Brisbane’s LGBTIQ community organised the first Brisbane Pride Festival in 1990. They began the festival for the promotion of public events and activities that celebrated queer culture. Also they wished to raise the visibility of the LGBTIQ communities.
Originally, they held a rally and gay pride march through the streets of Brisbane.
The march ended with a small celebration at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane.
An LGBTIQ collective ran the event until incorporation in 2002.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer
The events organised by Pride celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, intersex and queer culture through the arts, sporting, political and community events.
Additionally, the Pride Festival aims to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of Brisbane together. Public visibility of the LGBTIQ communities promotes acceptance of homosexuality within the wider community.
The organisation holds two main events every year to celebrate LGBTIQ Pride.
Pride March and Fair Day
The Brisbane Pride Festival involves a Pride March down Brunswick St. The march begins in Fortitude Valley and ends at New Farm Park.
Marchers then attend the Pride Fair Day in New Farm Park.
Queens Ball Awards
The organisation also organises and hosts the annual Queens Ball.
Formerly the Queen’s Birthday Ball, the event changed name in recent years. When the government moved the Queen’s Birthday long weekend later in the year, the organisation dropped the word ‘birthday’.
Currently Brisbane Pride hold the event in June each year at Brisbane City Hall.
It features community awards for individuals and organisations who have made an outstanding contribution to their community.
The Brisbane Pride website is https://brisbanepride.org.au/
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