Hundreds of Moreton Bay locals, including business leaders, Councillors and school children have created a human pride flag to celebrate the launch of Moreton Bay PrideFest.
Held on Saturday 10 June 2023, Moreton Bay PrideFest will coincide with World Pride Month and celebrate region’s growing LGBTQIA+ community.
Moreton Bay local Courtney Act will headline the entertainment, which will also include Sneaky Sound System, Thelma Plum, DJ Havana Brown and DJ Harry K and the Fluffy Superstars.
Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism CEO, Shane Newcombe said PrideFest will highlight the support services and networks available to the LGBTQIA+ community.
“Moreton Bay PrideFest has a vision to make the region a happier, healthier, safer and more culturally rich and diverse place for the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Mr Newcombe.
“The event will empower current and future generations to be their true selves and feel accepted and proud of who they are, regardless of their gender identify or sexuality.”
Moreton Bay Regional Council Mayor, Cr Peter Flannery said he wanted Moreton Bay to be a place where everyone felt accepted and included for who they are.
“This is a community celebration, so I hope to see a broad cross-section from our whole community turning out to not only support our LGBTQIA+ community but also enjoy a stellar line-up of superstar performers,” said Cr Flannery.
“It will be an explosion of colour, music, dance, and comedy like nothing Moreton Bay has ever seen – but there’s a serious purpose to this party amid all the celebrations.
“Young LGBTI people are five times more likely to attempt suicide than their peers and transgender people are 15 times more likely to attempt suicide.
“That’s something that has to change, so we will be donating $5 from the sale of every ticket to assist Headspace and help them deliver their important outreach programs.
“In fact, here in Moreton Bay one-in-three young people who use Headspace services come from the LGBTQIA+ community. By coming along to PrideFest you will help this great charity to support people in our community,” said Cr Flannery.
Moreton Bay PrideFest is organised by Moreton Bay Region Industry & Tourism on behalf of Moreton Bay Regional Council.
Moreton Bay PrideFest will donate a portion of ticket sales to Moreton Bay and South East Queensland LGBTQIA+ charities and organisations.
The 2023 MoretonBay PrideFest will take place on Saturday 10 June. For more information, visit: www.moretonbaypridefest.com.au for details.
Image: Launch of the Moreton Bay PrideFest (supplied)