Gladstone’s LGBTIQ+ community and their friends, families and allies are invited to a brand new community pride event next month.
Local group Rainbow On the Reef are holding the inaugural Rainbow in the Gardens event at Gladstone’s Tondoon Botanic Gardens from 10am-3pm on Sunday, September 12.
The free family-friendly event will offer live music and performances, free sausage sizzle, family activities, camp cake-decorating, trivia games and more.
One highlight will be the community art project where community members can use their artistic skills to transform a wardrobe door into a celebration of pride.
The Rainbow on the Reef group formed earlier this year, with a goal of establishing a new community event in Gladstone.
The group’s President Heather Richards said she was thrilled to see it come to life.
“It’s really important for the local LGBTQIA+ community to be able to hold regional events like these,” she said.
“[We want people] to make connections, feel supported, have fun and show pride.
“We’re very grateful to Strong Communities Ltd and Brisbane Pride for supporting this event through both in-kind and financial support.”
For more details, visit Rainbow on the Reef’s Facebook page here.
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Gladstone Pride event backed by Brisbane Pride
Brisbane Pride President Bec Johnson said the new Rainbow in the Gardens event had received funding through their annual community grants program.
“Queensland Pride Network and Brisbane Pride are proud to be supporting Rainbow on the Reef,” Johnson said.
“Local co-designed events like Rainbow in the Gardens provide regional LGBTIQ+ people and families safe access to Pride events.
“We celebrate for and with you and wish the event much success.”
Meanwhile, Brisbane Pride Festival is also officially launching its 2021 celebrations next week, on September 2.
The event’s annual Pride Rally, March and Fair Day will all return on October 2.
Find out more at the Brisbane Pride Festival website.
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