Peter Dewildt Award – Most Significant Message
Awarded to the group with a timely and well-conveyed message of pride. This award honours the memory of Peter Dewildt (1953-2019) who was the first president of Pride March Victoria (now known as Midsumma Pride March).
More information about Peter Dewildt: Peterâ€
Winner: LAHRC Latin American & Hispanic Rainbow Community (Official release)
Honourable Mentions: Indigenous Pride, Homestyle Aged Care Service, Coburg High School, Performing Older Women’s Circus
Pride March Pics
Wow! What an amazing news. We are thrilled and humbled to learn about Midsumma considering us for the Peter Dewildt Award. Thank you so much for providing an inclusive space for multicultural LGBTIQ+ communities within the Pride March.
Since July 2016 when LAHRC was established, we envisioned a space to share our culture with the Australian LGBTIQ+ community, to provide information for newly arrived LGBTIQ+ Latinx people, especially those living with HIV, which still a huge epidemic in Latin America.
And also, to create awareness of the issues that happen in our countries of origin where LGBTIQ+ people and specially transgender people still get murdered on a daily basis.
Political Statements Pics
“Yes our cultures are well known as colourful and happy, but in a perpetual cognitive dissonance it is also very cruel and violent towards LGBTIQ+ communities. We might have won some fights for equal rights, but that doesn’t mean that Latinx countries have stop discriminating against our communities.”
SOS Colombia and SOS Latin America Pics
We thank Midsumma for the opportunity not to only celebrate and share our culture, but also to provide a safe political space to have our voices heard.
Also we would love to thank the creative team behind the LAHRC float:
- The Queer Condors Team
- Bloko 3K for the support, fantastic music and energy
- SOS Colombia and SOS Latin America team
- All LAHRC members and allies that marched this year with us and those who couldn’t march with us
Thank you so much for the Award, it means a lot!
Photo Credits: SBS In Spanish, StarObserver, David Rojas, Midsumma Team, Lewis Fly, Herald Sun