Two regional Western Australian cities are planning to hold their very first LGBTI festivals in the coming weeks.
The small WA town of Margaret River, three hours south of Perth, will hold its inaugural “Margi Gras” celebration next weekend.
The free festival event will be held at Margaret River Cultural Centre Lawns on February 10, before an afterparty inside the centre that evening.
Organisers have planned music, entertainment and a drag competition on offer, with Perth drag queens Scarlet Adams, Veronica Jean Jones, Katya Kokov, Perri Oxide and Donna Kebab performing at the festival.
Margi Gras founder Rebecca Hannan (pictured above, second from left) will also take part in the Margaret River region’s first public same-sex marriage at the event.
“I will be legally marrying my wife of 13 years at Margi Gras,” she told The Margaret River Mail.
“We had a commitment ceremony in 2005, so while we feel married in every sense, however, our union isn’t recognised by law — yet.”
More information about the Margi Gras is available from the event’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the city of Busselton, located 230 km south of Perth, is planning its inaugural Pride festival for March 24.
The event will be held at the ArtGeo complex and feature entertainment including drag performers, burlesque acts, and music including Perth band The Tommyhawks.
OUT South West committee member Helen Robinson told The West Australian LGBTIQ events were important for the region to help people connect and build resilience in the community.
“It shows people in the LGBTIQ community that they’re not alone and they have someone to relate to,” she said.
Busselton local Nic Hendry said this year will be an important time to bring the community together after the divisiveness of the marriage equality debate.
“They offer a chance for people in the LGBTQI community to build networks in the region and promote coexistence between everyone,” he told the West Australian.
More details are available from the Busselton Pride Facebook page.
(Photo via Facebook)