On 28 January, the MHCC marched with the VPS Pride Network contingent at the Midsumma Festival Pride March, celebrating the diversity and solidarity of LGBTI people, and acknowledging the journey towards equality. 

This year marked the 23rd anniversary of the iconic Melbourne event, and the MHCC’s fourth year taking part.

On the day, we joined the Hon. Martin Foley MP, Minister for Housing Disability and Ageing, Mental Health, Equality and Creative Industries, and the Commissioner for Gender and Sexuality, Ro Allen, in the March along Fitzroy Street St Kilda to the Catani Gardens, where the lively and colourful celebration continued.

Commissioner Lynne Coulson Barr said Pride March is an ideal forum for us to engage LGBTI Victorians and build awareness of their right to speak up.

‘The abuse and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people can have a negative impact on their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their access to, and experience of, health services,’ Commissioner Coulson Barr said.

‘Pride March is an opportunity for us to let the LGBTI community know of their right to make a complaint about their experience of a public mental health service, and that we are here to support them in resolving their concerns,’ Commissioner Coulson Barr said.

For more information, download our information sheet for LGBTI people on the mental health principles and making a complaint.

Midsumma Festival is Victoria's premier LGBTI cultural event, made for and by communities who live with shared experiences of diverse gender and sexuality. The summer festival brings together a diverse mix of artists, performers, communities and audiences for a celebration and presentation of innovative LGBTI arts and culture.