Brisbane Pride Festival will be holding an open forum on this years annual event to hear community views and opinions.

To be held at the Sportsman Hotel from 7pm on March 21, Brisbane Pride spokesman Deeje Hancock said the forum would give people a chance to meet the team fighting to ensure the secure and long-term survival of the festival, as well as ask questions.

“A significant portion of the community have expressed that they’re upset at the cancellation of this year’s fair day,” Hancock said.

“The caretaker committee members understand this, but we believe we have acted in the best interests of Brisbane Pride Festival and the GLBTI community.

“We would also like the opportunity to dispel some of the unfounded rumours that are circulating in the community.”

A lack of participation in the Pride Festival by the community in recent years has seen the responsibility of the entire festival shouldered by a very small number of volunteers.

Brisbane Pride Festival has a new committee which is working to rectify this issue and put on a vibrant and successful 2011 Brisbane Pride Festival that will include the 50th anniversary of the Queens Ball – the longest continuously running gay and lesbian event in the world.

Hancock said the committee was committed to working towards the return of the Pride Fair Day for the 2012 festival.

“It is our firm belief that Brisbane Pride Festival is an important event, with far reaching impacts on the greater GLBT community, not just in Brisbane, but all over Queensland. This event was created by the community, for the community,” he said.

“We are aware that people have many questions and to this end we are presenting as many committee members as are available to answer questions at this open public forum.”

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