Pridefinder Podcast

The Rainbow Road Trip was a commissioned podcast project that toured to regional communities within Victoria to collect stories about the LGBTQIA+ experience. This story-gathering project travelled to regional locations during the 2023 Midsumma Festival as part of the State Government’s initiative, Victoria’s Pride.

Helene Thomas; an award-winning creative audio producer, journalist, and queer ally, developed a mobile story studio called the ‘Wayfinder’ with the purpose of encouraging connection, cultivating empathy and preserving people’s experiences. The Wayfinder met Midsumma and soon became the “Pridefinder” collecting over 40 stories from regionally
living LGBTQIA+ Victorians.

Throughout this series you will hear first-hand, the successes, hopes, dreams, fears and struggles of diverse members of the community.

The Pridefinder Podcast will be launched during Pride Month on Friday 2nd June 2023 and will be released on Tuesdays and Fridays in the lead up to the 2024 festival season.

Want to be a part of the Pridefinder Podcast?

We hope to continue collecting stories from regional LGBTQIA+ folk as part of the Pridefinder project each year. If you’d like to have the Pridefinder visit your community, then please email [email protected] to register your interest!

On Saturday 28th January 2023, the Pridefinder made its first stop in Geelong. It set up in Johnstone Park, just outside the library and collected stories from local LGBTQIA+ folk.

These episodes were recorded on the lands of the Wadawarrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the various lands on which you live, work and play today, and a acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise the important role that art has played on these lands for thousands of years and feel privileged to work alongside artists continuing the creative practice of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Always was, always will be.

Daisy

This episode will be released on Friday 2nd June

Daisy (she/they) is a queer person who isn't a big fan of labels as she feels her identity is fairly transient.

​In this episode, you'll hear Daisy speak about her experiences growing up on the Bellarine, how she has found and built her community around her in Geelong and some of the hopes she has for the future.

​There are no significant trigger warnings for this episode, but if you find anything distressing then please seek support from a loved one or one of the helplines listed at the bottom of this description.​

This podcast is released every Tuesday and Friday and could not have been possible without the support of our local community partners, Midsumma and the Fairer Victoria portfolio of the Victorian State Government.

Episode Credits

Wayfinder, Interviewer & Editing : Helene Thomas

​Episode Introduction: Kat Celikaite

Danae

This episode will be released on Tuesday 6th June

Acknowledgement & Credits

This project could not have been possible without the support of our local community partners, Midsumma and the Fairer Victoria portfolio of the Victorian State Government.
Many thanks to our audio producer, editor and story collector Helene Thomas and her beautiful studio, The Wayfinder, without which this project couldn’t have existed.

Seek Support

These conversations are frank, honest and reflect the language, thoughts, history and opinions of the individual. Views may not be shared by Midsumma or the Victorian State Government.

Please, keep yourself safe and refer to the show notes for specific triggers related to each episode.

If something in this podcast has made you feel uncomfortable or brought up challenging feelings, please seek support from a loved one or one of the helplines listed below.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm-midnight)
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

For its second stop, the Pridefinder made its way to Ballarat and pulled up alongside the beautiful Lake Wendouree.

These episodes were recorded on the lands of the Wadawarrung & Dja Dja Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the various lands on which you live, work and play today, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise the important role that art has played on these lands for thousands of years and feel privileged to work alongside artists continuing the creative practice of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Always was, always will be.

Markus

This episode will be released on Friday 9th June

Jay

This episode will be released on Tuesday 13th June

Annabel

This episode will be released on Friday 16th June

Sean

This episode will be released on Tuesday 20th June

Vince & Daz

This episode will be released on Friday 23rd June

Acknowledgement & Credits

This project could not have been possible without the support of our local community partners, Midsumma and the Fairer Victoria portfolio of the Victorian State Government.
Many thanks to our audio producer, editor and story collector Helene Thomas and her beautiful studio, The Wayfinder, without which this project couldn’t have existed.

Seek Support

These conversations are frank, honest and reflect the language, thoughts, history and opinions of the individual. Views may not be shared by Midsumma or the Victorian State Government.

Please, keep yourself safe and refer to the show notes for specific triggers related to each episode.

If something in this podcast has made you feel uncomfortable or brought up challenging feelings, please seek support from a loved one or one of the helplines listed below.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm-midnight)
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

The third stop on the Rainbow Road Trip was Bendigo. Here, the Pridefinder set up outside the Thorne Harbour Country hub to connect with the local community.

These episodes were recorded on the lands of the Dja Dja Wurrung & Taungurung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the various lands on which you live, work and play today, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise the important role that art has played on these lands for thousands of years and feel privileged to work alongside artists continuing the creative practice of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Always was, always will be.

Dr Linda

This episode will be released on Tuesday 27th June

Sophie Leigh

This episode will be released on Friday 30th June

Alicia

This episode will be released on Tuesday 4th July

Alexander

This episode will be released on Friday 7th July

Samantha

This episode will be released on Tuesday 11th July

Andrew-Catherine

This episode will be released on Friday 14th July

Acknowledgement & Credits

This project could not have been possible without the support of our local community partners, Midsumma and the Fairer Victoria portfolio of the Victorian State Government.
Many thanks to our audio producer, editor and story collector Helene Thomas and her beautiful studio, The Wayfinder, without which this project couldn’t have existed.

Seek Support

These conversations are frank, honest and reflect the language, thoughts, history and opinions of the individual. Views may not be shared by Midsumma or the Victorian State Government.

Please, keep yourself safe and refer to the show notes for specific triggers related to each episode.

