Dreamtime Divas And Comedian Steven Oliver Headlining Brown Sugar Dance Party

The Dreamtime Divas – Lasey Dunaman and Nova Gina – are set to electrify Brisbane as the headline act at this year’s Brown Sugar dance party on November 30.

The annual event, organised by the gar’ban’djee’lum network and IndigiLez, brings together the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and LGBTIQ+ Sistergirl and Brotherboy communities in a fun, inclusive, relaxed setting to celebrate the rich diversity within our community.

This year’s theme is “All that glitters is gold,” so drag out your old sequinned top, team it up with gold hot pants, some dazzling bling and a generous sprinkling of glitter and you’re all set.

Local performer/icon Steven Oliver will MC the event at the Australian National Hotel in Woolloongabba, with DJ ENN mixing the tunes until the wee hours.

As a World AIDS Day event, Brown Sugar helps raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and positive sexual health.

gar’ban’djee’lum network chairperson, Dion Tatow highlighted this important aspect of Brown Sugar.

“Whilst the rate of HIV diagnosis in the non-Indigenous community decreased in 2017, rates among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people increased,” Tatow said.

“We’d like to see an increase in the uptake of HIV prevention interventions, such as treatment as prevention (TasP) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in our community and Brown Sugar is one avenue for us to promote this.

“The night also gives us the opportunity to celebrate our diverse sexual and gender identities and expressions.”

Organisers have again partnered with the Queensland AIDS Council, Brisbane Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service and Open Doors Youth Service to put on an event that promises to delight, raise awareness and promote inclusiveness.

For the first time, a Kissing Booth will be set up at Brown Sugar, with a “menu” of kisses to choose from and a “kisser” to suit all tastes. Pucker up!

To find out more about the Brown Sugar event, visit the Facebook page here.

Candlelight vigil planned for World AIDS Day

December 1 is globally recognised as World AIDS Day, and it’s commemorated across Australia to remind everyone that HIV remains a health issue, educate on HIV prevention strategies, and fight stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV.

There were 185 new cases of HIV in Queensland in 2017.

A candlelight vigil will will be held on December 1 from 6:45pm on the Queen Street Mall stage, outside Myer to remember all those we have loved and lost to AIDS and related illnesses since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The candlelight vigil is free to attend and no bookings are required. Candles will be provided and an AUSLAN interpreter will be available.

To mark World AIDS Day, from November 26 iconic landmarks around Brisbane and regional Queensland will be lit up in red to mark World AIDS Day.

For more information and the full list of World AIDS Day events in Queensland, visit the website here.

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