Goulburn Valley Pride Inc.

THE place to meet, socialise and spend time with those you KNOW exist, but you cannot seem to find… (in Greater Shepparton, Victoria, Australia)
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    Join GOTAFE, Goulburn Valley Pride and the OUT in the OPEN Festival and march with us as part of ChillOut Festival’s annual Street Parade!

    Jump on our FREE bus (register here), departing 7AM or meet us in Daylesford from 9.30am-10.00am on Sunday March 10th, for a 10.00am sharp start to march in the Street Parade with GV Pride.

    Then, come with us to Carnival Day for the remainder of the day! Carnival Day tix and more info here.

    FREE bus home will arrive back into Shepparton at 6pm.

    Registrations required > please RSVP here for FREE bus.

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    Assemble for March from 10am (cnr. Lakeside Dve/Fitzroy St)
    March 11am
    Come and join over 100 groups and individuals as we march down Fitzroy St in St Kilda. All the colour and excitement you have come to expect from Pride March Victoria with the added flavour this special celebration. See the original marchers lead us out again and celebrate our first timers.
    When: Sun 4 Feb
    Assembly: 10am at cnr Lakeside Dr & Fitzroy St
    March: 11am
    After march festivities (for marchers only) ’til late in Catani Gardens at completion of the march.

    MUST register to march here … and if you’d like a return bus-trip to Melbourne, please pay/register here.

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    Click the image above or here for tickets.


    Under The Big TOP Pride Ball FAQ’s! (Frequently Asked Questions) 

    Q1. Are there assigned seats or just tables?  

    You choose the table you sit on when you book, however there are no assigned seats at each table. Table numbers will be on each display, and GV Pride event coordinators will be available if you have forgotten your table number or are having challenges with finding your table on the night.  

    Q2. What is included in my ticket?  

    Your ticket includes entry to the event, a 2-course meal, entertainment from our fabulous performers and 1 free drink on arrival of either beer, wine or soft drink. All other drinks need to be purchased (including signature cocktails/mocktails).  

    Q3. What time do I arrive?  

    Doors open at 6pm, with the event formally starting at 7pm. We recommend coming before 6:30pm to get the most out of your night! 

    Q4. Will there be clowns?  

    GV Pride have not hired any clowns for this event, however as the dress code is “take us to the circus” we cannot control how event attendees dress/dress up, or what costumes might inspire them. 

    Q5. I’m an ally (non-queer) person, what’s important for me to know in how to support the LGBTIQA+ community on the night?  

    This is a brave and affirming space for all people to be authentically themselves. Please be mindful of any unconscious bias or judgements you may hold, as well as being mindful of misgendering, using a person’s affirming pronouns and heteronormative behaviours/language. It’s important that all people feel brave to be themselves, welcomed, and included. 

    Q6. I have not purchased a ticket and would like to show up on the night. Are tickets available at the door?  

    Tickets for this event will likely sell out before the event. All dietary needs tickets need to be purchased by January 24th to ensure the Woolshed can cater to needs as required. Limited tickets might be available on the night if not sold beforehand.  

    Q7. Can I bring my child, nibling (or niece/nephew) or friend who is under 18?  

    Unfortunately, not this time. Under the Big TOP is a strictly 18+ event. Head to our website to check out what all ages events are happening throughout the year.  

    Q8. What do I wear!? Is it a costume party? 

    This year’s dress theme is “take us to the circus!”. Costumes are not required; your outfit might look like: 

    – Wearing a circus-themed costume/outfit or giving circus vibes 🎪 

    – Wearing your brightest colours 🌈 

    – Wearing something comfy that makes you happy and affirmed 🥰 

    You being yourself and feeling affirmed is what’s important to us. 💖 

    Q9. Does the venue take cash and card? 

    Yep, both! 💵💳 

    Q10. Is there a bus drop off at the end of the night? 

    Bus drop off is not included as part of this event. We recommend pre-planning your transport to and from the venue by ride sharing with friends, allocating a designated driver or booking a taxi 🚕 

    Q11. Will you have rainbow pride merchandise for sale again? 

    Absolutely! Merchandise will be available from 6pm to 7:30pm. After that, all merchandise sales will need to go through the website and arranged collection/postage in the days after the event. We will have pins, stubby holders, mugs, flags and and lanyards at a minimum for sale.  

    Q12. How accessible is this event and venue?  

