"Everyone should feel proud of who they are, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation."
Samuel Leighton-Dore

22 Feb 2018 - 11:24 AM  UPDATED 22 Feb 2018 - 11:31 AM

For Australian fashion company, MOGA, last year's same-sex marriage postal survey was an opportunity to share the Muslim-owned brand's support of the LGBTIQ+ community. Now, on the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, they're doing it again - re-releasing their limited edition pride headscarf.

During the same-sex marriage debate, the company's founder, Azahn Munas, said: “During one of the most critical and important times in our nation’s history, we at MOGA are proud to voice our support for marriage equality in Australia."

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“Our love and adoration towards the LGBTIQ community is strong and we have designed a limited edition rainbow striped Pride scarf in honour of their strength, bravery and inclusive spirit.”

While the headscarves were quick to sell out, Munas was sure to send one to former Prime Minister - and fierce opposer of marriage equality - Tony Abbott.

At the time, Munas and brand ambassador Kalida Edwards said: “By removing the focus on sexuality we are trying to remind Mr Abbott and others who share a similar view that marriage should be a union between two people in love, irrespective of what gender they are."

They continued: “We are hoping Mr Abbott accepts our scarf and gives it to a woman in his life he loves, whether it be his wife, his sister or his daughter.”

With a re-release of the vibrant scarf in time for Mardi Gras celebrations, Munas said the pieces are about more than just offering vocal support to the queer community.

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“We wanted to celebrate the diverse nature of our fans, who range from trendy Muslim ‘hijabsters’ to festival goers to drag queens, who all love our bold and colourful designs," she said.

“At the end of the day, everyone should feel proud of who they are, regardless of their skin colour, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation."