“As some of you may know, the first LGBTIQ function I attended as an elected representative was a Sydney Gay Business Association dinner in the early 1980s, soon after I became a City of Sydney Councillor. I am proud to continue to support SGLBA and I commend everyone involved with Fruits in Suits on reaching this impressive milestone.
Established by Simon Davies in the late 1990s, Fruits in Suits met an important need in the community, providing a safe and supportive environment for LGBTIQ people to network and socialise, and reach their full potential. I understand these events inspired other LGBTIQ communities to hold similar events in Australia and elsewhere. While acceptance towards LGBTIQ communities has grown, events like these are still of vital importance and it is fantastic to hear that Fruits in Suits events are still going strong 21 years on.
I wish everyone involved in Fruits in Suits all the best for the future, and hope everyone enjoys the anniversary event.
Lord Mayor of Sydney”
About Lord Mayor Clover Moore
Clover Moore is the longest serving Lord Mayor of Sydney, currently in her fourth term. She is the first popularly elected woman to lead the City of Sydney and previously served in the NSW Parliament and on the City and South Sydney councils.
From March 1988 Clover was continuously elected to represent the Bligh/Sydney electorate as an independent MP in the NSW Parliament. She was forced to resign on 21 September 2012 after a state law made it illegal for her to continue in both roles.
An opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald once said: “In her 20 years as MP, with more successful private member’s bills than anyone in a century, Moore has done more to keep the bastards honest than Don Chipp ever did.”
Throughout her public life, Clover has championed progressive policies.
Small bars, freedom of information laws, whistleblower protection, disclosure of government contracts, boarding house protection, tenant’s rights, strata title reform, making it illegal to incite hatred against members of the GLBT community and making same sex adoption legal are among her achievements.
When she held the balance of power alongside other independents in NSW she delivered a charter of reform, called the most radical state political reform agenda of any Westminster Parliament in the 20th century.
As Lord Mayor, Clover has led the development and implementation of the City’s internationally renowned long term plan – Sustainable Sydney 2030. The plan includes ambitious targets to reduce greenhouse emissions.
Under her leadership, the City has developed a global reputation for delivering award winning facilities, protecting open space, promoting design excellence, delivering new transport options, championing sustainability and initiating progressive solutions to complex city social problems.
Clover is an arts graduate of Sydney University. She has 2 children, Sophie and Tom. She lives in inner-Sydney Redfern with husband Peter and staffy-kelpie cross Bessie.