The annual Big Gay Day street festival at the Wickham Hotel last Sunday has resulted in a “big pay day” for the festival’s four charity partners.
Venue manager David McKillop announced that the total monies raised on the day was $32,700.
That equates to a $8175 donation to each of the charities – Australian Transgender Support Association of Queensland (ATSAQ), Brisbane Pride Festival, Open Doors Youth Service Inc. and the Queensland AIDS Council.
“We can say this has been the most successful Big Gay Day ever,” McKillop said.
Earlier this month Coles, owners of the Wickham, announced they would be donating an additional $10,000, split between the four charity partners – which brings the total to $10,675 per charity.
For 18 years Big Gay Day has brought Queensland’s LGBTIQ community and their friends together for a day of entertainment and fundraising, and on March 11 took over an inner-city street with a large main stage set up next to The Wickham Hotel.
Headliners Sneaky Sound System, Samantha Jade and Paulini Curuenavuli took to the stage alongside a lineup of DJs, singers and performers including RuPaul’s Drag Race star Kennedy Davenport and The Voice Australia winner Alfie Arcuri.
In keeping with this Big Gay Day’s theme of “Celebrating Equality,” one lucky couple got engaged on the main stage in front of the thousands of revellers that evening.