Pride is still exciting, powerful and necessary.
With Brisbane’s annual Pride rally, march and fair day just under two months away, it’s time to dust off the rainbows, gather the glitter and get ready to celebrate everything that is Pride. And there is a lot to celebrate.
We now live in a country with marriage equality and an equality that was hard fought for and validated by the people of our nation.
Last year saw 10,000 people march in the lead up to the announcement and this year I would love to see that number even larger.
It has never been more relevant to march and celebrate Pride. we should be marching to thank our allies, we should be marching to honour the thousands who have gone before, who fought and risked everything in past generations and who are no longer here to see this, the first pride after equality.
We should also be marching to show our support for other peers of our community whose fight is still to be won, in particular this year I would love to see a united front behind our trans community, who have been part of this fabulous community from day one and who need to see rights improvements urgently.
As I believe is their traditional right, this year’s march will be led by our First Nations community members and allies. Preceded only by our QLD Dykes on Bikes, who must ride ahead for safety, our First Nations people will lead us down Brunswick Street to what promises to be the most exciting fair day yet.
So for this one day of the year, drag yourself out of bed, join the community and it’s allies in a solid and momentous message of support, family and solidarity that is welcoming to all.
– Brisbane Pride Festival President, Deeje Hancock (pictured below)
In 2017 it was remarkable to see the embedding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives through Brisbane Pride Festivities, The community spirit and feeling of Cultural Leadership and Pride as the First Nations LGBTIQ+SB Community led the Pride March down Brunswick Street.
It was a historical milestone for the Brisbane Pride Committee to acknowledge the oldest continuing culture in the world and to place value on recognising First Nations peoples. Last year, we saw Indigenous women strongly leading the coordination.
Seth Willie coordinated the march and the Elders. The flag exchange, an idea by IndigiLez Co-Founder Tanya Quakawoot, was a proud moment for all of our communities. And our beautiful Aunty Dawn Daylight conducted the Welcome to Country, in line with our NAIDOC theme of “Because of Her We Can”.
This year, we continue the whole of community journey to recognise culturally-informed inclusive leadership of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+SB people and communities.
Continued inclusion throughout Brisbane Pride month increases acceptance and a visible presence supported by the wider communities.
It is essential to develop pride in both our cultural identity, sexual and/or gender identity, this improves the social and emotional wellbeing of our mob, an investment in strengthening our understandings of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ+SB people.
We look forward to participating in Brisbane Pride Events this year!
– Bec Johnson, Brisbane Pride Committee Member
The Fair Day Lineup
Whilst Pride Fair Day is always a fantastic community event where we all come together and celebrate with a very relaxing day in the park, one of the most fantastic parts of that is our main stage lineup.
We have had some incredible names take to the stage over the years, from drag superstar Raja, to Joel Creasey, Em Rusciano, Katie Noonan, Wes Carr, Ryan Amador and last year the incomparable Casey Donovan brought the house down.
After seeing such talent year after year it is always a challenge to source interesting and dynamic talent and the search starts early each year. What is most important is that all our talent is always at Pride as a show of their support and this year is no exception.
After fourteen years in the spotlight, a career spanning television and music, Anthony Callea is one of only five male Artists in Australian music history to debut an album at number one three times.
We are very proud to announce Anthony will be headlining this years Pride Fair Day and he is raring to go.
“Queenslanders know how to have a good time, party and are pretty easy on the eye and I’m very excited to be performing at Fair Day for Brisbane Pride,” he said.
“This event is so integral for the LGBTIQ community, an event that brings so many people all together and I’m honoured to be celebrating with you all and supporting this important event.”
Joining Anthony on stage is one of the most interesting talents to emerge on Australian television screens this year.
From the moment he stepped on stage Sheldon Riley stamped himself as someone unique, talented and passionate and at 19, incredibly sure of himself.
Competing and finishing in third place on The Voice Australia under the mentor of Boy George, this year Sheldon tore up the stage in glitter, heels, rainbows, feathers and fabulousness and won the hearts of the nation in the process.
Sheldon will also be joining in the Pride March this year and we couldn’t be more thrilled. Coincidentally Brisbane Powerhouse vocalist Chrislyn Hamilton made her return to the television this year, competing beside Sheldon on Team George, only to be eliminated when competing against him in the knockout rounds of the competition.
Chrislyn again joins us on stage. Is there perhaps a duet in store? We’ll see!
Rounding out our mainstage headliners this year is a supremely talented young performer. At just 16 years old, Ellie Drennan wowed Australian audiences and became the youngest winner of The Voice Australia. In her time since the show Ellie has garnered a huge following online as she continues to write her own music and hone her craft.
Her unique style and angelic voice well be perfectly placed to transform the day as you relax and take in the magic of her music.
Of course, our entertainment wouldn’t be complete without our local talent, which we will announce in the coming weeks as the full days lineup is announced.
Two of our fantastic community businesses The Beat Megaclub and The Wickham Hotel will also be coming together this year to help support both our main stage and community stage.
Major sponsors, The Beat Megaclub, will be providing a slew of entertainment across both stages on the day, including the fabulous drag superstar Jemima Handful who will make her return to Brisbane on our main stage as well as her exclusive performance the official after party at The Beat Megaclub.
Our adults-only pavillion will of course make it’s return as we explore a wide range of interesting and often taboo subjects, the perfect place to find something very interesting, dynamic and challenging for your mind and body!
We will continue to have a wide range of interesting and fabulous food vendors, the Queer Beer Tent, community stall holders and of course games and entertainment for families of all shapes and sizes.
To book your stall, register interest as a performer or for all ticketing information head to the Brisbane Pride Festival website. Tickets will go on sale soon. Stay tuned to the Brisbane Pride Festival Facebook page for all the updates as we continue to announce our full lineup closer to the date.