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Brisbane Pride Fair celebrating LGBTIQ+ community this weekend

Brisbane Pride Month is wrapping up this weekend with its beloved annual Fair Day.

Celebrating the LGBTIQ+ community, New Farm Park will transform into a colourful playground with stalls, live performances, and a range of exciting street food.

The day will be hosted by local personalities Ella Ganza and Paul Wheeler.

This year’s event will be COVID safe, with physical distancing and other measures in place to ensure health and safety.

The Fair Day marks the 30th year of Queensland’s biggest LGBTIQ+ festival.

Performers will include Chrislyn Hamilton, DJ Dolly Llama, Hey Felicia!, Kirsty Apps, and many more.

“Pride Fair Day is an opportunity for local artists and local community to share a sense of togetherness, a visible united presence that celebrates the fostering of recognising the rights and wellbeing of LGBTIQ+ people, families, and communities,” said Brisbane Pride Festival President Rebecca Johnson.

This month’s events leading up to Fair Day have included film screenings, a dinner celebration, a cooking contest, and a First Nations panel.

Spanish gay romantic comedy Smiley is being performed at Back Dock Arts in Fortitude Valley until 29 November.

“I laughed from the start to the end!” said Johnson.

“If you haven’t seen this performance, it is a must!”

Last week’s Pride Wellness and Resilience online panel presented a discussion of wellbeing for the LGBTIQ+ community, featuring experts from counsellors to advocates.

“[The event] provided a great broad representation of the histories of Brisbane Pride, milestones such as marriage equality, understanding the work still ahead of us for equality, and an amazing lineup of lived experiences and voices that encourage positive living, health, and resilience,” said Johnson.

Saturday’s Fair Day will kick off with a Pride Stride and Pride Ride, before the day runs from 10 am to 3 pm at New Farm Park.

The Story Bridge and Victoria Bridge will be lit up in rainbow colours in the evening.

The Brisbane Bi+ Network will also hold its monthly meetup on Saturday after the Fair Day.

“We all have a role to play to ensure we preserve and promote equality and safe inclusion of all LGBTIQ+ people in the community, workplaces, policy reform, and service access,” said Johnson.

“It is important to challenge inequalities, homophobia, and racism.

“It is important to understand history and how 30 years ago laws and legislation were disempowering and riddled with discrimination.

“LGBTIQ+ children and youth of the future will emerge motivated and committed to continue the fight for equality.

“Events such as Brisbane Pride Festival produce wider participation of people and communities bought together as equals in this fight for recognition, acceptance, and equality.”

Tickets for the Fair Day on Saturday 28 November are available now online for $10, or $20 at the gate.

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