Organisers of Queensland’s first four-day, outdoor queer folk festival hope to provide attendees with the chance to embrace all the vibrant and diverse aspects of the LGBTI community that they believe is under attack by the Newman government.

The Forbidden Fruits Queer Folk Festivale is being held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend one hour west of Brisbane, near Coominya.

It’s being organised by Angel Heart, a collective of local “community-minded queers” in Queensland.

“The Liberal National Party seem to despise minorities and attack the ‘different’ and it’s very unAustralian,” an Angel Heart spokesperson told the Star Observer.

“One of the biggest things that the LNP and conservatives do is focus on our sexual behaviour. It’s what defines us for them. But what they don’t see is the very rich culture behind that in the queer community.

“All the musicians, artists, dancers, eccentrics are a massive part of our culture that doesn’t get explored.

“The nightclubs and debaucherous behaviour only gets their attention and by taking our culture out of the clubs and having this festival is a great way to emphasise the other great aspects to queer life.”

The festival team promises to provide the LGBTI community with an opportunity to gather, bridge gaps and connect in a fun, safe and natural environment.

“We need more community focused events to bring back a sense of celebrating who we are along with our political causes,” the spokesperson said.

Set on a 25-acre lakeside property, Forbidden Fruits includes kayaking, swimming, touch football and yoga.

“It doesn’t matter what anyone says, you’ll be blessed for participating and helping the very first Forbidden Fruits Festivale get off the ground, come alive and shine.”

INFO: Forbidden Fruits runs for four days from September 28. Tickets can be purchased here.


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