Members of the newly-formed Ipswich Pride group have travelled to Brisbane to make their big debut in the capital city’s Pride March.
The Brisbane Pride Festival’s annual March and Fair Day went ahead on Saturday, October 30.
Thousands turned out to march along Brunswick Street in Brisbane, and more than 3600 people attended this year’s Fair Day in New Farm Park.
Among them were a bus of the new group’s members, friends and family who travelled from Ipswich to march for the first time and enjoy Fair Day.
Ipswich Pride organiser Bee explained the new group started around six months ago.
“Before that, a group of us regularly got together in Ipswich. But due to Covid restrictions, attendance really dropped,” she said.
“We came together and started brainstorming the best way to ensure Ipswich does have an LGBTIQ+ Brotherboy and Sistergirl space.
“Around four or five months ago we decided we’d form Ipswich Pride.”
Bee explained that unfortunately, Ipswich’s history of homophobic politicians had given the region a bad rap.
“There really hasn’t been a lot of visibility out here for our community,” she said.
“But we want to start moving Ipswich forward. We want to work towards it being more of an inclusive place for our community.”
This year the group received one of Brisbane Pride’s annual community grants. It helped fund the group’s transport to make their debut in the Brisbane parade.
Ipswich Pride getting support from local leaders
Ipswich Pride organiser Bee said back home, the city’s council had been very supportive of helping the group develop events.
The organisers of SPARK Ipswich, the city’s major arts and culture festival, also hope to collaborate Ipswich Pride next year, she said.
“Eventually, we do want to look at holding our own larger events, but we’re taking small steps at the moment,” Bee said.
“We’re looking at starting a market stall at Ipswich’s Handmade Expo markets.
“We want to be visible within the community so people can have a yarn with us and get to know what we’re about.”
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