Brisbane Pride President Bec Johnson has welcomed Queenslanders to this year’s Brisbane Pride Festival, with events across the state in September and October.
“This year’s theme is Visible, Connected, Proud,” Johnson explained, launching the Brisbane Pride Festival on September 2.
“The theme speaks to the fundamental rights of all LGBTIQ+ Queenslanders to live safe, well-connected and self-determined lives.
“The festival program this year is two dozen events, leading up to the Rally, March and Fair day from 10am on October 2.
“We’re expecting over 7000 people to attend, celebrating diversity, inclusion and acceptance. Expect Pride celebrations and storytelling in ways determined by LGBTIQ+ people and their local communities.
“Our festival is a visible reminder, pride can be found in our sexualities and our genders. Our pride raises the voices of acceptance of LGBTIQ+ people and it recognises the resilience and experiences that build our strengths, our visibilities and our connections. Pride loves equally and without fault.”
New events across Queensland this year
Bec Johnson said in addition to the excitement in Brisbane, the Queensland Pride Network has worked to support new events across the state.
“Pride has no boundaries. Where there are people, there are LGBTIQ+ people,” Johnson said.
“We’re proud to collaborate with Pride organisations across Queensland to make celebrations accessible to more of our communities.
“This includes a new Pride event in Gladstone in September, as well as Cairns Pride and Black Pride FNQ in October.
“We’re also proud to introduce the team from Ipswich Pride. They’re coming to Brisbane to join the March.
“We’re so excited and proud to be working alongside you all. We invite everyone to join us at as many events as you can.”
On Sunday, members of southeast Queensland’s transgender and gender diverse communities gathered in West End at the Trans Fair Day.
In Gladstone, new group Rainbow On the Reef are holding the Rainbow in the Gardens event in the Tondoon Botanic Gardens on September 12.
On October 2, the new Ipswich Pride group have organised a free bus trip for locals to join the Brisbane Pride Rally, March and Fair Day.
Black Pride FNQ will also begin on October 1 in Cairns. The event celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities and friends.
This year’s Cairns Pride Festival also kicks off on October 8 and runs until October 23.
Brisbane Pride announces upcoming Mental Health Symposium
Brisbane Pride President Bec Johnson thanked the Queensland Government and the Brisbane City Council, as well as other sponsors, for their support of this year’s festival.
“For the second year running, the Queensland Mental Health Commission has supported us,” Johnson said.
“For the first time we’ll deliver Queensland’s first ever LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy Mental Health Symposium. We’re very proud of that.
“The message is clear in our communities there’s a bigger conversation to be had around mental health.
“Our lived experiences tell us this. We’re sadly overrepresented as a group for poorer mental health and wellbeing outcomes.”
‘We have a purpose for our Pride celebration’
The Brisbane Pride team launched this year’s festival on September 2 with a screening of new movie Joe Bell.
In the tearjerking drama, a small town father walks across the US on a crusade after bullies torment his gay son at high school.
Johnson explained the “powerful and emotionally-driven” film “speaks to the realities of the lives of many.”
“We know that without acceptance, hope is hard. Without connection, resilience is very tiring. And without self-worth, celebration is very hard work,” Johnson said.
“There’s a unique beauty in being your true self. And there is a purpose for Pride celebrations all over the world.
“There’s a purpose for our Pride here in Queensland. To our Queensland LGBTIQ+ community, people and families, we see you.
“The Brisbane Pride team reaches out to you and reminds you that you’re loved and you’re accepted.”
The Brisbane Pride Festival continues throughout September and concludes on October 2. For information on all events, visit BrisbanePride.org.au
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