Info about Victoria's Pride

Melbourne Pride 2022. Photo by Nikki Russian Photography.

LGBTQIA+ celebrations to showcase Victoria's Pride

A landmark program of pride events and projects will return to Victoria this summer as part of a statewide celebration of LGBTQIA+ communities. 

The annual event will be newly named Victoria’s Pride (previously Melbourne Pride) and will be held across the state for the next four years to support and celebrate our rainbow communities. 

Victoria’s Pride will kick off in December with a series of regional activities, culminating in a one-day street party in Melbourne’s iconic Gertrude and Smith Street precinct on Sunday 12 February 2023 - more event details to come

The event will provide an opportunity for people across the state to demonstrate their pride in and support for LGBTQIA+ communities, as well as for LGBTQIA+ people to connect with one another and feel represented. 

Victoria’s Pride builds on the success of Melbourne Pride, a statewide event held across the 2021-22 summer to mark more than 40 years since the decriminalisation of sex between men in Victoria.  

Midsumma will again deliver Victoria’s Pride in partnership with the Victorian Government. 

The program of regional events will be determined through a Regional Activation Program run by Midsumma, which will provide funding of up to $15k per project to support arts and culture projects which showcase regionally based LGBTIQ+ artists and highlight regional LGBTIQ+ voices and stories. 

To apply for Victoria’s Pride regional funding or to find out more, please visit Applications are open from now until Monday 26 September at 5pm.  



Melbourne Pride 2022: Celebrating 40 years - A Road To Pride

Melbourne Pride was a multi-generational and intersectional celebration; a State Government initiative designed to celebrate and commemorate Victorian LGBTQIA+ history and the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality with events and activities all over the state of Victoria.

The event showcased live performances, music, circus, keynote speakers, activities, community stalls and interactive demonstrations. This event had a significant state-wide impact with live-streaming and pre-recorded content to allow people to engage from home. Street trader engagement is one of the key objectives of the event and local businesses will be open to trade as part of the event.
To ensure state-wide representation of this important celebration, funds were made available through our Regional Grants Program to directly encourage and facilitate involvement in activities either in the lead-up to or on the day within a regional context.
Melbourne Pride 2022 commemorated the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria, featuring a series of activities across regional Victoria and a one-day street party event in Melbourne’s inner north on 13 Feb 2022.

Melbourne Pride made an opportunity for LGBTQIA+ Victorians and our wider community to come together after a challenging period that has exacerbated challenges some LGBTQIA+ people were facing before this pandemic, including isolation.

To commemorate the 40th anniversary since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria, we take the opportunity to acknowledge the courage and resilience of our LGBTQIA+ community. Melbourne Pride has commemorated the event in a contemporary exploration of festivities, Melbourne Pride embarked on a journey of equality through inspirational arts, community involvement, food, and culture. 

Melbourne Pride Livestream

Melbourne Pride commemorated the 40th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria, featuring a series of activities across regional Victoria and a one-day street party event in Melbourne’s inner north - as well as digital online programming that complemented the extensive live offerings.

This stream showcased the state-wide commemorations of PRIDE on this date – commemorating the 40th anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Victoria. A particular highlight is footage of a wide range of regional activations/projects from across Victoria within this digital online event. Please contact us if you would like to view the livestream for research purposes. 

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