The Brisbane Pride Choir is gearing up for its final performances for 2015, beginning with a Marriage Equality rally in Ipswich on 14 November. The Choir will also perform at the Transgender Day of Remembrance in New Farm Park on 20 November, at Brisbane’s World AIDS Day commemoration on 1 December and at the launch of a new book on 4 December, ‘BOLD: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’.
‘Since early last year, each time we go on stage we dedicate our performance to marriage equality,’ said Katherine Richardson, Choir President. ‘We’re delighted to sing at the start of the rally in Ipswich to join community voices in promoting marriage equality to our local political leaders.’
The Pride Choir has performed every year since its formation in 1998 at Brisbane’s annual World AIDS Day commemoration. ‘We’re also pleased to be performing, for the second year, at the Transgender Day of Remembrance,’ said Katherine Richardson.
The final performance for the year will be at the Brisbane launch of a new book, ‘BOLD: Stories from older lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people’, published by Melbourne’s Rag and Bone Man Press and authored by Choir member, David Hardy. This free event, to be held at the Queensland AIDS Council on 4 December will include the Choir’s performance and readings from Queenslanders who feature in this book.
For the third year running, the Brisbane Pride Choir will host an annual concert during Brisbane’s Pride month of September. ‘Pride does Eurovision’ will be a fun night of all the European songs you love and will again be hosted at the Queensland Multicultural Centre on Friday, 25 September 2015.
‘We promise a night of great music and lots of fun,’ said Katherine Richardson, Choir President. ‘We have a great repertoire of all your favourite Eurovision numbers and a few European classics as well. And for the ABBA-tragics among us, there’s even a singalong.’
All through 2014 and 2015, the Choir has been dedicating its performances to marriage equality, including at its forthcoming concert. ‘This year we performed at the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Coast as well as in Brisbane, encouraging our elected officials to end the discrimination facing same sex couples who wish to marry,’ said Katherine Richardson. ‘Many of our choir performed in Ireland last year and we have been heartened by the result of the recent referendum. It is time now for Australia to bring in marriage equality.’
Tickets for ‘Pride does Eurovision’ are $30 and $25 (conc.), and are on sale through the Choir’s website, www.blgpc.org.au. The concert will include voting for your favourite song/country and guests are encouraged to dress up, with prizes for the Euro-trashiest outfits.
The Brisbane Pride Choir is once again marking the International Day against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia on 17 May with a combined performance and film evening at New Farm Cinemas at 6.30pm.
‘The event, including the screening of new Australian film, DROWN, is about raising awareness of the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and intersex people in Australia and globally,’ said Katherine Richardson, Choir President. ‘Through our performances we tell the stories of our lives and advocate for change and equality.’
Tickets for the combined performance and film evening are $20 and are on sale through the Choir’s website, www.blgpc.org.au
The Brisbane Pride Choir recently participated at Sunshine Coast Pride Fair Day and will be performing in Hervey Bay on 30 and 31 May. During Brisbane’s Pride month of September, the Choir will be hosting ‘Pride does Eurovision’ at the Queensland Multicultural Centre theatre on 26 September. Concert tickets will go on sale in May.