Rogue senator Lidia Thorpe got mixed up and threw herself in front of a youth charity truck instead of the police float during her bizarre Sydney Mardi Gras protest.
Instead of obstructing the Australian Federal Police or NSW police float as she planned, Thorpe laid down in the path of the QLife truck representing the LGBTIQ community’s anonymous hotline and the Twenty10 youth charity.
It can also be revealed she pulled the same stunt, which brought the parade to a standstill, twice before being unceremoniously booted from the event.
New photos, video footage and descriptions of Thorpe’s attention seeking clash have emerged since she was ousted from the parade on Saturday night for breaching safety and participation guidelines.
New photos have emerged of ex-Greens senator Lidia Thorpe (above) at Mardi Gras where she appeared to hold two separate protests before lying down twice in the parade, in front of the wrong float
Lidia Thorpe on her first lie-down in Oxford Street, apparently mistaking a float for gay and lesbian youth charity for the federal or state police truck
The former Greens senator, who defected from the party earlier this month to become an independent, drew boos from the crowd with her antics along Oxford Street.
Under the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2023 Code of Conduct, ‘threatening or aggressive behaviour, both verbally and physically’ is not permitted and participants must obey instructions of SGLMG staff, security, volunteers, NSW Police and emergency services.
The QLife float for a gay and lesbian helpline and the Twenty10 youth charity was directly behind the federal police float and when Thorpe obstructed it, parade goers began to boo her
A timeline of Lidia Thorpe’s actions on Saturday reveals she delivered a firebrand speech to fellow members of the Pride in Protest group’s No Pride in Genocide float some time before the parade began at 8pm.
She said she was marching ‘not only for First Peoples’ but ‘for people who want to love the f*** who they want to love’ posed with a sign saying ‘Stop police attacks on queers, women and blacks. Queers say, Treaty Now, Cops out of Mardi Gras’
The event’s 12,500 marchers and 200 plus floats then began moving, with the federal and state police entering the procession around 9pm.
Daily Mail Australia then watched Thorpe crash into the police part of the parade, holding her arms crossed above her head and yelling ‘f*** the police’.
When police kept on moving, she escalated her protest and lay down on her back directly in front of a truck that was next in the queue.
As the crowd began to boo Thorpe, two police officers tried to get her up and move her on, as she pointed at an officer and gesticulated to him to back off.
Lidia Thorpe confronts a cop during the parade after two police floats entered the queue of trucks with her ramping up her protest to object any police presence, which is compulsory under SGLMG guidelines
Instead of constructing police, Thorpe lay in front of the float representing gay and lesbian mental health support services include Twenty10 (above) which is for young people
The Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras’s own guidelines request respectful behaviour, compliance with police and forbid aggressive behaviour, be it physical or verbal
Another officer tried to get her to move on from the front of the float which belonged to QLife, and sported a large lit-up sign on its back promoting the Gay and Lesbian Counselling Service NSW’s helpline and ‘celebrating 50 years of GLCS NSW/Phone-a-Friend’.
UK visitor Alex Day, who filmed Thorpe’s antics, thought she was just ‘a drunken weirdo’.
Moments later, Thorpe lay down on the ground again, further away from the QLife truck, surrounded by three officers and with the crowd again booing her.
One participant on the truck Thorpe mistook for a police float told Radio 2GB: ‘I was marching with them. We were directly behind the police’.
QLife operates Twenty10, which provides housing, counselling and mental health support for young gay people in Sydney. It merged with GCLS in 2012 to offer free programs and safe spaces to ‘people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or gender diverse, intersex, queer, asexual or those who are questioning their identity’
As an entrant in the parade, Thorpe and the group with which she was marching, Pride in Protest, agree to comply with operational, safety and logistics rules under the SGLMG Entrant Terms and Conditions.
On Sunday, Thorpe said she was ‘proud’ of her protest at the Mardi Gras .
‘Black and brown trans women started the first pride march as a protest against police violence,’ she wrote on Twitter.
‘Today, we still face violence from police. Proud to have joined the #PrideInProtest float in Sydney to say #NoPrideInGenocide, #NoPrideInPrisons and #NoCopsInPride.’
Senator Thorpe was later pictured lying on her back in front of a float as it tried to travel down Oxford Street as two police officers asked her to move on amid ‘boos’ from the crowd
Footage of her protest circulated around social media on Sunday morning with her antics drawing plenty of criticism.
‘She’s zero respect for LGBTQIA people. The woman is a disgrace!’ one wrote.
Another added: ‘Is there anywhere that Lidia Thorpe can go and just act like a normal human being?
‘Is it really that hard to conduct yourself in a decent manner??’
‘In a desperate attempt for attention & relevance, activist Lidia Thorpe lays down in front of #MardiGras2023 parade float preventing it from moving forward, scuffles with police & allegedly yelled ‘F*** the police’,’ a third person wrote.
‘A total disgrace to elected office!’
Daily Mail Australia contacted Ms Thorpe for comment.
One Mardi Gras attendee who witnessed the incident told Daily Mail Australia: ‘She came out of nowhere, it took a few seconds for us to realise what was going on.
‘I don’t know how she got into the parade but she ran after the cops as they marched screaming “f*** the police” at them and towards the crowd.
‘She really got in their faces when she caught up, like inches away. Not what we expected to see tonight.
‘Pride is supposed to be about unity but she was the only one there making it about something else. Shocking, really’.
Senator Thorpe wore Aboriginal colours and held a ‘No Pride in Genocide’ sign to the iconic parade on Saturday night
Footage of her protest was circulated on social media the following morning with her antics continuing to draw plenty of criticism on Sunday
Senator Thorpe marched with the ‘No Pride in Genocide’ float, who campaign for zero police present at Mardi Gras
It’s not the first time Senator Thorpe has publicly confronted police.
In May, while she was still a member of the Green party, she told a police officer ‘you’re a disgrace’ during a demonstration at Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation where activists protested against the transportation of 12 detainees to Christmas Island detention centre.
‘You are the criminals, you are the only criminals on this land,’ Ms Thorpe shouted at police in video posted to her social media channels.
‘How dare you manhandle women like you did. Like you pushed me out of the way. You’re an absolute disgrace,’ she added.
Ms Thorpe has become known for high profile activism in her four years in Victorian and federal politics, especially on immigration, social justice and environmental issues.