For the first time in the 25 year history of the Brisbane Pride Festival, Queensland Police officers will be allowed to march in the parade wearing their uniforms.
Despite other states allowing their police officers to officially take park in other pride parades for many years, Queensland Police hierarchy have long resisted lifting the ban despite numerous requests from officers wishing to participate.
This years Brisbane Pride Festival Parade & Fair Day will be held on Saturday September 19.
Speaking with Fairfax Media, Queensland Police commissioner Ian Stewart said the lifting of the ban was long overdue.
“In other states, police regularly are involved in those marches to show support and to show that we are a diverse community ourselves,” Commissioner Stewart said.
“So when I was asked if members of the organisation could march in uniform off duty, I readily gave my support after I’d consulted with the unions and they were very supportive as well, as they should be.”
The Pride Rally & March is scheduled to begin at 10:00am, Saturday 19 September on the corner of Ann and Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley before the Pride march makes its way towards New Farm Park for the Fair Day celebrations which will once again feature two stages of entertainment including the Mr and Ms Pride competitions, Brisbane’s best DJs and the ever popular Pet Parade.
For more information about the Pride parade, Fair Day, and all other Brisbane Pride Festival Events, visit www.brisbanepride.org.au.