The Inaugural Gippsland Pride Gala
Saturday June 15th 2019, 6.30 PM - 11.30 PM (Doors open 6.00 PM)
Lardner Park, Warragul
This event responds directly to the findings of our research and consultation, and data sourced from Pride Cup Australia. Specifically, the disengagement and lack of social connection for those over the age of 25 years in our community. We are inspired by Minus 18 rainbow formals for queer youth, and events like the ‘Coming Back out Ball’ for LGBTQI+ Elders.
Overwhelmingly, the issues of engagement, social interaction and participation in community, are the key focus of this initiative in 2019. Recent data* indicates the greater mental health risk, heightened suicide risk present for the LGBTQI+ community, attributable to isolation, lack of support, engagement and connection with community. There are direct linkages to the worsening of these statistics following the Marriage Equality Survey in Australia.
The Gippsland Pride Gala event is standalone and not sports oriented. It is made possible thanks to the extraordinary support of Lardner Park, our funding partners Dept. Premier and Cabinet Pride Funding, Latrobe Valley Authority and community sponsors.
This evening is about connection and celebration. An event for our queer community and allies to dress up, enjoy a wonderful meal, witness fantastic local and international talent and entertainment, share a photo with their loved ones, and dance the night away. We expect to engage the Baw Baw region in the lead up to this event, to ensure its success and potential longevity for years to come.
Key event details:
Guests: To be announced
2 Course Meal
*Sensory Sensitive Break Space
*On site first aid and security for your confidence and comfort
*OPT OUT Band available for all guests who wish to be excluded from photos or video
*I DO Photo Booth
*Professional Photography by Lauren Murphy
We plan to mitigate financial and logistical barriers through capped ticket pricing, and hope to facilitate transport opportunities, and similar value adds in collaboration with a growing number of community partners. To support the Gippsland Pride Initiative as a sponsor, visit our sponsorship tab or email us:
*All data references are available and included within the community forum content
For more information, check out the event on Facebook HERE
To purchase a ticket, a table of ten or to even purchase a ticket for donation, visit our ticketing platform HERE