Cairns Tropical Pride

About Cairns Tropical Pride

Cairns Tropical Pride was founded in 2007 and incorporated in 2011, with the following aims:

  • To promote social inclusion, well-being, and equality for the LGBT community in Far North Queensland.
  • To enhance enjoyment, connection and discovery of our beautiful people and our idyllic home.
  • To end HIV and HIV related stigma
  • To create a society where people of all genders and sexualities can live with pride and dignity, explore their full human potential, and show their love in an atmosphere of safety and respect.
Cairns Tropical Pride

Cairns Tropical Pride is a volunteer-based organisation run by and for the LGBT community in Far North Queensland. Our events are regularly attended by 1000 to 2000 people, including many from the wider community, which recognizes our inclusion within this broader community.If you are on #teamequal, then you are welcome to join our team! Download and return our membership form and volunteer pack below, and we will see you soon :)

Cairns Tropical Pride hold a ten day festival annually, and several smaller events through the year, at which we engage in health promotion, peer education, esteem building and fostering social connectedness. The Cairns region has a substantial LGBT community, many of whom suffer multiple disadvantages, such as poverty, racial discrimination, disability and/or poor mental health. Our events outreach to and engage with youth, indigenous and other marginalized sectors within our community, very successfully.

Since 2014, we have actively sought national and international links, and to attract LGBT+ visitors to our festival. In 2015, we changed the name of our festival to Tropical Mardi Gras. An influx of visitors from around the world will bring multiple benefits to our LGBT community and to the Cairns region as a whole. We are now inviting folk from all over the globe to join us: escape, dance, discover, swim, party, chill, cuddle and show your love in paradise!

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