Central Coast Pride is a non-profit LGBTIQ Arts & Culture led organisation leveraging creativity to serve our community interest while driving a broader agenda for change & transformation. Our very first Coastal Twist Festival has absolute reliance on not only the generous financial support of corporate & private partners, state & local government to enable this Landmark but the community partnering that aligns us with human rights & social justice.
Studies internationally and in Australia identify rural LGBTIQ people as especially vulnerable because of the potential for homophobia and transphobia. With few exceptions, rural areas tend to be more homophobic than urban areas. Rural lesbian, gay, and transgender young people have been identified as being at particularly high risk of committing suicide and have also been found to feel less safe, have less access to health information, less support and experience greater isolation than their urban peers.
Forming part of our community is “Intersectionality” which refers to the multiple discriminations and marginalisation’s experienced by some members of our LGBTIQ community. For example, an Aboriginal lesbian woman may be discriminated against on the basis of her race, gender and her sexual orientation, or a transgender person with a disability discriminated against on the basis of their disability and their gender identity. Our community includes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, Young People, Culturally and linguistically diverse people, People with disability, older people.
An understanding of LGBTIQ communities and populations can be developed through open and inclusive interactions and our little Coastal Twist festival is a symbol and an action for interaction which can lead to a more welcoming, resilient, harmonious community with empowered individuals and communities as well as improved community relations which can together building a sense of belonging and identity.
Make no mistake there have been challenges & blockers. Resistance is still here within our community where we are not seen as residents or customers but rather as something other. It’s made working together in collaborative partnerships with the groups below even more special, a powerful way to improve our community. Through symbolic celebrations such as these an understanding of LGBTIQ communities and populations can be developed through open and inclusive interaction and our little festival is a symbol and an action for interaction which can lead to resilient, harmonious communities with empowered individuals and communities.
Not only do we thank the trailblazing sponsors and partners below from the bottom of our hearts but we encourage community, visitors, residents to use these brands, they have supported something which as a region we have not had before, something way overdue and that is at its very least visibility & at its best true inclusion.