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Celebrating Pride and Diversity!

We reflect with pride on the diversity of our great community.

As the annual OUTintheOPEN Festival 2022 draws to a close this weekend we reflect with pride on the diversity of our great community.

The two-week-long festival lead by Goulburn Valley Pride Inc (GV Pride), now in its eleventh year, provides a myriad of free and ticketed events as an opportunity to celebrate LGBTIQA+ pride.

OUTintheOPEN was developed to address some of the inequalities faced by the local lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex, queer, asexual (LGBTIQA+) communities and to build a more inclusive Greater Shepparton.

A festival is a great way to bring people together and the aims of the OUTintheOPEN Festival are similar to that of GSF’s, to create inclusive, interconnected communities where everybody has an equal opportunity to participate.

A huge congratulations must go to Damien, Georgina, Nicole, Deb, Colin, Jenni, Ruby, Cameron and all the volunteers and supporters who were involved in bringing together this year’s event.

Goulburn Valley Pride Shepparton is a past GSF grant recipient. Funds received last year supported activities and education of the organisation’s members and volunteers while our community recovered from the restrictions and isolation during COVID-19. The ‘GV Proud’ member/volunteer recovery program focused on improving the mental health, wellbeing and resilience of LGBTIQA+ people in the region.

GSF is a proud supporter of the initiatives of Goulburn Valley Pride and is pleased that the annual OUTintheOPEN Festival was on the annual event calendar again this year.

For more information on GV Pride activities you can visit their website, or if you are a community group keen to find out more about the GSF small grants program that supported this local service please visit the ‘small grants’ page on our website.

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