EEEkkk. I wrote this and forgot to publish it. That’s what happens when I get distracted by new underwear.
The Midsummer festival here in Melbourne has begun. It’s one of the largest GLBT festivals down under and rivals Sydney’s Mardi Gras for cultural and Arts activities. This year as always the festival kicked off with the Carnival day in the park and Melbourne turned on another beautiful summers day for it. The festival was the usual offering of GLBT culture with a whole cross section of the community attending. Events like this show us all just how diverse the community is and just how strong our presence is within the wider community.
I don’t spend nearly as much time on the Gay scene as I used to and events like this are a great way too see what the community is up to. If you don’t normally attend these kinds events then I would recommend that you wander along at least once.
Often the part of the scene we are exposed to when we come out is only a very very small section of the wider Gay community. It’s easy to withdraw from it in the belief that only the shallow superficial club scene represents what’s out there but that couldn’t be farther from the truth. Events like these give you access to parts of the community you may not realize exist.
These events are also great places for inspiring hope. Being surrounded by families and GLBT people of all shapes, sizes, backgrounds and types really helps you to see that there is a place for everyone
As well as the usual hot boys and drag shows there was a strong showing this year from the sports community. There was also a noticeable rise in the numbers of families and children attending the event. It’s great to see Melbourne’s community so vibrant and alive and with a number of events planned over the next couple of weeks and the Queer film festival coming up in March there is more than enough for you to indulge in if you are in Melbourne for Summer.