We're halfway through World Pride Month! Make the most of the last few weeks as Australia lights up with an event for everyone: delve into the LGBTQIA+ community, celebrate the diverse history, and learn more about the everyday battles (and how the community is overcoming them). We've rounded up a few of our faves (this was hard, trust us), for you to head to before the end of June.
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE 1PM
BRUNSWICK TOWN HALL
Join dazzling drag artist Dandrogyny for a neon-bright, fun and fabulous family Storytime to celebrate Pride Month! There'll be stories, songs, and lots of excitement for all ages. A dancer, performer, educator and VCA graduate, Dandrogyny has graced the ABC’s You Can’t Ask That, Melbourne Festival, Melbourne Museum, Midsumma and more.
TUESDAY 14TH JUNE – SATURDAY 25TH JUNE
THE MOTLEY BAUHAUS
In the wake of marriage equality and the midst of a trans moral panic, LGBTQIA artists have stopped to ask: what good does assimilation do us? While the world is looking for perfect models of gay aesthetics to sell their products – What happens to the messy queers? The angry queers? The queers who don’t want to be ‘tolerated’ or ‘accepted’ by the very social forces that position them forever as The Other? Group exhibition Queer As In... looks to revel in the light of queer difference.
Friday 24th June 6.30pm–9.30pm
sea life MELBOURNE aquarium
Join SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium after dark for their Pride Party. Dance to classic pride anthems under the glow of colourful creatures. Enjoy pop-up drag performances, unlimited drinks, noodle boxes from Miss Nina’s Noodle Bar, good tunes and great vibes — all while raising funds for Minus18 and Rainbow Families.
sunday 26TH JUNE 2aM–2pm AEST
ONLINE VIA TWITCH
For many, prom, debutante balls, and the like were spaces you never felt you could be your true selves to the fullest. Team Transtopia, powered by Twitch, is partnering with StreamElements, GLSEN, and John Frieda, and going all out to show it’s never too late to celebrate your authenticity. What’s more, you can hop onto some fantastic virtual dance floors (that you can host on your own stream by joining the campaign as well) and help raise funds for GLSEN throughout the month of June.
SATURDAY 18TH JUNE 10AM–4PM
VICTORIAN PRIDE CENTRE
A fun, creative and practical clothes swap for trans and gender diverse communities, co-presented by Ballarat Trans and Gender Diverse Swap Shop and Victorian Pride Centre.
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE 5PM–10PM
IVANHOE LIBRARY & CULTURAL HUB
Enjoy an evening of youth drag performances, live music headlined by Cry Club, and a queer marketspace. Plus be the first with your hands on MishMash Magazine Issue #2 developed by Jets Events & Media.