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Sharing our Pride

13 December 2022

In November, Rise proudly marched alongside Living Proud at the Perth Pride Event! Living Proud had been working with Pride WA to make the 2022 parade an all-access event, which we think is incredible!

Everyone who marched had an amazing time, and only had incredible things to say about the event.

Shaun Mays, Director of Strategy and Growth

“A wonderful event that brings everyone together, including Rise staff to show our support and raise awareness.  Really encourage everyone to get involved next year to march, cheer and be there for our Rise LGBTIQA+, staff, volunteers, clients and communities.”

Mathias Jansen, Accounts Payable Officer

“The Coventry pavilion pre-pride bingo was amazing to attend with engaging drag queens throughout the night keeping the atmosphere alive and fruity.

The pride walk was adventurous to attend, with a range of Rise employees and family out supporting #FullEqualityNow with the Living Proud organisation.

It was difficult to wave and engage with the crowd, being quite embarrassed and losing a game of what are the odds, I had to give a plethora of high-fives to strangers.  

I 100% hope I can march again next year and have more time to prepare a loud costume."

Casey Richards, PWD Senior Coordinator & Right to Belong Champion

“My wife Devon and I had an absolutely fabulous time at Pride this year. What a privilege to March alongside our fellow Rise and LGBTIQA+ community and allies.

At first Devon and I where nervous, but it took no time for the excitement and energy of the marches and crowd to take over… First thing we said after finishing the Parade is, ‘we will be doing this again next year, bigger and better’.”

Karen Wittcomb, Senor Coordinator – Service Delivery 

“What an incredible experience the Pride Parade was. Walking the route, everyone was smiling and shouting support. I remember Shaun saying, “As soon as you turn the corner it’s going to get real!!!!” And wow… did it. As soon as I waved, a mass of onlookers waved back or asked for a high five. We had so much fun and have already discussed what we’re going to wear next year!"

Jemma Gericevich, Intake and Referral Coordinator – Aged Care

“It was an absolute honour to be involved in the Pride Parade with the Rise and Living Proud teams. The atmosphere of love and acceptance that filled Northbridge was overwhelming and brought a tear to my eye.

Never one to shy away from a dress up opportunity I was excited to deck myself out in rainbows and sparkles, however some of the beautifully detailed and eye-catching outfits on display showed that we will really need to up our game if we are invited back next year!

I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone who has a chance to be part of this incredible and joyful event in the future to jump in with both feet, you won’t regret it!”

Thanks for having us Living Proud and Pride WA!

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