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Seven ways to celebrate pride in Melbourne

14 February 2023

Melbourne has a magnetism that draws people together. No matter who you are, who you love or what language you speak, everyone is welcome. This diversity is one of our greatest strengths. 

So, whether you want to fill your diary with joyful events like Midsumma, or join the waiting list for our popular Queer Book Club, there are many ways to connect and celebrate pride year-round. Here are seven ways to get started. 

1. Discover diverse artists 

Be mesmerised by diverse performers taking to the stage for FRAME: A biennial of dance at Arts House in North Melbourne and beyond in March. Festival shows include MOHINI (pictured, photo by Anne Moffatt), which reimagines the story of the Hindu deity through “the chaotic joy of the trans experience”. 

2. Learn new skills at Queer Social 

Learn about money management, car maintenance, unicorn cupcake making and more at Queer Social. These inclusive workshops are hosted by Laneway Learning, a Melbourne Awards finalist. 

3. Support trans and gender diverse loved ones 

Families play a significant role in creating a safe and nurturing environment for trans and gender diverse loved ones as they transition. Reach out to Melbourne Award winning group Transfamily

4. Experience Gender Euphoria 

Gender Euphoria: Mighty Real will bring together the largest trans and non-binary cast ever to appear on a main stage at Arts Centre Melbourne this year, supported by our Annual Arts Grants. Learn more from Mama Alto

5. Unleash your creativity at Signal 

Signal is our creative studio for young people aged 14 to 25. Its inclusive programs help diverse creatives to explore their potential. Meet three talented artists who got their start at Signal

6. Attend a dazzling Queer Formal 

Be part of a sparkly, unforgettable night designed to create life-affirming inclusion for queer high-schoolers. We’ve supporting Minus18’s Queer Formal with a Connected Communities Grant. 

7. Join a rainbow playgroup 

Rainbow families with children under six are invited to join a playgroup at the Kensington Maternal and Child Health Playroom. Email playgroups@melbourne.vic.gov.au to enquire. 

For more information about health and wellbeing, support services, community grants, recreation and more, visit For LGBTIQ+ communities.   

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