Brisbane community group Wendybird has invited all members of the LGBTIQ community and their friends to join them for a special holiday season get-together this Saturday 21 December.
The Found Family Festivities will be held from noon to 4:30 pm at the West End Croquet Club.
The social day will feature a barbecue, crafts, and sprinklers and paddle pools for kids (and the rest of us) to keep cool in the summer heat.
“We know that for many LGBTIQ people this can be a particularly difficult time of year as many of us are disconnected from our families and communities of origin,” said the organisers.
“We invite you to come along to the ‘found family’ of Wendybird, to celebrate the intentional connections and relationships which make up our families of choice.
“We would like to welcome all people in our broad and diverse LGBTIQ community, and our allies and loved ones, to spend the afternoon with us.
“This is a non-denominational, non-religious event and we encourage people regardless of your faith or spirituality to celebrate our community.”
Part of the afternoon will involve the opportunity to make a custom snow globe as a gift – anyone wanting to participate is asked to bring a clean glass jar with a lid and a meaningful item to add to the snow globe.
Food will include a sausage sizzle with vegetarian options and hot and cold drinks.
Guests may bring a festive dish or snack to share, and gold coin donations are welcome to cover costs of refreshments and venue hire.
“Wendybird is a community group that is all about connecting people with each other in a more meaningful way,” the organisers said.
“We are actively building a community for meaningful connection for people who are diverse in their sex, sexuality or gender identity, and we want you to be a part of it!
“Wendybird is an all-ages, family-friendly and all-inclusive event.”
Everyone is welcome at the holiday celebration, even those who may not have been involved with Wendybird before.
More details of the event are available on Facebook.