Award-winning actor, filmmaker and dancer with disability, to lead Mardi Gras float

Posted on 08 February 2018
Award-winning actor, filmmaker and dancer with disability, to lead Mardi Gras float

Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras has lots to celebrate this year - the iconic parade is turning 40, same sex marriage laws passed recently and Cher is joining the party! For the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Northcott, People with Disability Australia (PWDA) and Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), the Mardi Gras is also a time to recognise that people with disability aren't all heterosexual and, like everyone, have a right to sexual expression and inclusion.

The four organisations are teaming up to host a float for people with disability from the LGBTIQA+ community. Dubbed the 'Evolution to Inclusion' float, it will highlight the involvement of people with disability in the Mardi Gras and the progress made towards inclusion.

Daniel Monks, an award-winning actor, will be marching in the float. Daniel is 28 years old and recently won the Flash Forward Busan Bank Award at the Busan International Film Festival in South Korea for his feature film, Pulse, which he wrote, produced, edited and was the lead actor in. He received the Arts Awards at the 2015 NSW/ACT Young Achiever Awards and was awarded Young Filmmaker of the Year at the 2014 WA Screen Awards. More recently, he was a finalist for the 2017 Heath Ledger Scholarship, nominated for Best Actor at the 2016 WA Screen Awards and named one of Music Magazines, "Ten Top Talents to Watch in 2018."

Daniel recently sat down with Northcott to talk about his involvement in Mardi Gras and the importance of inclusion.

collapsedWhy is inclusion important?

collapsedWhat was it like growing up with an acquired disability and realising you were gay?

collapsedHave you attended Mardi Gras previously?

collapsedYour award-winning film, Pulse, is about a gay disabled man – why was telling this story important to you?

The NDIA, Northcott, PWDA and CPA are proud recipients of a Google Mardi Gras Parade Grant.