If something in this podcast has made you feel uncomfortable or brought up challenging feelings, please seek support from a loved one or one of the helplines listed below.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm-midnight)
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

After visiting Bendigo, the Pridefinder rolled down the road to the small community of Kyneton. The studio set up outside The Old Auction House, where Macedon Ranges Accessible Arts was hosting one of our Regional Activation Program events; an art exhibition titled That’s Soo Gay!

These episodes were recorded on the lands of the Taungurung people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the various lands on which you live, work and play today, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise the important role that art has played on these lands for thousands of years and feel privileged to work alongside artists continuing the creative practice of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Always was, always will be.

Kate

This episode will be released on Tuesday 18th July

B

This episode will be released on Friday 21st July

Alex

This episode will be released on Tuesday 25th July

Rhani & Emma

This episode will be released on Friday 28th July

Nick

This episode will be released on Tuesday 1st August

Mez

This episode will be released on Friday 4th August

Rhain

This episode will be released on Tuesday 8th August

Acknowledgement & Credits

This project could not have been possible without the support of our local community partners, Midsumma and the Fairer Victoria portfolio of the Victorian State Government.
Many thanks to our audio producer, editor and story collector Helene Thomas and her beautiful studio, The Wayfinder, without which this project couldn’t have existed.

Seek Support

These conversations are frank, honest and reflect the language, thoughts, history and opinions of the individual. Views may not be shared by Midsumma or the Victorian State Government.

Please, keep yourself safe and refer to the show notes for specific triggers related to each episode.

If something in this podcast has made you feel uncomfortable or brought up challenging feelings, please seek support from a loved one or one of the helplines listed below.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm-midnight)
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

On 3 February 2023, the Pridefinder made a long journey into Gippsland and set up in front of PollyannaR Gallery Studio in Morwell. PollyannaR was hosting another one of our Regional Activation Program events: I DO love Queer Disability.

These episodes were recorded on the lands of the Braiakaulung people of the Gunaikurnai Nation. We pay our respects to their elders past and present. We also acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the various lands on which you live, work and play today, and acknowledge that sovereignty has never been ceded. We recognise the important role that art has played on these lands for thousands of years and feel privileged to work alongside artists continuing the creative practice of one of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. Always was, always will be.

PollyannaR

This episode will be released on Friday 11th August

Skye

This episode will be released on Tuesday 15th August

Emily

This episode will be released on Friday 18th August

Acknowledgement & Credits

This project could not have been possible without the support of our local community partners, Midsumma and the Fairer Victoria portfolio of the Victorian State Government.
Many thanks to our audio producer, editor and story collector Helene Thomas and her beautiful studio, The Wayfinder, without which this project couldn’t have existed.

Seek Support

These conversations are frank, honest and reflect the language, thoughts, history and opinions of the individual. Views may not be shared by Midsumma or the Victorian State Government.

Please, keep yourself safe and refer to the show notes for specific triggers related to each episode.

If something in this podcast has made you feel uncomfortable or brought up challenging feelings, please seek support from a loved one or one of the helplines listed below.

  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
  • QLife: 1800 184 527 (3pm-midnight)
  • Beyond Blue: 1300 22 4636
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

The Pridefinder is a podcast studio on wheels, touring around regional communities within Victoria to collect stories about the LGBTQIA+ experience. This story-gathering project will travel to regional locations that have or will host an event within Midsumma’s Regional Activation Program. 
 
Helene Thomas is an award-winning audio producer, advocate and great ally for our community with a passion for collecting and sharing stories and she will be the captain of Pridefinder’s journey and The Wayfinders inaugural trip from Tasmania to the mainland. She will collect stories focusing on the lives, history and reflections of regional LGBTQIA+ people. 
 
These recordings will then be presented at Victoria’s Pride Street Party on February 12, 2023.

Itinerary: Where the Pridefinder went

  • Saturday 28 January: GEELONG
    • 10:00am - 4:00pm, Geelong Library
    • in partnership with Geelong Library and Koori Pride
  • Sunday 29 January: BALLARAT
    • 10:00am - 4:00pm, Boat Ramp, Windmill Drive, Lake Wendouree
    • in partnership with Frolic Festival
  • Monday 30 January: BENDIGO
    • 10:00am - 4:00pm, Bendigo Community Hub
    • in partnership with Bendigo Pride and Thorne Harbour Country 
  • Tuesday 31 January: KYNETON
    • 11:00am - 5:00pm, The Old Auction House Arts Precinct and Gallery 
    • in partnership with Macedon Ranges Accessible Arts
  • Friday 3 February: MORWELL
    • 10:00am - 4:00pm, PollyannarR Gallery Studio
    • in partnership with PollyannaR PTY LTD 
  • Saturday 4 February: SALE
    • 9:00am - 2:30pm, Wellington Shire Seed Garden
    • in partnership with Gippsland Pride Initiative
  • Sunday 5 February: WARRAGUL
    • 10:00am - 4:00pm, West Gippsland Arts Centre
    • in partnership with West Gippsland Arts Centre 
  • Wednesday 8 February: WANGARATTA
    • 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Wangaratta Woolen Mills
    • in partnership with LINE Wangaratta
  • Friday 10 February: SHEPPARTON
    • 9:00am - 6:00pm, Cnr of Stewart Street and Maude Street Mall, Shepparton
    • in partnership with Goulburn Valley Pride Shepparton
  • Sunday 12 February: FITZROY
    • 11:00am - 6:00pm, Victoria's Pride Street Party
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