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Brisbane Pride Festival hits this September

This year’s Brisbane Pride Festival will run from August 31 until September 30 and comes just as the weather hots up in Australia’s ‘sunshine state’
Last year's Brisbane Pride Fair Day

The 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival celebrates the LGBT family through September this year, beginning with a launch party on the night of August 31.

This year’s theme for the festival is ‘We are family,’ which Brisbane Pride Festival president Deeje Hancock said was about celebrating a sense of community.

‘We want to celebrate all that is wonderful and wild about our community, and we have a fantastic array of events that reflect the interests of our diverse queer community,’ Hancock told the Gay News Network.

The 2012 Brisbane Pride Festival will launch with a Gala Black and White themed party in the Mirra bar of the Sportsman Hotel in Spring Hill from 7pm on Friday August 31.

The all-included $80 a head event will last for three hours, hosted by Miss Synthetique with music by Jules Woo.

On September 3 the Sportsman Hotel will host a Big Queer Debate from 7pm to 8.30pm and entry is free.

On September 6, Queensland’s LGBTI Legal Service will hold a special fundraiser screening of The Cure – an Australian documentary looking inside the ex-gay movement. Director Heather Corkhill will answer questions about the film in a Q & A session following the screening at the Tribal Theater on Brisbane’s George Street. Tickets are $20.

Members of the LGBT business community can network at the Fruits with a Twist drinks event on September 7 at St Pauls Tavern in Spring Hill from 6pm to 9.30pm. Entry is $10 or free for Pride Festival Members.

Also on September 7 is the opening night party for the Brisbane Pride Festival Art Show which will showcase artists from within the local LGBT community until September 12.

Entry to the opening night party is by gold coin donation to the Queensland Association for Healthy Communities.

Newly wed out American music star Rufus Wainright will be in town during the Brisbane Pride Festival and will be playing at the Concert Hall in South Bank on September 12.

September 15 will see a Pink Pub Prowl, with a bus taking people on a pub crawl of Brisbane’s gay and gay friendly venues from 1pm to 5pm starting at the Sportsman Hotel. Entry in $30 or $25 for Pride Festival Members.

September 16 will see the peak of the Brisbane Pride Festival with a Pride Rally outside the Wickham Hotel from 9.30am to 10.30am. This year’s rally will be particularly important, as the newly elected Queensland Government slashes back LGBT rights reforms and diverts funding away from the state’s only LGBT health organization.

Rally participants will then take to the streets for the Brisbane Ride March which will take the rally’s message to the streets of Brisbane until 11am.

Following the march, the Brisbane Pride Fair Day will run at Perry Park in Bowen Hills until 8pm. Entry is free for Festival Members or $17 for non-members.

An official after party for the Fair Day will he held back at the Wickham Hotel from 7pm with entry $10 for all.

From September 19 -26 Brisbane’s ‘Prince of Retro’ Kristian Fletcher will be screening an LGBT Cult Movie Mini-Fest, with films including Velvet Goldmine, Hedwig and the Angry Inch and John Waters’ original 1998 version of the film Hairspray.

The screenings will be at the Tribal Theater and all tickets are $13.

On September 22, the champion Sydney Convicts rugby team will be visiting Brisbane to put on a sexy Rugger Bugger strip show at the Wickham Hotel in support of the newly formed Brisbane Hustlers rugby team. Entry will be $10 and the event will run from 8pm to 2am.

The event will follow games in the Purchas Cup Rugby Tournament between the Brisbane Hustlers, Sydney Convicts and Melbourne Chargers gay rugby teams from midday until 7pm so expect the players to be hot and sweaty!

The following day the Wickham hosts the Holes & Poles Brisbane Queer Bandfest with a host of local bands and DJs on show from 1pm.

September 23 will also see a Big Queer Picnic at Newstead Park on the banks of the Brisbane River.

From September 28 until October 1, the Forbidden Fruits Queer Folk Festivale will be a celebration of everything queer and the freedom to be yourself. It is being held on a private lakeside property near Coominya, with attendees camping out. Four day and individual day passes are available for different prices.

September 29 will see a family friendly Rainbow Kids Family Picnic at the playground in New Farm Park. Entry is free but bring your own blanket, snacks and drinks.

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