Pride Festival celebrates diversity on the Sunshine Coast
  • Friday 21 February 2014

The rainbow flag will fly on the Sunshine Coast this weekend, with the sixth annual Sunshine Coast Pride Festival commencing today (February 21).

Tourism, Sport & Major Events Portfolio Councillor Jason OPray said the festival, one of Queensland’s largest pride events for the gay community, was an important event for the region.

“The Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is a fantastic event which celebrates diversity, provides a fun and supportive environment for the gay community and will donate to Headspace to help support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer youth,” Cr OPray said.

“Council is working towards supporting a sustainable community and events like the Pride Festival, which embrace diversity and give back to the local community, play a critical part in helping achieve this goal.

“Like so many other events on the Coast, this festival will provide a boost for our local economy – performers, members of the gay community, and their friends and families will travel here for this great weekend of celebration.”

Paul Ferguson, chair of the festival’s organising committee, said the theme for this year’s festival was ‘celebrating diversity’.

“It’s about celebrating our differences, as well as common interests, to help overcome ignorance and prejudice and create greater communities enriched by respect, dignity and inclusiveness,” Paul said.

“The entertainment line-up is truly reflective of the LGBTIQ diversity, and I encourage everyone to come along to the family friendly Fair Day at Eumundi tomorrow.”

Other festival events include a film night (7pm tonight, Nambour Arthouse Cinema), Pride After-Party (8pm Saturday, The Reef Hotel Noosa), and Chillout (1pm Sunday, Eumundi Amphitheatre).

Mayor Mark Jamieson contributed $2000 in discretionary funding towards the festival.

Visit www.sunshinecoastpride.com.au for further information about the festival.