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Brisbane Pride Festival supporting community events with grants

The Brisbane Pride Festival has opened applications for grants to support community groups celebrating the city’s Pride Month in November.

The month of celebrations features Brisbane’s annual Pride March and Fair Day.

Usually held in September, Brisbane Pride has this year been moved to November due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community groups are invited to apply for small grants of up to $2,000 each to support LGBTIQ+ pride events during the month.

“All creative event ideas should be a colourful activity that unifies a visible presence of LGBTIQ+, Sistergirl, and Brotherboy people celebrating pride and resilience,” said Brisbane Pride organisers.

Both virtual and in-person events will be considered for grants, with physical distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures paramount.

The Brisbane Pride Festival recently announced the rescheduled Pride Month.

“The health and safety of all LGBTIQ+, Sistergirl, and Brotherboy people is paramount to the decisions associated with conducting a 2020 Rally and Fair Day,” said president Bec Johnson, QNews reported.

“[Moving the events to November] will allow the committee to develop and plan for both face-to-face and online events, depending on where Queensland is at with COVID.

“We all feel disappointed about the interruptions that COVID has brought us.

“[But] we feel confident that this decision is the best way to move forward in protecting the health and safety of our communities.”

As Brisbane Pride celebrates 30 years since its inception, Johnson acknowledged the work of local LGBTIQ+ activists and elders over the years.

This year’s festival is among hundreds around the world that have been postponed or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organisers said that the health and wellbeing of participants will be critical in planning all events during Pride Month.

Applications for Brisbane Pride Festival grants are open until next Monday 31 August.

Full criteria and the application form are available online now.

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