leading LGBT health organisation ACON on behalf of the National LGBT Health Alliance.
National LGBT Health Alliance Executive Director Gabi Rosenstreich says campaign organisers greatly appreciate the support of Mr Mombassa as well as all the other designers involved in the campaign including Charlie Brown and Henry Roth.
“Each time someone wears one of these incredible shirts, they become a human billboard for the campaign,” Ms Rosenstreich says. “It’s a fantastic way people can help to spread the word to their family and friends about the recent changes to federal laws affecting same-sex couples.”
“Buying the T-shirts also supports the efforts of our member organisations across the country to inform people about the law reforms as all profits will go straight back into the campaign”
T-shirts are on sale for $33.00 inc GST from the campaign website www.wearitwithpride.com.au.
The T-shirts are sweatshop free and are compliant with relevant labour standards.
Visit www.wearitwithpride.com.au to download stories about and images of the campaign’s 10 celebrity ambassadors.
For more information or to arrange an interview or photo opportunity, please contact us.
Contact: Andrew Hamadanian, Media and Communications Officer, ACON
Tel: (02) 9206 2044
Mobile: 0419 555 768