After the overwhelming community support seen at last year’s World AIDS Day candlelight vigil in New Farm Park – the first seen in Brisbane in seven years – QuAC (Queensland AIDS Council) has announced that they will be holding another vigil again this year to remember friends and family members lost to HIV/AIDS.
The 2015 candlelight vigil on 1 December to recognise World AIDS Day will move to a more prominent location – Reddacliff Place in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD.
Traditionally, LGBTIQ and other communities all around the world host candlelight vigils on World AIDS Day. However, until last year, Brisbane neglected to include a community candle light vigil for the best part of a decade.
Despite the omission in the state capital, regional towns in other parts of the state hosted vigils.
Though the dedication of Queensland AIDS Council volunteer of the year Gary Williams, the vigil returned in 2014. Hundreds of community members flocked to New Farm Park.
The event marked a touching and dignified display of remembrance for those lost to HIV/AIDS. It also acknowledged those still living with the virus.
Candlelight Vigil moves to city
Mr Williams told QNews Magazine that organisers moved the event into the city in an effort to make it more inclusive. They wanted the involvement of the wider community. They hoped that people outside of the LGBTIQ community living with HIV or who have lost a friend or family member would feel encouraged to participate.
The non-religious event will feature several people sharing their personal stories of living with HIV, performances by the Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir, as well as the candle lighting ceremony.
More information on World AIDS Day events in Queensland can be found at the Facebook page.
And keep up to date with QuAC at their website.
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