Brisbane Pride Festival moved its Pride Month to September in 2011 to allow for a month of celebrations commemorating pride, unity and community, during Brisvegas' glorious spring weather. Brisbane Pride Month occurs annually with a diverse range of dozens of events hosted and partnered by the Brisbane Pride Festival and other groups within the LGBTIQA community. By the way, Brisbane Pride Festival is the third largest in Australia behind only Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Melbourne's Midsumma Festival.
The month kicks off with the official launch party and also includes the annual Pride March and Pride Fair Day on Saturday 21 September. There are many other events to attend, and most of them are free. You can get more details at the Brisbane Pride website or here is my unofficial Pride Guide. Enjoy!
On Sunday 8 September 2019 from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon at Backbone Youth Arts, 38 Lytton Road, Brisbane. This fun day out is hosted by Rainbow Families Queensland and is absolutely FREE for all rainbow families to celebrate. Go and get wet, with the launch of Rainbow Families' new childcare and health services resources on the day. There's also heaps for the bigger kids too:
Aunty Dawn Daylight's welcome to country
Coffee and pastries available for purchase
Velcro sticky wall
Toddler's jumping castle
seed bomb workshops
FREE rainbow-coloured snow-cones
Info posters and leaflets.
Bring your cossies and prepare to get wet and wild. Brand new "I Love My Rainbow Family" shirts, badges, and bumper stickers will be for sale. This event is for LGBTQ families and allies. All families with children identifying anywhere on the rainbow are welcome. On-street parking is available in nearby streets, and Mowbray Park terminal is right outside. The organisers apologise that although the venue is wheelchair accessible, unfortunately, their toilet is not.
On 10.00 am, Saturday 21 September. Show your support for the LGBTI community by joining in the Pride March and Rally from Fortitude Valley. Bring friends and family along to march with you to New Farm Park. After a few speeches, the March will make its way down Brunswick Street through the Valley to the Park where the Fair Day playground awaits. The Brisbane Pride Festival Rally and March is a tradition going back nearly 30 years. With its roots in community protest, the Rally and March have evolved into a demonstration of unity and inclusivity, with more than 10,000 people participating each year.
My Top Reasons to Attend the Rally and/or Fair:
Meet great people and expand your network.
Support your LGBTI friends, family, colleagues.
Enjoy live performances and music.
Have food and drinks at the Fair or in New Farm's quaint cafes.
Pride Fair Day This year's Pride Fair Day will take place on Saturday 21 September from 11.00 am until 6.00 pm. New Farm Park will be turned into one big, proud, all-ages family-friendly playground, complete with live music, performances, food and drinks, community stalls, special events, competitions and lots more.
Queer Films At West End Library (upstairs) on Thursday 12 September at 6.30 pm. If you haven't seen it yet, make sure you go along to see Bohemian Rhapsody (M, 134 minutes)), an award-winning bio-pic from 2018. You've probably already seen it, and loved it like I did, but this is a special free screening for you to enjoy with friends, so go see it again and thank me later. It's the true story of the iconic rock band Queen, fronted by legendary Freddie Mercury in the lead up to their famous Live Aid performance. RIP Freddie - It was a sad day when the music died.
Go along to Brisbane Square Library for a delightful afternoon of stories and songs from the Brisbane Pride Choir and friends. They are celebrating 20 years of performing together for the community. I have been to a couple of their performances and I can attest to just how good they really are. You can hear them from 5.30 pm to 6.15 pm on Friday 13 September. Yes, Friday the 13th - but not scary at all. Quite the opposite, as you will be warmly welcomed.
Rainbow Families Storytime At Brisbane Square Library on Saturday 14 September from 11.30 am to 12 .00 noon you can enjoy storytime celebrating family and diversity. LGBTIQ -themed stories will feature families, community and friendship. It is ideal for children aged under 5 years old, but all are welcome to this free event.
Gorgeous Darling (image by May Cross)
Drag Queen Storytime At Brisbane Square Library on Sunday 15 September from 12.00 noon to 12.45 pm. This fabulous afternoon with Vollie Lavington and Mr McRage is hosted by Rainbow Families Queensland and Brisbane City Council. These two gorgeous Brisbane drag queens will share stories of love and families, and embrace diversity with a dash of sequins, darling. Suitable for all ages. Although this is a free event, bookings are required so phone 07 3403 4166 to reserve places.
At New Farm Library on Monday 16 September from 6.30 to 8.30 pm. During Pride Month, you can enjoy reading and discussing a variety of queer texts with this special interest group. Titles selected for September are Alias by Cari Hunter, Dead Man's Hand by Mark Lock and The Hippopotamus by Stephen Fry.