The Wickham Hotel and Big Gay Day have announced that this year’s festival has raised $40,000 to be distributed to six local LGBTIQ organisations, with over 2,800 people at this year’s event.
Last Sunday (March 10), the event again took over the venue and its neighbouring street in Fortitude Valley, transforming it into an inclusive street festival featuring a lineup of musical and drag performers.
The money raised from this year’s event will be split between six local organisations: the Australian Transgender Support Association Queensland, the Queensland AIDS Council, Brisbane Pride, Open Doors Youth Service, counselling service Diverse Voices and the LGBTI Legal Service.
“These funds will support vital LGBTQIA+ community services, assisting organisations that often receive little to no funding,” the Big Gay Day team said on Friday.
“The Big Gay Day team would like to thank all 2,800 of our festival-goers that helped us reach this goal and supported the event.
“The hotel and street were filled with positivity, love and a whole lot of pride!”
Brisbane-born pop duo The Veronicas headlined the 19th annual Big Gay Day this year, joined by The Voice Australia star Sheldon Riley, Aussie songstress Emily Williams, Melbourne artist Maribelle, synth-pop duo The Marion Cranes and punk band Being Jane Lane.
Big Gay Day also featured a special drag extravaganza on its main stage featuring over 30 local drag stars, with DJ Kitty Glitter, DJ Harry K, DJ Jamez Brown, DJ DZYR, DJ ENN and DJ Vincible rounding out the 2019 event’s entertainment lineup.
The Big Gay Day team have also announced that the all-ages spinoff event Little Gay Day, held for the first time last year, will return on October 6 to fundraise for LGBTQIA+ youth.