Supporting our people and the community alike is important to us.
Many of our people identify as LGBTI+, and many more people in the broader community do too. Still more show their support as allies – parents, relatives, children, and friends. We are loud and proud supporters of the LGBTI+ community.
Another summer of colour is coming!
Midsumma Festival is Australia's premier queer arts and cultural festival, bringing together a diverse mix of LGBTI+ artists, performers and communities. This year, the festival will open on Sunday, 19 January, 2020 with the iconic Midsumma Carnival in the Alexandra Gardens.
James Bruce, Head of Digital Portfolio & Performance and Chairperson of AGL Shine – AGL’s network to support LGBTI+ employees – said we are proud to renew our support of these two leading events in the LGBTI+ calendar.
‘Since we first announced our partnership with Midsumma in 2015, we are delighted to have seen it go from strength to strength – offering a range of arts, culture and community events,” said James.
‘AGL has had a major presence at the Midsumma Carnival in January each year, with our Pride Parlour providing a photo booth and hair and make-up studios for the benefit of revellers.
‘Our people have always played an active role in these events too, including walking proudly along Fitzroy Street in St Kilda in the Midsumma Pride March.’
Meanwhile, Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, which runs for two weeks in February, is set to once again showcase powerful LGBTI+ stories from all over the world.
‘We’re really pleased to continue to sponsor the Mardi Gras Film Festival, which extends a relationship dating back to 2016,’ James said.
‘As an Employer of Choice in the Australian Workplace Equality Index, we hope both these partnerships continue to encourage our people to be their whole selves, in and out of the workplace.’
Bringing our pride to Brisbane
Inspired by the success of AGL’s Pride Parlour at Midsumma over the past few years, James Tolcher – Community Relations Coordinator – recently helped to create a similar experience for our communities in Brisbane.
‘I’ve struggled through many homophobic workplaces in the past,’ James said.
‘This year I partnered with two talented local queens, Gayleen Tuckwood and Shaniqua T-Bone, to launch our first ever stall at Pride Fair Day – which is part of the Brisbane Pride Festival.
‘We were definitely one of the busiest stalls on the day, we had so many excited attendees lining up to get their faces done by the fabulous local celebrity performers!’
The stall offered James and the team a great opportunity to connect with their customers and colleagues – and he said he’s looking forward to camping it up next year for an even more fabulous Pride Fair Day!