Pride festival first of its kind for the Gladstone Region

Pride festival first of its kind for the Gladstone Region

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Rainbow on the Reef, the Gladstone Region’s LGBTQIA+ organisation, has announced their inaugural Pride Festival will take place from June 10 to 12 this year.

The event will be a celebration of pride unlike anything seen before in the region, with the exciting festival program co-designed using feedback from a community survey.

Rainbow on the Reef President Heather Richards said the survey, launched May last year, received over 200 responses from across Queensland.

These results were collated and reviewed at an event planning session in October, which the wider community was invited to participate in.

“The survey reached a really diverse range of community members, and the responses have provided clear directions for our team to work with,” Heather said.

“The event planning is continuing with regular community meetings held, where we collaborate to co-design and deliver each element of the festival.

“It really will be for our community, by our community!”

Heather said Rainbow on the Reef also recently launched their first Sponsorship Prospectus, available to organisations and businesses who wish to explore opportunities to support the Pride 2022 Festival.

“We have come together to help nurture a culture of pride in identity and diversity for the Gladstone Region and beyond,” Heather said.

“We invite organisations and businesses that share these values to review our prospectus, and explore opportunities to support the event through sponsorship to help bring our community’s vision to life.”

The Rainbow on the Reef Board is also inviting LGBTQIA+ community members, their friends, families, and allies to come along to their community meetings.

“We would love for some additional volunteers to come on board. There are opportunities to suit any level of commitment and skill set,” Heather said.

“It is a great opportunity to be part of something big and meaningful for our community.”

The three-day Rainbow on the Reef Pride Festival 2022 will launch on June 10, and promises to accelerate and celebrate pride across the weekend.

“Save the date, and follow us on Instagram or Facebook. We have some big announcements coming up that we are very excited to share,” Heather said.

For more information email rainbowonthereef@gmail.com.