Pride and temperatures soar at this year’s Midsumma March

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A vibrant group of LGBTIQA+ community members and allies from across the Peninsula braved scorching temperatures on Sunday 4 February to participate in this year’s Midsumma Pride March in St Kilda.

The annual March, which sees hundreds of LGBTIQA+ community members and supporters take to Fitzroy Street before celebrating in nearby Catani Gardens, is a much-loved community event celebrating solidarity in sexuality, sex and gender diversity.

Councillors Sarah Race and Despi O’Connor, together with CEO John Baker and Mornington Peninsula Shire representatives, were joined by community members and allies from across the region to march under the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula LGBTIQA+ Collaborative banner.

The colourful banner was created by community at an intergenerational LGBTIQA+ activity in the lead up to this year’s Midsumma Pride March. It is the second year the Collaborative has participated in the iconic event.

The Frankston and Mornington Peninsula LGBTIQA+ Collaborative brings together local service providers, community members and allies from across Frankston and Mornington Peninsula with the aim of strengthening connections and enhancing the health and wellbeing of LGBTIQA+ communities. The Collaborative is co-convened by the Shire and Frankston City Council.

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Once complete, this strategy will provide strategic direction for the delivery of programs and services that enhance wellbeing, inclusion and diversity on the Peninsula, including LGBTIQA+ and gender diverse communities.

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Quotes attributable to Mayor Councillor Simon Brooks:

“It’s fantastic to see our LGBTIQA+ community members and allies, including our passionate Shire staff who arranged free return transport and tickets to this year’s event, represent at the 2024 Midsumma Pride March.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Mayor Councillor Antonella Celi, Health and Wellbeing Committee Chair:

“Our continued involvement in the Midsumma Pride March stems from our Council and Wellbeing Plan 2021 – 2025 and commitment to engage and support our valued LGBTIQA+ community with the delivery of meaningful programs and services.”

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