The resurrection of Pride Week in Sydney continues to gain momentum as organisers announce a second festival for 2010.
After receiving an unprecedented rush of community support to resurrect the event last year, organisers have put out the call for anyone with ideas for an event or fundraising initiatives to get in touch.
“We want the focus this year to be on youth and involving them,” festival and Stonewall Hotel events organiser Glenn Hansen told Sydney Star Observer.
“They’re the people we need to pass the history on to, and they’re going to be running these things in the future. We want to do a lot more things with Twenty10 and ACON’s youth groups — get information to them and keep the history going.
“We’re trying to come up with things that could be a bit more entertaining for youth this year. The things that we fought for and stand up for now aren’t necessarily the things that they’re thinking about now.”
Possible ideas include running a Talking About My Generation-style event with a gay and lesbian twist to get young people engaged with community history.
The 2010 event will look to extend beyond Oxford St, with Hansen keen to see submissions from the western suburbs and regional NSW.
He said he would like to see Pride awareness continue to expand in the hope Sydney can play an integral part at the 2014 World Pride event in Toronto.
info: To submit an idea, visit www.stonewallhotel.com/pride; email firstname.lastname@example.org or fax 9331 4733.