The inaugural Gold Coast Pride Festival is underway, celebrating the diverse LGBTIQ community with a range of inclusive events, including dramatic skydiving marriage proposals.
The festival kicks off on Sunday with a Genderfluid Picnic in Tallebudgera, featuring a guided scenic creek walk and fun for all ages.
During the week, community members can join group outings to Movie World theme park and the delightfully camp Dracula’s Cabaret at Broadbeach.
Adults-only Paint ‘N’ Sip events will let participants create their own art to a house music soundtrack over a wine or two.
This Friday 28 May will see a massive party on a luxury super-yacht featuring two bars, lounge areas, a stage, and a dancefloor.
On the weekend, a Pride March will be held along Surfers Paradise Beach on Saturday 29 May.
Plenty of rainbows are expected, with marchers encouraged to dress up in their most fabulous outfits and bring pride flags and signs.
Sunday 30 May will close the festival with a family-friendly Pride Beach Party at Kirra Beach from 11 am.
The day will feature community and market stalls, food, bars, and local DJs on the main stage.
That morning, couples will skydive for unique airborne marriage proposals above the crowd.
Drag performers will also compete for the title of Miss Gold Coast in a pageant on the beach.
Event details are available on Facebook.
Gold Coast Pride director Danni Zuvel told QNews that the festival is offering something for everyone in a safe space to gather, connect, and enjoy entertainment.
“We’ve put this festival program together with this in mind, with a mix of different types of events up and down our gorgeous Gold Coast,” she said.
The festival has been organised by new non-profit group Gold Coast Rainbow Communities.
Organisers said that the brand-new festival is the “jewel in the rainbow crown” of the Gold Coast LGBTIQ community.
The festival follows last week’s IDAHOBIT and comes ahead of international Pride Month in June.