2017 is the last year of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008–2017)
5 Anniversary of execution of Dundalli 1855
12 The Prophet’s Birthday (Islam)
Supporting Men’s Health in Movember
I have been publishing a community calendar across my social media platforms for the last few years. It is not unusual to find several events scheduled at the same time. However I think this weekend of May 27-31 is exceptional in bringing religion, politics and sport to Brisbane.
The Italian, East Timorese West Papuan and African communities are all offering festivals. The Catholics are parading through the city and politicians on the campaign trail are debating issues. The weekend launches National Reconciliation Week and the AFL will celebrate the Indigenous Round dedicated to Sir Doug Nicholls.
So visit the Calendar of Events and look out for me with my camera this weekend!!
The celebrations have begun and we will fly our flag and sing our song of equality with pride. We are queer in all its rich colours. We are lesbian, gay, trans,bi and gender diverse.
We will not be silenced or cowed by homophobia. We will not hide in the shadows of fear. We are your family, your neighbours, your work colleagues, your friends. We are young, we are teens, we are mature aged, we are elderly.
We walk your streets, we go to your church, your mosque, your synagogue, your temple.
We ride on your trains, we serve you at cafes, we entertain you, we represent you in politics, we drink in your pubs we police your community, we serve in your military.
We are people who invite you to stand with us against homophobia.
I knew David Page only by his reputation with the Bangarra Dance Theatre. By the time the funeral finished I felt I was mourning a friend.
We laughed, wept, sang and clapped his spirit home as those who were close to him shared generously of their love of a most remarkable man.
I was honoured to be among family and friends today from the First Peoples of this land and those I have met through the arts community.
I am inspired by David’s living of his identity as a gay man and I hope I can honour his legacy in my queer community.
Dance into the Dreaming David.