Brisbane Pride Festival gets officially underway this week with the Black and White Gala Launch at Mirra on Friday night, but events such as the Mr Pride 2012 search will also be heating up local gay venues.

Two heats for Mr Pride will be held this week, including Escape on the Gold Coast on Friday (August 31) and the Wickham Hotel on Saturday (September 1).

The grand final will be held during Fair Day on September 16. Events highlights next week also include The Big Queer Debate at Sporties on September 3 and a special Pride edition of Fruits with a Twist at St Paul’s Tavern on September 7.

INFO: brisbanepridefestival.com.au

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