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celebrate idahobit with pride in water

Join us to celebrate IDAHOBIT and LGBTIQ+ inclusion in the water industry

30 years ago – on May 17, 1990 – the World Health Organization removed homosexuality from the Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems. International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) celebrates LGBTIQ people globally, and raises awareness for the work still needed to support the LGBTIQ+ community.

On IDAHOBIT (May 17), people all over the world will stand against discrimination in support of our LGBTIQ+ mates, colleagues and families. This year, Pride in Water is celebrating through these unique times with an on-line event on Thursday May 14. Join us for our virtual event, where-ever you are in Australia, as we connect the water industry to celebrate LGBTIQ+ inclusion, while we self-isolate to protect the health of our community.

Our exciting line-up includes: 

Joe Ball (they/them) – CEO of Switchboard Victoria. The Victorian partner service of QLIFE.  Joe identifies as transgender and non-binary, and is a passionate advocate for connecting the LGBTIQA+ communities through the work of Switchboard.

Mama Alto (she/her) – jazz singer, cabaret artiste & gender transcendent diva. She is a transgender and queer person of colour who works with the radical potential of storytelling, strength in softness and power in vulnerability.

Sarah Thomson (she/her) – General Manager of Commercial (Chief Financial Officer) for Goulburn Valley Water. Sarah is a passionate advocate for LGBTIQ+ inclusion, and is a volunteer Board member for the THREE for all foundation.

This event will be hosted by Jacquie Moon (she/her) and Brendan Moore (he/him), co-founders of Pride in Water. This will be an opportunity to support Pride in Water and find out how you can be part of celebrating and embracing LGBTIQ+ diversity and inclusion in the water industry across Australia.
We hope you can join us to hear the unique perspectives of these LGBTIQ+ advocates, followed by a short Q & A.


  • This is a free event, however we will be encouraging participants to donate to Switchboard Victoria to support this not-for-profit organisation that is supporting the LGBTIQ+ community during Coronavirus (COVID-19). Details of how to do this will made available closer to the event.
  • We will be using the event platform webinar jam – this works best on Chrome, Firefox and Safari.
  • We will be recording this event to be made available after the date. This will be available on our website.
  • There will be an opportunity to ask questions through the chat function.

For further info – please contact info@prideinwater.com.au

Stay in touch and up to date by following our Pride in Water facebook and LinkedIn pages


When: Thursday May 14, 2020
Time: 2pm – 3pm
Cost: This is a free event.
Please register here to take part in the event.
Note: Please register using a browser such as Chrome / Firefox / Safari (not Internet explorer)

Previous Pride in Water events



Join Pride in Water in our first water industry wide contingent for the MIDSUMMA PRIDE MARCH, 2020.

We are very excited to join water authorities across Victoria to walk proudly in the Midsumma Pride March. Bring your work colleagues, your family and friends to be part of our contingent.

The Midsumma pride march is a chance to join over 7000 people to proudly walk down Fitzroy st, St Kilda while over 40,000 people line the street in support. This year is the 25th year of the Midsumma Pride March, which started back in 1996 as an expression of solidarity and pride.

“In 2020, we will remember that Midsumma Pride March is about affirming that we’re fabulous, and we’re loved, and we’re diverse and we’re proud. We march in solidarity for those who can not.” – Midsumma Festival


When: 11am – Sunday, 02 February 2020
Where: Ian Johnson Oval, St Kilda

Please register for further information on the meeting place and what to bring.


Are you interested in coming along? email info@prideinwater.com.au and we can send you out the details of where to find us etc.

The Pride in Water contingent will have a limited amount of t-shirts to be purchased on the day for $25.

Registration is free, and you can just turn up on the day. However, we do ask that you pre-register so we know how many people to expect.


  • Bring your friends, family and work colleagues to celebrate our diverse community.
  • It will be hot! Bring sun protection, comfortable shoes and a drink bottle!
  • Join our bright contingent – bring your placards and rainbow flags (we’ll have a limited amount to share on the day)
  • If you have a rainbow umbrella – bring it along
  • Our contingent is about PRIDE in the WATER industry – if you have a water spraying toy, please bring it along!

The Midsumma Pride march is a safer space for the LGBTIQ+ community

Please note, Pride in Water is environmentally conscious. Please consider your use of single use plastic and single use drink bottles on the day.

For information on accessibility, please contact the Pride in Water team directly.

For further info – please contact info@prideinwater.com.au

Stay in touch and up to date by following our Pride in Water facebook and LinkedIn pages

What is Midsumma

Midsumma festival is a queer arts and cultural festival that brings together a diverse mix of LGBTQIA+ artists, performers, communities and audiences. The festival has run since 1988, when it first began as Victoria’s premier gay and lesbian arts and culture festival.

Every January, the festival runs throughout Melbourne for 22 days of visual arts, live music, theatre, spoken word, cabaret, film, parties, sport, social events, and public forums. This year there are over 194 events in the festival program that spread over the three weeks.

Midsumma Festival will open on Sunday 19 January 2020, with Midsumma Carnival in the Alexandra Gardens and Midsumma Pride March returning to St Kilda on Sunday 2 February 2020.

Check out the Midsumma program to find out more information.



Midsumma Pride March

The Midsumma Pride March is a time to come together and celebrate our diverse and beautiful LGBTIQ+ community. Through a march of unity, the vibrant and colourful Midsumma Pride March is a safer space for the LGBTIQ+ community and allies to come together. This year, we celebrate 25 years of the Midsumma Pride March. Whether you join the march by foot or by wheel, with workmates or with family, with friends or with lovers, and as ally or as queer, Midsumma Pride March is a time for you to celebrate who you are.

For more information about the history of the Midsumma March, check out their website

A pride march is a parade through the street to celebrate the people that have come before us to fight for our equal rights and to show that we are proud of who we are.

For information about the history of Pride march’s throughout the world, and more information on World Pride, head over to this page