Nova Gina – Outback Pride: the Cunnamulla Mardi Gras Ball

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Faboriginal drag star Nova Gina headed 800 kilometres west last week for a performance in the isolated Queensland town of Cunnamulla. Nova starred in the town’s inaugural Mardi Gras ball.

Anna Murphy from Lifeline Darling Downs told the ABC the Cunnamulla event aimed to promote the acceptance of queer relationships in the outback. She also hoped to increase awareness of domestic violence in same-sex relationships and address social isolation and homophobia.

“[The ball] will shine a light.

“And what we want to show is that these people are supported in our communities.

“We need to move forward as we are in 2022, everyone is an individual, and we are all human.”

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Activist, performer, and all-round bloody legend Nova Gina said that as a young person in rural NSW, she experienced a breakdown while coming to terms with her sexuality.

“It was obvious to a lot of people, and [I was] not realising myself; I was quite camp as a young boy.

“I don’t want other kids having to go through that, and thinking they’re some kind of freak.

“It just isn’t fair — it’s a set-up for failure.”

The former Miss First Nations is both a fierce performer and a dedicated activist, committed to promoting visibility, hope and acceptance. So, along with glamour, Nova Gina went west with a message of hope and acceptance.

“Acceptance is what it should be all about.

“There is nothing wrong with [you].

“Every day people are allowed to get on with their lives, so we’re allowed to do the same.”

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