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If you’re not familiar with pride, there’s a long-rooted history in the celebration of inclusivity and diversity in the queer community. Pride Month is celebrated in June, in honour of the 1969 Stonewall Riots that were a series of demonstrations by members of the queer community in response to a raid that began at the Stonewall Inn.
Although the queer community is celebrated all year long at Glam Adelaide, we understand that Pride Month is an especially important time to recognise the history, and celebrate the gay community a little more. Here’s our guide to queer safe spaces and party places in Adelaide.
As Pride Month (celebrated in June in honour of the 1969 Stonewall Riots) kicks into gear across the globe, Adelaide’s own LGBTIQ+ Queer Arts and Cultural Festival, FEAST is preparing to paint the town rainbow during our own pride month of Pridevember (November 2021). Hosted annually, the festival this year will highlight and celebrate 50 years of the creation of the term transgender.
Feast Festival will kick off on 6 November – 28 November and you can read all about it, here.
The beloved Adelaide gay bar opened up and brought a little spice to Adelaide’s east end five years ago and have been celebrating all things fabulous ever since. With regular shows from resident drag queens, you’re sure to be entertained in the massive space bursting with colour and boozy cocktails with tongue in cheek names – Schlong Island Iced Tea we’re looking at you.
You can find Mary’s Poppin at 5 Synagogue Pl, Adelaide SA 5000.
Introducing Adelaide’s newest queer friendly nightclub, My Lover Cindi! Here you’ll find DJs playing gay pop anthems on the dance floor, with the nightclub’s main draw its consideration of groups that are often overlooked in the nightlife scene.
The space refrains from using strobe lighting or smoke machines to accommodate patrons with breathing problems or epilepsy, and it’s also accessible for individuals with a mobility aid. Their mission extends to staffing as well, aiming to hire diverse employees and DJs that represent their patrons.
You can find My Lover Cindi at Find My Lover Cindi at 223 Flinders Street.
Cafe, antiques and pre-loved fashion store, art dealer and furniture shop Tullula Bright Emporium is owned by drag queen Tullula Bright, and has been a vibrant locale in the Semaphore area, known for their unique vintage finds and homemade treats that can be found at the adjoining cafe.
The shop features three rooms filled with fabulous fashion, kitchenware, gift items, linens, furniture and art, so there’s never been a better time to support a local business and pick up some charming treasures.
You can find Tullula Bright Emporium at Shops 2 & 3 Semaphore Road, Exeter.
Following its closure in 2017, beloved gay bar Mars Bar has since reopened with a new venue, fresh look and the same legendary crowd. Now located on Hindley Street among the slew of other popular bars and clubs, Mars Bar is host to a number of drag shows, and dedicated nights celebrating queer icons such as Lady Gaga.
You can find Mars Bar at 128 Hindley Street, Adelaide SA 5000.
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