In New York, Army National Guard First lt. Dan Choi has been selected as the grand marshal of Heritage of Pride’s gay pride parade on June 27 (disclosure: Queerty is an official sponsor). In Sydney, New York-based trans nightlife fixture Amanda was chosen as chief of gay Mardis Gras on Feb. 27. What do these decisions tell us about the differences between Americans and Australians?

That American gays want to present an image of hope, confidence, maturity, and equal rights.

And that Australian gays want to throw a fabulous fucking party.

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