Sia Used Her Aria Award Acceptance Speech To Promote Marriage Equality

“No one’s lives and the people they love should be up for debate.”

1. At tonight’s Aria awards Sia won Best Female Artist but instead of accepting the award herself, sent a friend in her place.

2. CEO of Stand Up Events and The Equality Campaign Ambassador Angie Greene accepted the award on Sia’s behalf.

“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,” Greene said.

3. “Bottom line is Australia, no one’s lives and the people they love should be up for debate.”

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Greene also urged Australia to take a step in the right direction, “You have the opportunity now to not just do a great thing but to do the right thing”.

4. After Greene accepted the award the campaign’s founder, Joshua Sasse, and his fiancé Kylie Minogue took to the stage, also wearing Say I Do Down Under shirts. After speaking about the campaign, they introduced a performance by Troye Sivan.

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Earlier in the evening, Troye dedicated one of his awards to to the LGBTQI community. “This is a little thing for every gay australian kid, for every LGBTQI kid who wants to go make music, you can totally do it, and win an Aria too.”

5. Needless to say, those watching at home were loving the outpour of support for LGBTQI Australians.

Troye dedicated his #ARIAS to the LGBTQ kids of Australia, Sia wins and a respensiative do the same 🏳️‍🌈 AUSTRALIA GET EQUALITY NOW!

— ⚡🏳️‍🌈Erica🏳️‍🌈⚡ (@hugrainbowtroye)

THE AMOUNT OF LGBT+ SUPOORT SHOWN TONIGHT I AM SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW #ARIAS

— elissa (@ZACHFUNAKOSHI)

8. What a truly brilliant night.

I hope the Aus government is watching the arias and can see how many people support marriage equality #ARIAs

— . (@instaduck_)

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Mat Whitehead is a staff writer for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney.
 
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