Six citizen reporters from Telstra, Elana Monteleone, Nick McCabe, Ross Healy, Simone Guin, Stefanie Papas and Susie Thorne, are sharing their Midsumma Festival experiences on social media throughout the 2017 Midsumma Festival.
As a Kiwi who is new to Melbourne I am excited to see how the LGBTQI community celebrate over here in OZ! Queer culture is a cornerstone of my life as a gay twenty-something. Nowhere else have I discovered a stronger sense of belonging, community, pride and strength. We celebrate together, we mourn together and we stand tall together.
I'm thrilled to take part in Midsumma as it's my second year living in Melbourne with my partner and we love taking part in events that celebrate queer culture and history. Not only is it important to be comfortable with who you are, but to surround yourself with others who only want the same is a solid reminder that we're never alone and, together, we can create a better future.
I'm really excited to be a part of Midsumma because this is the first year I'll be celebrating it out – and attending my first pride parade. Celebrating queer culture is extremely important to me because I think for us to be a more cohesive society we should recognise and celebrate our differences and uniqueness.
I am a strong believer in supporting equality – people are people, I look forward to celebrating all forms of diversity and life and to have a lot of fun – it doesn't cost to smile and the investment of laughing has a huge pay off! I am passionate about volunteering and embracing humanity with empathy and care.
Melbourne is one of the warmest and most welcoming places I have been as a queer person and Midsumma has a big part to play in that. A festival full of art, music and theatre celebrating queer culture – what more could a person want.