Empowering Our LGBTQIA+ Community

3 min March 2nd, 2021
Community Bonds and Workplace Happiness

We’re committed to promoting an equal and diverse environment for our staff, customers and the broader community.

We recognise this as being essential in delivering a welcoming and safe spaces for all. Our AdVanCe LGBTQIA+ program is designed to help support as well as promote an open and welcoming environment across our business for all of our LGBTQIA+ community.

AVC has always embraced all things glitter and glam, being stallholders at Midsumma Festival, Big Gay Day – Brisbane’s biggest LGBTQIA+ event, Mardi Gras friendly activities and residential drag queens across multiple venues in each state.

The Winery, Sydney

Each year, The Winery participates in Mardi Gras activities. With live entertainment and a facelift to match, this venue turns rainbow for all the right reasons! With new cocktail concoctions, every year just in celebration and events to keep you busy, The Winery is home to great fun every Mardis Gras.

The Wickham, Brisbane

Back for its 22nd instalment in 2022 was Brisbane’s biggest rainbow festival hosted by our very own The Wickham Hotel! Big Gay Day was established back in 2000 and continues to be the best celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community whilst also raising funds for charities like The Queensland Aid Council, Brisbane Pride and Open Doors Youth Services.

2021 saw over 1,800 people attend, with 5,500 vodka lime sodas poured, 100 performers and entertainers employed and over $10,000 donated. And 2022 did not disappoint! All funds raised at the 2022 event supported two amazing charities, Diverse Voices and 2Spirits.

On top of closing down an inner-city street for the day’s celebrations, Brisbane’s Story Bridge, Victoria Bridge, Sir Leo Hielscher and Town Hall were also all lit up in rainbow lights in honour of the event. And with over 3,500 tickets sold and almost 100 acts and performers on the day, this year’s event was our largest event to date!

The old gal is also undergoing a major makeover, with 137 years of history and heritage-listed walls, we can’t wait for her doors to swing back open. Read about what’s to come here.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Australian Venue Co. acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.

Australian Venue Co. is a place free from discrimination, where everyone belongs. We respect and celebrate the diversity of our communities, including people of all cultural and faith backgrounds, classes, gender and sexual identities, ages and abilities and we are committed to creating a safe and welcoming space for all.