THIS Saturday LGBTI youth in Geelong will have a chance to get involved in the fun of Midsumma for the first time.

The City of Geelong will partner with the Courthouse Youth Arts to host the Midsumma Go West festival, bringing and celebrating the LGBTI community of Geelong with an afternoon of entertainment.

In an effort to involve LGBTI youth, Saturday’s entertainment will comprise of LGBTI-focused stories including afternoon book readings aimed at children, rainbow families and young people.

The event will also offer some freebies and arts and crafts activities, such as face painting, badge making and fairy bread.

Teenagers will also have a chance to get involved, with the evening kicking off with a mini-movie marathon at Courthouse Youth Arts. Free movie treats will also be available.

Marriage equality campaigner and Geelong’s Youth Portfolio holder Cr Jan Farrell encouraged everyone to come along to the Midsumma Go West.

She said there was a scarce amount of events and media for Geelong’s LGBTI youth to relate to.

“TV and media are saturated with the heterosexual norm, so having good role models in books and movies and seeing a story like yours on the big screen helps GLBTIQ young people feel like they belong,” she said.

“Diversity is what makes our community so strong.”

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