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The contemporary role of urban LGBTQI+ festivals and events


Vorobjovas-Pinta, O and Fong-Emmerson, M, The contemporary role of urban LGBTQI+ festivals and events, Event Management: An International Journal pp. 1-43. ISSN 1525-9951 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3727/152599522X16419948694720


Australia hosts several world-renowned events catering to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, and gender diverse (LGBTQI+) people such as Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, and Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival. Such events enable LGBTQI+ communities to celebrate their identities, political achievements, and self-acceptance. The objective of this study was to understand the role urban LGBTQI+ festivals and events are designed to play in contemporary Australia. To address this objective, the annual reports of Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Melbourne Midsumma Festival between 2010 and 2019 (inclusive) were analysed and five overarching themes related to the role of LGBTQI+ events were identified. These were: 1) Mainstreaming LGBTQI+ events as tourist attractions; 2) Supporting LGBTQI+ communities; 3) Encouraging the visibility and education of and about LGBTQI+ culture; 4) Challenging the political and social status quo; and 5) Addressing intersectionality and including other marginalised groups.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:LGBTQI+, Melbourne’s midsumma festival, Sydney gay and lesbian Mardi gras, annual report analysis, pride events, social justice, thematic analysis
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Tourism
Research Field:Impacts of tourism
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Socio-cultural issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Vorobjovas-Pinta, O (Dr Oscar Vorobjovas-Pinta)
ID Code:150776
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Sociology and Criminology
Deposited On:2022-06-29
Last Modified:2022-06-30

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