The largest ever celebration for far north Queensland’s LGBTI community, Cairns Tropical Pride, has wrapped up for this year following its annual week-long festival.
“We had such a great year, every one of the festival’s events exceeded our expectations, numbers-wise,” organiser Destiny Rogers said.
“This is the time of the year where our whole diverse community is brought together.
“I think the postal survey has definitely made people want to be together and want to celebrate their community.”
This year’s Tropical Pride festival coincided with Sir Elton John’s visit to Queensland for a pair of regional, including one at Cazaly’s Stadium on September 30.
“There was so much excitement around Elton John coming here, and so many of us went along to his concert. You could see so many rainbow flags,” Destiny said.
“Unfortunately I couldn’t make it, but I had to drive down and pick up our DJ and one of our drag queens so they could make it to our afterparty!”
Other events at this year’s Cairns Tropical Pride ranged from the festival’s Pride Fair Day to a Gay History Walk to Queer Spring Break, a party at Noosa’s Turtle Cove Resort.
At the festival’s “Tropical Gaze” art exhibition, emerging North Queensland artists gathered to display their works.
Olympian-turned-cabaret star Matthew Mitcham also brought his stage musical, based on his autobiography, to Cairns audiences.
A new event organised by the Queensland AIDS Council called “Survival” saw locals and visitors gather to share their stories of adversity and resilience.
“We were expecting a dozen people to come to the event, but more than 80 people turned up to tell their stories,” Destiny said.
“It was very special. We have some wonderful speakers in our community.”
(Photo by Andrew Wheatland/Cairns Tropical Pride)