Brisbane’s Rainbow Hub is a social group offering international queer students in Brisbane a safe, happy space. At the Hub, students can celebrate identity and diversity without discrimination or judgement. Students will join the LUMINOUS Lantern Parade this year.
Together with regular events at the Hub, the students participate in large social events throughout the year.
For the purpose of celebration and visibility, this year the students are joining Brisbane’s LUMINOUS Lantern Parade for the first time.
Organisers expect more than 15,000 people in the 12th annual parade through the South Bank precinct on Friday, June 7.
The LUMINOUS Lantern Parade celebrates Queensland Week with a colourful tribute to the strength of the city’s diversity and multiculturalism.
This year, the Brisbane event will feature more than 50 larger-than-life handcrafted lanterns. Additionally, hundreds of individual marchers will carry smaller lanterns. Afterwards, the parade attendees will enjoy a concert of diverse music and dance at the Cultural Forecourt.
Last week, Louise Kane from Rainbow Hub told QN Magazine said the students were excited to join the parade for the first time.
“Queer international students come to Brisbane from every continent except Antarctica,” she said.
“Their home countries have varying attitudes to LGBTIQ people. They range from tolerance through societal disapproval to judicial or extrajudicial threats to life and liberty.
“Therefore, the Rainbow Hub is all about providing a welcoming and queer home away from home.
“For many of the students, it provides opportunities beyond anything available in their home country.”
More details of the LUMINOUS parade are available at the website here.
Find out more about the Rainbow Hub at their Facebook page here.
Rainbow Hub nominated at the 2019 Queens Ball Awards
As a result of their community contribution, the Rainbow Hub is nominated for Community Support Group of the Year at Brisbane Pride’s Queen’s Ball Awards this year.
The awards ceremony will be held on Satuday, June 15. Voting for the awards is open now at the Brisbane Pride website here.
Formerly, QN Magazine featured the Rainbow Hub on the cover of issue #471. That issue featured some of the gay male students in a magnificent photo by Nickoly Oliveira.
Next up, our 21 June cover will feature the lesbian version of that photograph with four magnificent female students.
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