'I own it and wear it with pride' – Gay indigenous MP gives powerful speech in Northern Territory Parliament




A young Australian Labor Party MP has delivered an impassioned opening speech at Parliament about self acceptance and pride.

Chansey Paech, the newly elected MP for Namatjira, told the Parliament of the Northern Territory how proud he was to be who is his.

"I am Centralian man, I am the nation’s first openly gay, Indigenous parliamentarian," the 28-year-old said.

"I am eternally proud of who I am and where I come from.

"I own it and wear it with pride."

Mr Paech, whose mother is of Eastern Arrernte and Gurindji heritage and whose father is Caucasian, said he was looking forward to serving his diverse rural community.

He also called for marriage equality in Australia.

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