Response to QNews’ – “Our own gay State of Origin”
This first appeared on the Brisbane Pride Festival Website MAY 20, 2012
To all Brisbane Pride Members, Friends, Volunteers and the GLBTIQ Community at large,
In issue 299 of QNews an article entitled Our Own Gay State of Origin was published that contained erroneous facts about Brisbane Pride Festival.
The Brisbane Pride Festival would like to set the record straight.
Brisbane Pride Festival does not have an exclusive deal with any publication, Sydney based or otherwise.
We do have a media sponsorship agreement with Star Observer.
Star Observer successfully tendered for and won this position.
QNews was invited to tender and chose not to be part of the process that may have enabled them to be the media sponsor for this years festival. As a sign of good will QNews was even contacted by phone to remind them of the deadline, and still they did not submit a tender.
The deadline for invitees to accept was within the legal guidelines of tender law and QNews amongst other invitees had ample time to reply. The deadline was not Christmas as suggested in the article.
One condition of this tender was that any indication of exclusivity from the media sponsor would not be tolerated by Brisbane Pride Festival.
Brisbane Pride Festival has the right to accept any offers of support and or advertising specials that they deem fit. Brisbane Pride Festival has to this date sent all media releases to all publications of interest including QNews. To date Qnews is the only publication not to print these press releases.
Brisbane Pride Festival has received a commitment of support for Queensland Pride magazine, who despite Brisbane Prides Festival’s media sponsorship with Star Observer see fit to bring to their readers issues of community interest. Brisbane Pride Festival has a strong and positive relationship with both Star Observer and Queensland Pride.
Brisbane Pride Festival Committee is male heavy at the moment but not male exclusive.
The committee has a proud Lesbian member who is in charge of womens interest and youth.
Brisbane Pride Festival works in close conjunction with City Lickers, Scarlet and LHAG, all devoting their efforts to the advancement of the Lesbian and womens community at large.
Brisbane Pride Festival Committee has had six members resign within this financial year. Each of these resignee’s have been contacted and stated that at no time were they ostracised by the rest of the committee. All have resigned for personal reasons, not Pride related reasons.
The Brisbane Pride Festival Committee is not dwindling, in fact it has grown by one member more than has resigned over the last three months.
In conclusion Brisbane Pride Festival is a legal, compliant registered Non For Profit organisation, headed by a team of hard working volunteers dedicated to representing the interests of the entire greater LGBTIQ community. Brisbane Pride Festival is bound by a constitution that ensures the protection of the community we represent and has serious legal consequences if found to be non compliant.
It is Brisbane Pride Festival’s view that the entire community regardless of which letter of the title if any they fall under are represented to the best of the committees ability.
It is the committees view that articles such as the one in QNews do not represent the community or indeed the spirit of it.
It is Brisbane Pride Festival’s opinion that rather than harbouring support for the community in all its forms, this article is in fact divisional and derisive of the community.
It is also insulting to a hard working team of volunteers who give up of their own time to sit on a committee, volunteer to assist at events and of course the members themselves. In striking at Brisbane Pride Festival in such a vicious way, it is the Committees opinion that QNews has struck at the community it so loudly likes to claim it represents.
Brisbane Pride Festival’s, records, books, financials and minutes are open to public scrutiny from its members, who are the community.
Brisbane Pride Festival is owned by its members, QNews is owned by one single business man.
Brisbane Pride Festival is a non for profit association committed to supporting the community and its needs by a constitution. QNews is a commercial business designed to create a single owner with an income.
For the reasons listed above and the irresponsible use of journalistic integrity in allowing an article so incorrect to be published Brisbane Pride Festival is no longer able to support or endorse QNews as a true community publication.
For and on behalf of
BRISBANE PRIDE FESTIVAL Incorporated, IA31167