The LGBTIQ community of Albury-Wodonga on the New South Wales/Victoria will again come together to celebrate Border Pride Fair Day later this month.
On Saturday, May 19, community members, their friends and families will descend on QEII Square in Dean Street in Albury for a day of community pride, coinciding with International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia this month.
Nathan Lorenzon, Chair of the LGBTQI+ Alliance Albury Wodonga, said Border Pride Fair Day is a time for the region’s queer community to come together and celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion.
“Despite significant progress made over recent years in fostering a more inclusive society in Australia including the legalisation of same-sex marriage, many LGBTQI+ Australians and families continue to be targets of prejudice, discrimination and exclusion,” Lorenzon said.
“Hosting Border Pride Fair Day during IDAHOBIT week provides a great opportunity for us to demonstrate that the Border region is welcoming and celebrates difference.”
Attendees will be treated to fantastic entertainment, games and performances, including the “Doggywood” dog pageant and show, hosted by local drag star Beryl from SWAG Albury Wodonga.
Glenn Boyd, convenor of long-running local LGBTIQ group Hume Phoenix, was thrilled to see the broader community get behind Border Pride Fair Day.
“Hume Phoenix has supported the local LGBTIQ community of Albury-Wodonga since the mid-1990s and we have seen a lot change in that time,” Boyd said.
“Local businesses and services will be out in force to support the day with fantastic stalls alongside the community. The event comes at a time where regional support for LGBTI communities is so important.”
For more information about the event, visit the Facebook event here.