Pictured: YMCA Victoria staff smiling and enjoying themselves at Midsumma Carnival.
On Sunday 20 January YMCA Victoria were proud to host a joint stall with City of Melbourne at the 2019 Midsumma Carnival.
Midsumma Carnival is the opening event of Midsumma Festival; twenty-three days celebrating queer, intersex, transgender, bisexual, lesbian and gay culture.
YMCA Victoria were present with the aim of promoting a number of inclusive events designed with the LGBTQIA+ community in mind including Brunswick Bath’s Q-Fit program and Inclusive Gym and Swim night and Carlton Baths’ upcoming Rainbow Celebration.
Due to this being a relatively new path for the Y, it was vital to receive feedback regarding how accessible the current programs and services are.
For James Anfruns, a YMCA staff member who helped organise the stall, Midsumma Carnival provided an opportunity to directly meet with and engage with LGBTQIA+ people who may not be aware of the Y’s inclusive programs and events.
“There was a lot of interest in our upcoming events at Carlton Baths and Brunswick Baths. Many people commented they had seen the event online and were really looking forward to it, which is really encouraging and demonstrates the need for inclusive programs,” said James.
Several of YMCA Victoria’s local government partners attended the carnival including City of Melbourne (who shared their stall space) and Moreland Council.
“It’s great to see our council partners share our goal of engaging and creating opportunities for the LGBTQIA+ community, as we’ll be able to collaborate on some very exciting activities in the future.”
Kezia Hallam volunteered at the stall and said that the event was a resounding success.
“It’s important for YMCA Victoria to attend and run events for the LGBTQIA+ community to bring our inclusive policies and practices to life,“ said Kezia.
“It was also incredible just to be there and be part of such a diverse and positive celebration.”
Carlton Baths is running their Rainbow Celebration event on Saturday 2 February 2019, as part of Midsumma Festival. Register here.
Brunswick Baths is running their next Inclusive Gym + Swim Night on Saturday 23 February 2019. Learn more here.