Pride on show

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A fun, vibrant festival will hit Newcastle for the second year this month.

The Newcastle Pride Festival celebrates sexuality and gender diversity in the Hunter Region through a series of events that aim to showcase the city’s inclusiveness, culture, and beauty.

It kicked off at the weekend with heat one of Timberlina’s Drag Off, a competition which will run every Sunday in August.

Newcastle’s Adam Tracey is set to take part in heat two on Sunday 11 August, with one person from each round to qualify for the grand final on Sunday 25 August.

“[The festival] is about everyone from the LGBTIQ community getting together and celebrating who they are,” Tracey says.

Apart from Timberlina’s Drag Off, AFL clubs Wallsend West Newcastle Suns and Wyong Lakes Magpies will contest the Pride Cup on Saturday 17 August at Bill Elliott Oval, Maryland.

The Pride Round is about celebrating diversity and inclusion in sport and the fight against discrimination and homophobia. 

The Swans have commissioned a special Pride Jersey for the day, and the rainbow colours will be prominent with all players and supporters. 

Newcastle’s all-star Drag Queen, Timberlina, will then offer a special drag song and dance storytime from 10am on Thursday 22 August at Newcastle library.

An exhibition opens at the library on the same day, showcasing the history of LGBTI military service in Australia since World War II.

Serving in Silence brings together photographs, objects and documents of current and service personnel to explore how LGBTI Defence members navigated their lives in the Royal Australian Navy, Australian Army, and Royal Australian Air Force.

The exhibition will be open until 14 September.

Pride Fair Day, which attracted more than 7,000 people last year, then takes place at Newcastle Foreshore Park from 11am to 6pm on Saturday 24 August.

The family-friendly event is set to include drag shows, music, comedy, parades, markets, a Doggywood Pooch Parade, and free circus workshops.

The festival wraps up with a Not Silenced Forum at Newcastle library on Monday 26 August from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Visit newcastlepride.com.au for more information.

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