Pop superstars Sia, Kylie Minogue and Troye Sivan spoke up for marriage equality in Australia on stage at the ARIA Awards.
Sia and Sivan both won big at the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards in Sydney this week. Both queer recording artists used the opportunity to call attention to the fight for LGBT rights in Australia.
Sivan’s “Youth” received the top award for Song of the Year. He dedicated his trophy to the LGBT youth of the country.
“This is for every gay Australian kid who wants to make music,” Sivan said in his acceptance speech. “You can do it and win an ARIA, too.”
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Sia took home the award for Best Female Artist. The “Chandelier” singer had Angie Greene accept the award in her place. Greene is the CEO of Stand Up Events and the ambassador for The Equality Campaign.
Greene spoke of a powerful need for equality in Australia. Greene told the crowd, “this award is for every single non-hetero and gender diverse person who can currently not marry the person that they love in this country. Bottom line is, Australia, no one’s lives and the people they love should be up for debate.”
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Kylie Minogue and her fiancé Joshua Sasse echoed the call for marriage equality. The singer and her fiance previously said they won’t marry until all citizens can. Minogue and Sasse wore matching Say I Do Down Under tees, proclaiming, “if we all stand together, we can bring Australia back on the right side of history and make 2017 the year that we all say, ‘I do,’ Down Under.”