headspace Berri proudly hosted the third annual Riverland Pride March on Friday, 22nd September along the picturesque Loxton riverfront. The event was made possible through a collaborative approach between headspace Berri and their dedicated youth reference group hERO. 110 participants came together to celebrate our local LGBTQIA+ community with invaluable support from FocusOne Health, Relationships Australia SA, Loxton High School, and the District Council of Loxton Waikerie.
The spirited participants of the event made their way along the banks of the mighty Murray River, which, mere months ago, had inundated the region during the flood. Thanks to the meticulous preparations by Loxton Waikerie Council, the riverfront was immaculately restored and lush, creating an inviting atmosphere for the March. The walkways were adorned with colourful chalk, and the crowd resembled a kaleidoscope, featuring an abundance of rainbow hues, headspace green, and a dazzling array of outfits.
The Pride March is an opportunity to show young people that they are loved and supported while celebrating diversity and inclusion. The overwhelmingly positive feedback received underscores the importance of providing a secure haven for our local LGBTQIA+ community, allowing them to express their true selves and connect with others. As eloquently articulated by one participant, the Riverland Pride March "gives LGBTQIA+ members the chance to express themselves and involve themselves in a community that celebrates them."
This March was made possible through a Pride Foundation Australia grant.