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Celebrating our LGBTIQA+ community

THE Illawarra’s LGBTIQA+ community is preparing to celebrate in June this year, and anyone organising an event is invited to express interest in being included in Wollongong City Council’s 2022 Pride Month Calendar.

While, in the past, Council has held Pride Month activities, this is the first time it has actively reached out to other groups in the city to facilitate an awareness of events that members of the LGBTIQA+ community, their families, friends and supporters may wish to attend.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Pride Month is a global event and is a time when the LGBTIQA+ community celebrates with events and activities to raise awareness of issues of equal opportunity and inclusion.

“Pride Month itself marks the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan in 1969,” he said.

“Over the years many Pride events have been held during the month of June to raise awareness of current issues facing the LGBTIQA+ community, promote dignity, self-affirmation, equal rights, respect and recognition.

“We’re a city which considers our diversity as something to be proud of and we’re pleased to once again take part in this important celebration. This year we’ve got some great events lined up including Queerstories returning to the Wollongong Art Gallery, and Rainbow Storyime with Miss Roxee at Thirroul Library.

“We’re still in the process of finalising our complete program. In the meantime, we’re calling for people who want to promote their Pride Month events via a one-stop calendar of events, to get in touch.”

The full 2022 Pride Month Calendar and program will be shared on Council’s Pride Month webpage soon.

Applications to be included in the Wollongong City Council 2022 Pride Month Calendar are open until 12noon Monday May 9 2022.

For more information or to submit an event, visit Pride Month webpage.


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A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick managed several community newspapers. He has been editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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