Council announces $21,000 funding for Pride Festival
Brisbane City Council will support Brisbane Pride Festival to the tune of $21,000 over the next three years, it was revealed tonight at the festival launch in the Valley.
Former Greens leader Bob Brown and Central Ward Councillor Vicki Howard joined members of the LGBTIQ community at Cloudland to launch Brisbane Pride Festival 2013, where Howard made the funding announcement.
“It’s my great pleasure to announce that the Brisbane City Council, and my good friend the Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, has agreed to provide you with an agreement for three years and in that three-year agreement there will be some funding of $21,000,” Howard said.
“The importance of this however is not the money, the importance of this is the recognition. And can I also say how very proud I am to be an LNP councillor and for us to be the first council that has contributed to this lovely, lovely organisation.”
Pride president Deeje Hancock praised Howard praised for her “tireless effort” in supporting the festival and for her assistance in the relocation of Fair Day to New Farm Park.
Bob Brown spoke about his coming out experience as a young man and said he was delighted to be in Brisbane at a time when being gay in politics was "to add to the spectrum of the people involved", rather than something to be kept secret.
“We’re all part of that and we add to its lustre," Brown said.
"I’m going to die with a smile on my face because I’ve seen in this country the repression go to celebration – and you’re part of that celebration front.
“Life’s fantastic, we’re fantastic, and this world is much the better for its spectrum of sexuality."
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