    Accessibility: The Woolshed is an accessible venue for wheelchair users and those with mobility needs, with ramps at the entry, level flooring inside the venue and on the decking area, and a mobility inclusive toilet. Although there will be bright lights and loud music, we have made sure to not include strobe lights. For our friends with sensory needs, there is plenty of grassed area and undercover spaces outside the venue for a quiet moment away from the excitement inside. Toilets will not be labelled by gender but will be identified by cubicles and urinals. For more information regarding accessibility, please email gvpride@gvpride.org so we can do our best to support your needs at the event.

    Prefer to download these FAQs as a document? Click here.

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    Date: Tuesday 9 April 2024

    Time: 5.15pm for a 5.30pm start. Finishes at 7.30pm.

    Venue: GOTAFE, 152-200 Fryers Street Shepparton. Room – C205 (Cowley building, level 2, room 5)

    Accessibility: Please contact the organisers of the event for any accessibility requirements you may have.

    Cost: FREE (register here!)

    Additional info: BYO snacks as required.


    Ever wondered what it’s like to be LGBTIQA+?

    What was it like 40 years ago, or 100 years ago?

    Are you curious to know why a pub called the Stonewall Inn is important?

    Do you know when the rainbow flag was first flown?

    Ever heard of a pink triangle?

    Now’s your opportunity to learn in a safe space with others. Together we will create a visual timeline of key moments in the lives of LGBTIQA+ people. Join co-facilitators Emma Hofmeyer (she/her – they/them) and Allison Trethowan (she/her) for this free session.

    This session is part of the Shepparton Festival and is supported by GV Pride and GOTAFE.

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    World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year. It raises awareness across the world and in the community about HIV and AIDS. It is a day for the community to show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died of AIDS related conditions or other conditions associated with HIV.

    During AIDS Awareness Week (the last week of November) we are a local distribution point for red ribbons and other AIDS Awareness Week merchandise. Please get in touch if you’d like some red ribbons and resources for your colleagues, school, workplace, organisation or ‘red’ morning tea via gvpride@gvpride.org

    Drop by GV Pride’s new Community Hub in the Telstra Tower Arcade, Shop 4 / 222 Maude Street between 12.30pm – 2.00pm on Friday 1 December and grab a red ribbon.

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    Join us for our end-of-year gathering.

    GV Pride members FREE! Guests welcome $10pp.

    We’re beginning summer with a Pride Pool Party!

    Activities in the Park is joining GV’s Pride’s end of year Christmas celebrations!

    Register through the QR code or click on the image above.

    Facebook event here.

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    GV Pride has a vacancy on our committee…and YOU’RE invited to apply! Complete the expression of interest form here and we’ll be in touch! More information about what being on the committee involves can be found here.

    PICTURED: Committee and volunteers celebrating during OUT in the OPEN Festival 2020.
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    Local, regional LGBTIQA+ young people are working with LGBTIQA+ elders to capture and showcase their lived histories at several queer cultural/arts events between November 2023 and February 2024 (& beyond) inc. OUTintheOPEN Festival and Under The Big TOP Pride Ball!

    Start your journey here.

    WHEN: 10 November 2023 – 10 February 2024
    Major events – 18 November: OUTintheOPEN Festival Carnival Day & 3 February: Under The Big TOP Pride Ball

    WHERE: Queens Gardens, Shepparton (OUTintheOPEN Festival), The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank, Kialla (Under the Big TOP)

    BY: Goulburn Valley Pride INC.

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    We, the current committee, have been at it for 12 months! Now the time has come to ‘have your say’ in who runs the show! We encourage you ALL to attend, and to vote, and to use this opportunity – tell us what you want and how we can serve you better!

    Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of members of Goulburn Valley Pride Incorporated will be held on Sunday, Aug 13 @ 11.00am at The Aussie Hotel, cnr. Maude/Fryers Streets, Shepparton.

    Agenda/Business: Welcome, Apologies, President’s Report, Financial Report (22/23), Set M/ship Fees (23/24), Election of office bearers for committees and sub-committees, General Business.

    Last year’s (2022) minutes here along with President report for 2022-2023 here and Treasurer report here.

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Thought about becoming a member? We’d love to have you on board (and you need to be a financial member to be on the committee). Join/renew here.

    Nomination form can be found here.

    Join us for lunch from midday after the AGM at The Aussie Hotel. Meals at restaurant prices.

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