Brisbane Pride Inc

Gavan Bright

Brisbane Pride Festival started in 1990 as a means of organising and promoting public events and activities that contribute to queer culture. The first event was held as a Rally and March through the streets of Brisbane, ending with a small gathering…


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Brisbane Pride Festival started in 1990 as a means of organising and promoting public events and activities that contribute to queer culture. The first event was held as a Rally and March through the streets of Brisbane, ending with a small gathering at Musgrave Park, South Brisbane. This day has now grown to encompass a Parade through the city streets and a huge Fair Day.

For 13 years the Festival was run by a collective and in 2002 was Incorporated. Pride is now the state’s largest and the country’s third largest Gay and Lesbian event, attracting more than 50 000 Festival-goers over a four week period in the clear and sunny winter month of June each year.

The Festival is a celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender culture through the arts, sporting, community and political events. The Pride Festival aims to bring lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of Brisbane together. In the process, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community unites – and through the media, advertising and public visibility, their profile within the wider community grows.

Pride Fair Day is the main event with more than 25,000 attending. The Festival is an inclusive, community-based celebration run by Brisbane Pride Inc, a non-profit organisation operated by a voluntary board /working committee, assisted by a trusty band of volunteers.

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