We formed, as the Brisbane Lesbian and Gay Pride Choir, in 1998. We weren’t a choir at the start but just a group of people who came together for a series of singing workshops funded by a Brisbane City Council grant. The fire was lit with those workshops and just a few months later we performed at the annual Pride Fair Day.
The Choir is a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer-friendly people who come together to sing. We think it's important to perform in and for our local community.
Through our performances we share with audiences the great value of a diverse, inclusive and accepting society. At events in Brisbane and throughout Queensland we have often connected with people struggling with their own sexuality or identity. As a community choir, it’s a great feeling for us to know that our performances matter.
We are an SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass) choir and sing a range of songs and musical styles, including traditional, contemporary and original music. A large part of our repertoire is sung a cappella.
We aim to entertain audiences in the LGBTIQ+ community as well as audiences in the wider Brisbane, national and international community.
1998 - First public performance at Pride Festival, Brisbane
1999 - Toowoomba Youth Centre, Mayor threatens to defund if Choir sings there
2000 - Woodford Folk Festival
2001 - Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras
2002 - Sydney Gay Games and Performance, Opera House
2003 - Launch of Rainbow Labor, Spring Hill
2004 - Pride Concert in St Mary’s South Brisbane upsets the Archbishop
2005 - Yag’ubi Multicultural Festival, Hervey Bay
2006 - Brisbane 'Ekka' Exhibition
2007 - Melbourne Out and Loud Festival
2008 - 10th anniversary concert at Government House, hosted by H.E. Quentin Bryce
2009 - The Letter Q, an original stage show, performed in Ipswich, Toowoomba, Brisbane
and Sunshine Coast
2010 - Auckland Out and Loud Festival
2011 - Cairns Tropical Pride Festival
2012 - GALA Choral Festival, Denver, USA
2013 - Hobart Out and Loud Festival during 15th anniversary year
- 1st Queensland Pride Concert
2014 - 'My Country?' concert for IDAHO Day
- Choir performs at Various Voices GLBT Choral Festival, Dublin
- 'Pride does Broadway' concert for Marriage Equality
2015 - Regional Tour to Hervey Bay
2019 - Out and Loud - Canberra
2021 - Various Performances at Brisbane City Council Libraries
- Performance at Holy Trinity Church, Fortitude Valley.
- Small Steps: Coming Together concert, West End Uniting Church
2021/22 - QAGOMA APT10 Opening and Closing Weekends
1998 - 2011 - Marina Aboody-Thacker
2011 - 2013 - Marina Aboody-Thacker and Timothy Smetham
2013 - 2018 - Tim Smetham
2018 - 2018 - Robert Dryden
2018 - current - Elliot Rentoul