Gertrude and Smith Streets will host a huge street party on February 13, 2022, to commemorate the 40th anniversary of decriminalisation of sex between men in Victoria. The Daniel Andrews Labor government is investing over $1.9 million to deliver Melbourne Pride.
The celebrations will not be restricted to Melbourne. Pride events are being held in regional Victoria. This includes:
- Queer Country Pride: Our Time to Shine – An online exhibition documenting queer community stories from older rural and regional Victorians. Produced by ChillOut.
- Wangaratta Road to Pride – A collaborative exhibition by artists at Lisa Bishop Studio, Chiltern.
- Pirnbial – Pirnbial means rainbow in Woiwurrung language. This sculptural work from Vince Partington’s a proud Nguri-Illum Wurrung / Dja Dja Wurrung/ Wurundjeri / Wemba Wamba artist – examines the “dual correlation between traditional culture and identity”.
- Self (ie) Pride – Video installation featuring the reflections of central Victorian LGBTQI community members on what Pride means to them at Maryborough, Newstead, Maldon, Castlemaine, Inglewood, Heathcote, and Bendigo.
- Celebrating Pride in all Places with Switchboard – Pride and intergenerational connection to socially isolated older people will be held across Victoria.
- Thrive: Queer Voices: Out Loud – Original artwork of verbatim theatre will be held at Castlemaine.
- Camp – Photography series celebrating lived experiences in regional Victoria will be exhibited in Melbourne.
- Proudly Here – Video exhibit of diverse LGBTQI locals who have led the way at Ballarat.
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