Bullied dwarf Quaden Bayles and his Aboriginal activist family marching in an ‘Invasion Day’ protest in Brisbane
- Quaden Bayles marched along with protesters at the Invasion Day rally in Brisbane
- The 10-year-old went viral in a video last year in which he cried after being bullied
- The video was watched by 25 million people and $ 700,000 was raised in support
- His sister, mother and aunt also attended indigenous recognition rallies
Quaden Bayles – the dwarfed native schoolboy who became famous worldwide after his mother shared a video of him in tears about being bullied – attended an ‘Invasion Day’ gathering.
The 10-year-old was one of thousands at the Brisbane rally on Tuesday, and was photographed wearing an Aboriginal flag T-shirt, raising a fist when protesters called for an Australia Day date to be changed.
His model sister Guyala Bayles, 21, also competed in the rallies, which were held in cities across the country, as did his mother Yarraka and Aunt Mara Bayles, who each posted photos on their social media.
Quaden Bayles (photo) attends an ‘Invasion Day’ rally in Brisbane on Tuesday
Quaden’s model sister, 21-year-old Guyala (pictured), also posted on her social media about attending protests on Tuesday
Quaden’s mother Yarraka (center) and sister Guyala (right) are vocal indigenous activists
The Brisbane rally kicked off Tuesday morning with a march through the CBD through the crowds and across the Brisbane River to Southbank, where the group gathered in parks.
Queensland Prime Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk said she recognized the position of the protesters: there was more to uniting Australians on National Day than dividing them.
“ We have a lot to celebrate today … our inclusiveness, our respect but also understanding of what has happened in the past, I think it is also very important that we recognize that, ” she said from Townsville, a city in the United States. north of Queensland. .
Quaden Bayles and his family, who are vocal activists for indigenous recognition, were noticeably present at the Brisbane protest.
Guyala Bayles (pictured) models under the name Lala and has more than 40,000 Instagram followers
The Brisbane rally was attended by thousands who marched through the CBD (photo)
Quaden rose to fame after a video of him crying after being bullied was posted online – which 25 million people watched
Quaden’s Aunt Mara (left) is also an indigenous activist who posted this photo of Tuesday’s rallies
His mother Yarraka posted a confrontational video in February 2020 in which she cried after being bullied at school and said he ‘just wanted to die’ – sparking a flood of support from the public.
The video was viewed by 25 million people before being removed from Facebook by his mother.
A GoFundMe page was set up by American comedian Brad Williams, who also had stunting.
More than $ 700,000 was raised from donations from around the world to send Quaden to Disneyland – and the family redistributed the excess money among six charities, including Dwarfism Awareness Australia and Stomp Out Bullying.
His sister Guyala, who works as a model under the name Lala, was vocal in her support of Quaden after the video went viral.
‘I say f *** the bullies and the haters! You’re the coolest, smartest, strongest, and sweetest guy I know. You’re not alone and we’re all here for you my bruh. said the model.
Guyala at an event on the north coast of NSW on Tuesday morning wearing a t-shirt against Australia Day (photo)
The model posted this photo on Tuesday morning and turned up for a performance on NITV (photo)
She has also spoken about the abolition of Australia Day which appeared on indigenous broadcaster NITV Tuesday morning and made a speech at last year’s rallies.
She issued a call on Australia Day last year to ‘do away with the whole thing’ instead of focusing on changing the date and focusing energy on more pressing issues surrounding Aboriginal inequality.
Activism has been part of the Bayles family for generations.
Quaden’s great-grandmother Maureen Watson was arrested for protesting the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in the 1980s.
Quaden’s grandfather Tiga was a well-known radio host who “gave voice to the indigenous people” according to his daughter and Quaden’s mother, Yarraka.
Both Yarraka and her sister Mara are also well-known indigenous rights activists with Mara’s founding advocacy group The Black Card.
Quaden (pictured) marched at the Brisbane rally on Tuesday as the group walked through Southbank