Sounds Gay, I’m In!

(L-R) Raquel Birch, Belinda Brain, Sue Lodge and Beth Smith (Damjan Janevski). 383766_01

Midsumma is coming to Sunbury, with a picnic style event for First Nations LGBTIQA+ community members and allies of all ages on February 10.

The event is part of the Midsumma Regional Activation series and will be held in partnership between Sunbury Aboriginal Corporation and Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health (SCCH).

Community members will get the chance to connect and there will be live music, food, entertainment and stalls available.

Sunbury Aboriginal Corporation executive officer Raquel Birch said they received such positive feedback after the 2023 IDAHOBIT event.

“Attendees of the 2023 event told us they wanted more opportunities to celebrate pride in Sunbury so we can’t wait for this opportunity to get people together again,” she said.

“[Events like these are important] particularly for people living in outer metro areas where there’s less opportunities, unless you’re travelling into the city.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to do something not just in IDAHOBIT. I think this is a growing community… and it’s important to support it.”

Ms Birch said they came up with the event name ‘Sounds Gay, I’m In!’ after seeing it on a badge when doing research to find a name.

“In the application [for midsumma funding] it said to give it a catchy name.

“It made me laugh and I hoped it would be something that would catch people’s attention and sound fun, like something they would want to come to.”

The picnic will run from 2-5pm at the Sunbury Aboriginal Corporation and there will be free shuttle bus transport available between the event and the Sunbury train station for the duration of the event. Registration is required for the event.