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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/

Queens Ball Awards drag queens

Nominations are now open for this year’s Queens Ball Awards, one of the world’s longest-running LGBTIQ events. The 57th Annual Queens Ball Awards will be held at Brisbane City Hall on June 16. Seventeen community awards are on offer this year, and nominations are open until Friday, May 11. Nominations for the awards can be …

There was a time a couple of years back when the LGBTIQ community wasn’t sure if the Wickham Hotel was for them any more. Manager David McKillop.

A couple of years back, when the LGBTIQ community wasn’t sure if the Wickham Hotel was for them any more, “those days are over”, says manager David McKillop. “We are actually a gay venue, but everyone’s welcome. Not the other way around,” he said. It’s true that in its recent history, with the shrinking popularity …

Brisbane pride dykes on bikes same-sex marriage

Indigenous LGBTI leaders led this year’s Brisbane Pride Festival march, kicked off as always by the Dykes on Bikes. The event saw Brunswick Street in Fortitude Valley filled with rainbows on Saturday. Marchers focussed on the issue of the current same-sex marriage postal survey. Before the event, some 10,000 LGBTI community members and supporters heard …

pride memorial garden

Brisbane’s LGBTIQ communities paid their respects to community members no longer with us at a recent day of remembrance. The day featured the annual planting of the Pride Memorial Garden at New Farm Park. With the arches to the park’s entrance draped in rainbow colours, community members planted flowers in the garden to represent lost …

queens ball awards

Brisbane City Hall never looked so fabulous as for the 54th annual Queens Ball Awards this week. Brisbane’s LGBT community gathered to recognise the people and groups who work so hard for our community’s benefit. The night saw the hall decked out with rainbow flags both inside and out. Organisers also lit up the hall’s …

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