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Brisbane Pride Festival 2018

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A month-long celebration of all things LGBTIQA, Brisbane Pride Festival plays hosts to dozens of events across September each year. Brisbane Pride Festival is the third largest in Australia, behind only Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Melbourne's Midsumma Festival. You will suffer FOMO if you don't go. Come and help celebrate Pride Festival 2018 to build a more inclusive Brisbane.

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Pride Month
Join in during September for the annual Pride Month. The formal launch evening is on 7 September and takes things to a whole new level. The Launch Party is on 8 September and will be a free street party extravaganza.

Qweens on King
This event is a celebration of life, love and commitment. The electorate that had the highest 'yes' vote (YAY) in the marriage equality survey in 2017 is going to be transformed into a street garden party. Eight couples will tie the knot in public in King Street at Bowen Hills with the best of Brisbane's gay performers. Wear your best wedding/garden/queer costume and join in the dancing. Have a gay time on Saturday 8 September from 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm as part of the launch of the 29th annual Brisbane Pride Festival in conjunction with Brisbane Festival.

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Qweens on King (image by May Cross)

Rainbow Rhapsody
You can celebrate the second weekend of spring with this free afternoon from the "Bands in Park" series of concerts. On Sunday 9 September from 12 noon to 3.00 pm in New Farm Park, 137 Sydney Street, it will have you tapping your toes. Experience great rhythms from Garland to Gaga with some of Brisbane's favourite concert and brass musicians. Bands featured include Brisbane Brass marching band, Queensland Wind and Brass and South East Queensland Big Band. There'll be delicious food from Brisbane's best food trucks or why not bring a picnic and make a day of it? No booking is required - just turn up and have a ball. Details at Rainbow Rhapsody.

The Brisbane Pride Festival Rally and March is a tradition going back 27 years. With its roots in community protest, the rally and march have evolved into a demonstration of unity and inclusivity. More than 10,000 people participated last year. The parade kicks off at 10.00 am on Saturday 22 September 2018. Gather at Brunswick Street between Ann Street and McLachlan Street. After some short speeches, the march will make its way down Brunswick Street through the Valley to New Farm Park, where the Fair Day playground awaits you and your friends.

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(image from organiser's website)

Annual Brisbane Pride Festival Fair Day
After the rally and march, the Fair Day will be happening at New Farm Park. From 11.00 am to 6.00 pm the park will be turned into one big proud playground, complete with live music and roving performances, local talent, food and drinks of course, a fabulous array of community stalls, special events, competitions and more. This year is special as it is the first Fair Day since the passing of marriage equality. Get your tickets for the Fair Day here. Ticket prices are from $11.38 to $53.58.

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Queerstories (image from Powerhouse website)

This show was sold out at the Brisbane Comedy Festival and is being brought back to Brisbane by Powerhouse Museum. In Sydney, Queerstories has been performing to packed houses every month for over a year, bringing storytellers from all walks of life to the stage. Host Maeve Marsden (watch out for her new book) and some of Queensland's best LGBTIQA storytellers bring you an evening of tall tales and true, pride, prejudice, love and banter. It features Artistic Director Fez Fa-anana, actor Steven Oliver, musician and radio presenter Eddie Ayres, one of my favourite Brisbane authors Krissy Kneen, and photographer Ali Choudhry. Funny, moving and engaging, the stories will surprise and delight you. This show won the Best Spoken Word Award at the Sydney Fringe Festival. Join in on Thursday 13 Setember at 7.00 pm for fabulous fun. For further detail and tickets ($29.00)click here

Brisbane Pride Choir: Our Story
You may also enjoy this choir during September. The Brisbane Pride Choir is a community choir made up of LGBTIQ-friendly people, who have shared songs and stories around Australia and the world for the last two decades. The choir invites you to join in for a FREE afternoon of songs and stories as they mark the start of their 20th anniversary performing for the community. I have been lucky to hear both the Brisbane Pride Choir and one in Sydney. Beautiful sounds and friendships.
Saturday 1 September from 1.00 to 1.45 pm at Garden City Library (Ph 07 3403 7745).
Saturday 15 September from 1.30 pm to 2.15 pm at Brisbane Square Library (Ph 07 3403 4166).

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Meet Eddie Ayres (image from ABC Website)

Meet Eddie Ayres
This is an extraordinary story. Emma was a successful musician, played in the HK Philharmonic Orchestra and presented an ABC Classic FM radio show. But she was depressed about her gender, quit her job, and taught music in Afghanistan. Then she realised her true dream and became Eddie. He has written a remarkable autobiography: Danger Music. Join him in conversation with Frances Whiting where he will discuss his life and book. Danger Music is in the Top 40 Book Club Reads by Brisbane Libraries for 2018. Meet him in Brisbane Square Library on 12 September from 6.00 to 7.00 pm. Although this is a free session as part of the Lord Mayor's Writer's in Residence series, bookings are essential as places are limited. Phone 07 3403 4166. Books will be available for purchase on the night or bring your own copy for Eddie to sign (and get a selfie with him).

Queer Films
See Almost Adults (2016 M) which is a film about growing up. Two best friends' relationship strains when one deals with her newfound sexuality and the other one with the break up with her long-term boyfriend. It will be screened free upstairs at the West End Library (Ph 07 3403 8620) on 13 September at 6.30 pm and runs for 90 minutes.

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(image from Brisbane Pride fb)

Queer Readers
This book group will read and discuss Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz, The Life and death of Sophie Stark by Anna North and Goodwood by Holly Throsby. All are welcome at New Farm Library (Ph 07 3403 1062) on 17 September from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.

Rainbow Families Storytime
Enjoy a storytime celebrating family diversity in support of Brisbane Pride Festival. Stories will focus on families which have two mothers or two fathers. It is suitable for children aged 2 to 5 years old. You can hear the stories at Mount Ommaney Library (Ph 07 3407 7010) on Tuesday 25 September, during school holidays, from 2.30 pm to 3.00 pm.

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Pole Dancer (image by May Cross)

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