Festival, march is 'pride' of place

The Pride March and Feast Festival is important for young people in our community to celebrate who they are and to be open and proud.

The march is a place of connection and acceptance shared between the LGBTIQ+ community and supporters.

It is worrying for us to know that the LGBTIQ+ community are 8.4 times more likely to attempt to end their life if they have experienced rejection and isolation from their family and friends. People from this group are also three times more likely to experience depression.

The Pride March and Feast Festival are important as they are opportunities to celebrate with pride and to feel accepted and recognised.

The Pride March has been occurring over the world for 49 years, starting in 1970.

The march is an opportunity for remembrance of the Stonewall riots and a celebration to be proud to be who you are.

The Stonewall Riots were a pivotal turning point for LGBTIQ+ rights.

The riots took place as police raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar for people from the LGBTIQ+ community in New York CIty.

The community this time fought back, inspiring others to stand up and fight for their rights and equality.

The march and festival play an important part in the journey - the acceptance and support that everyone can display every day improves the wellbeing of people in the LGBTIQ+ community.

The Pride March occurred in Adelaide on Saturday, November 2. Information about the Pride March can be found at http://prideadelaide.org/.

Check out what's on at the Feast Festival at: https://www.feast.org.au/

If you would like to know about headspace services and what we offer for the LGBTIQ+ community please give us a call on 8531 2122.

headspace Mount Barker community engagement worker

Emma Rance

headspace Murray Bridge

Youth ambassadors

Maddy Wallis, Demi Noles and Emily Place