Brisbane’s first queer high school formal will be held next month, after the success of the Sunshine Coast’s inaugural rainbow formal earlier this month.
Around 70 students attended the rainbow formal at Sunshine Coast University (pictured), organised by the Sunshine Coast Pride Network and inspired by similar events in Byron Bay and Melbourne.
In November, the inaugural Brisbane Pride Queer Formal will provide a safe space for LGBTI students who for any reason have been unable to, or chosen not to, attend their own school formal.
“Unfortunately even with fantastic, progressive and supportive policies in Queensland schools there are still many students that suffer discrimination, fear, anxiety and exclusion when it comes to attending their school formal celebrations,” organisers said.
“Private religious schools in particular still actively prevent LGBTI students from bringing same-sex partners and do not always support gender diverse students.
“Some students just aren’t ready or comfortable to express themselves freely amongst their peers and others simply want a safe space to meet and celebrate with their community.
“This event is for our queer youth to express themselves however they feel most comfortable, to attend with who they love and to have a fantastic night celebrating who they are in style with their LGBTI peers.”
The drug and alcohol-free event will be held in the Ithaca Auditorium in Brisbane City Hall on Friday November 17. A two-course meal, as well as music and entertainment, will be provided.
Tickets are free for Brisbane students aged up to 19, and members of the public are invited to donate the cost of tickets to support the event.