2014 PrideFEST held at Perth and Northbridge

Famous Sharon and singer Kiera Owen celebrating the launch of PrideFEST. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428475
Famous Sharon and singer Kiera Owen celebrating the launch of PrideFEST. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d428475

THE 2014 PrideFEST program that kicks off this month is packed with entertainment

The 10-day festival will feature a colourful array of free and low cost events for all ages and tastes, including performances by Famous Sharon and singer Kiera Owen.

PrideFEST president Michelle Rigg said the event was a fun way for the community to come together to create awareness of the challenges and successes of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning community.

‘Although there is greater acceptance in the general community, our members continue to be discriminated, bullied in schools and the workplace, with depression and suicide being high in young adults,’ she said.

‘There is also a high level of alcohol and drug issues which can be attributed to the anti-social behaviour being experienced.

‘By doing this we are creating a positive awareness that there is still much work to be done to allow for more healthy and balanced lives of LGBTIQ people and those of sexually and gender diverse.’

PrideFEST includes Pride Sensations at Brookfield Plaza on November 16, the Pride parade through Northbridge on November 22 followed by the garden party in the Urban Orchard. For more information, visit www.pridewa.com.au/pridefest.