Brisbane Pride Festival is set to be the big winner from next year’s Brisbane City council elections with Labor’s lord mayoral candidate Rod Harding pledging to double the amount of funding provided to the festival should he be elected.
The current administration under Lord Mayor Graham Quirk became the first council to provide funding for the festival and has committed $7,000 per annum for the next three years, an amount that would double over the same period should Mr Harding be successful in his lord mayoral bid.
Mr Harding told QNews that he would love to see Brisbane Pride Festival grow to rival larger interstate pride festivals.
“One of the most moving experiences I’ve had so far as Labor’s candidate for Lord Mayor was joining this year’s Pride March, making our way down Brunswick Street with so many passionate Brisbane locals,” said Mr Harding.
“It’s a really special celebration and one which I am committed to supporting and growing as Brisbane’s new Lord Mayor.”
“If elected Lord Mayor, I want to help the Pride Festival become an event which people flock to from around Queensland and Australia.
“I know doubling the funding won’t magically make this happen, but it’s certainly a step in the right direction.
A spokesman for Lord Mayor Graham Quirq told QNews that in addition to providing ongoing funding to Brisbane Pride Festival, the Quirk administration has also shown great support to Brisbane’s LGBTI community including providing grants to the Brisbane Hustlers gay rugby team, and the construction of permanent LGBTI artwork at the New Farm Community Centre.
“Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is dedicated to making Brisbane an inclusive city and continues to support the LGBTIQ community,” his spokesperson said.
“Earlier this year the Story Bridge was lit up in rainbow colours for the International Day Against Homophobia, for the first time the rainbow flag was flown from City Hall, and City Hall was lit up in rainbow colours to celebrate the Queen’s Ball in June.”