Brisbane Pride to donate $13,000 to Kal Collins Memorial Fund

Brisbane Pride are excited to announce that they will donate $13,000 from this year’s Pride Fair Day to the Kal Collins Memorial Fund in 2014. Eligible organisations will  be able to apply for up to $2,000 to undertake projects designed to promote and support mental health and well being in the LGBTQI community. Further details, including how to apply, will be announced shortly.

New Committee elected at AGM

A new Brisbane Pride Committee was elected at a very well attended AGM held at Cloudlands on 19 February 2014. Positions for the General Committee were hotly contested by over a dozen enthusiastic and impressive members. The 2014 Committee consists of:

President – Peter Black

Vice President – Shaz Gerchow

Secretary – Scott Cobine

Treasurer – Aschleigh Peering

General Committee – Jake Harrison, Kyle Hogan, Nicole Brown, Boyd Liggitt, Michael James, Adrian Poole, Scott Cawston, Kobi Cooke, Drew Thomas, Mario Simon, Angelique Frost and Neil McLucas.

The new committee would like to thank the following outgoing members of the 2013 committee for their dedication and hard work over the previous year: Deeje Hancock, Paul Kratzmann, Kaz Spero, Sharon Mulheron, Ben Reimers and Kat Elliot-Harris.

Besides the election of the Committee, it was agreed to introduce a number of new memberships and, with the adoption of a new ticketing and membership system, increase individual memberships to $25 (while improving the benefits to members). A new, updated Constitution  was adopted and details of a $13,000 donation to the Kal Collins Memorial Fund announced.

After the meeting was concluded, members enjoyed drinks and canapes with past and present Committee members.

 

 

Opening Gala A Success, BCC Pledges $21,000 in Funding

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The Brisbane Pride Festival Opening Gala was a success with all attending loving the night. There were some amazing heartfelt speeches from members of our community, talking about what “pride” and the Pride Festival mean to them.

Ricki Menzies spoke of what volunteering means for the community and what the recognition of the hard work of our volunteers means for them. Colin Micale spoke of the older community. Frank Croucher spoke of the recognition of alternative sub-cultures. Donna Goddard had the crowd in tears as she explain the pride she has in her children. Jaxxon Chilli provided a personal account of how the community embraced him during the Pride Festival.

Former Senator Bob Brown spoke of overcoming the prejudice he faced in his political career and personal life. He reiterated the importance of fighting for what is right and not just what is easy. The crowd applauded at various points has he engaged with atmosphere of the night.

Central Ward Cr Vicki Howard officially opened the night and spoke of the pride in her son. In the biggest announcement of the night she pledged that the Brisbane City Council will fund the Brisbane Pride Festival to the tune of $21,000 over three years ($7000 per year for the next three years). This received loud applause from the room and the month of Pride was official open.

To see photos from the night, visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BrisbanePride/posts/594143150642555

Festival Gala Opening Party: August 30th @ Cloudland

Show your True Colours at Brisbane Pride Festival Opening Party.

The 2013 Brisbane Pride Festival is set to launch with a rainbow bang at this year’s opening party. Themed ‘Colour The Rainbow’ This year’s launch will be held will be held on August 30th in The Alice Room at Cloudland.

Kicking off at 6.30 come along, join the party and celebrate the opening of Brisbane Pride Festival with drinks, nibbles and music till Midnight.

With this year’s Festival theme being ‘True Colours’  the opening party is the perfect time to dress up in your most colourful outfits. Think bright, think colourful, think ‘Colour the Rainbow’ and ‘Show Your True Colours’.

Prices are $55 for members (memberships available for $20 at brisbanepridefestival.com.au/memberships and include free entry to this year’s historic first Fair Day at New Farm Park)

Or $65 for non members .

Including a two hour basic drinks package and nibbles and awesome entertainment by The Kate Mackie Duo, This year’s launch party is the perfect way to start off your Brisbane Pride Month, so come along…Celebrate the opening of your Festival and most of all…..Have Fun!

Tickets are available on line at

brisbanepridefestival.com.au/2013-pride-festival/opening

or in person at The Sportsman Hotel

If you wish to volunteer for event at this year’s Brisbane Pride Festival please log your interest at

brisbanepridefestival.com.au/about/volunteering

For further info:

Deeje Hancock
0419 034 865
presidentofpride@gmail.com.

New Farm Park the new home of Pride Fair Day

Brisbane Pride Festival Association is proud to announce that this year’s Pride Fair Day will be held at New Farm Park on Saturday 21st September 2013.

This is an exciting development for Brisbane Pride Festival and after review of this year’s Fair it is hoped that New Farm Park may become the new home of Brisbane Pride Fair Day for the foreseeable future.

The move from Perry Park was necessitated by a lack of facilities such as water, electricity and shade, and with thanks to the support of Councillor for Central Ward, Vicki Howard, council parks officers and New Farm United Jr Soccer club, the Brisbane Pride Festival Association was able to negotiate this momentous move to what will hopefully be a new home for the fair.

It is anticipated that the Rally will be held in the area of Brunswick Street, between Ann and McLachlan Streets, and the march will head straight down Brunswick Street to New Farm Park.

Brisbane Pride Festival Association Committee sees this as a positive move to a new home with great facilities and centrally available to all members of our community with more than adequate public transport via busses and river cats. The positioning of the anticipated site for the rally and the march route of Brunswick street will only serve to gain our community day greater visibility for the future and serve to encourage people to come and watch the parade, go to Fair Day and enjoy this amazing event.

Expressions of interest for stall holders are now being taken at the following link from Brisbane Pride Festival Website http://brisbanepridefestival.com.au/2013-pride-festival