Yesterday a big Festival LGBT event was held in Cairns – Fair Day.
Various businesses, parties and organizations put up tents and tables. There were concerts, film screening, marriage equality forum, fashion parade, drag show, and dog competition. The art exhibition was still open. Of course, there were various places to eat and drink. People had a good opportunity to catch up with old friends and make new ones. It was the last day of the Pride week. And it was great!
Here are some photos:
Yesterday, as part of the Cairns Pride Week, I attended a cabaret show by Matthew Mitcham.
Before sharing with you my impressions of the show, I wish to remind you who is Matthew Mitcham.
Matthew Mitcham (born 2 March 1988 in Brisbane, Queensland) is a retired Australian diver. He is the 2008 Olympic champion in the 10m platform, having received the highest single-dive score in Olympic history. He was the first openly gay athlete to win an Olympic gold medal. He is the first Australian male to win an Olympic gold medal in diving since Dick Eve at the 1924 Summer Olympics.
In Australia, Matthew Mitcham is one of the most popular athletes, and for the LGBT community, he is a gay icon.
Here is the link to a video where you can watch his victorious Olympic dive.
Currently, Matthew is trying himself in show business. He was helped to create a one-hour cabaret show Up Close and Personal (on the basis of his autobiographical book Twists and Turns), which we saw yesterday in Cairns. He sings in English, in French (his French is very good, and by the way, he said that he loves languages) and a little in other languages, dances, cracks jokes and talks serious stuff. The audience is fully involved in the performance, and Matthew makes you feel that he is your friend. Matthew is in fine form, sincere, charming and handsome.
Here are a few yesterday’s pictures:
Tomorrow, Saturday, begins the Pride Week in Cairns.
Here’s the link to the program: http://www.cairnstropicalpride.com/
I’d like to highlight some key events within the framework of this LGBT week.
30 September: “Out!” party after the concert of Elton John in Cairns
– 16.30 Survival (At QuAC (our gay centre), LGBT elders will share stories of survival – of challenges they faced and overcame. Funny stories. Sad stories. Some may bring a tear to your eye. But all will be uplifting.)
– 20.00 Concert by Matthew Mitcham (our Olympic champion, now also an actor and musician)
6 October: Opening of the Gaze Art exhibition
8 October: Fair Day
Elton John (born in 1947, coming-out in 1976):
Matthew Mitcham (born in 1988, coming-out in 2008):