Ballarat Pride Hub marks its official launch

Eight months after starting operations, Ballarat Pride Hub has officially launched themselves in the community.

“We’ve been running since March but we just felt the need to get us out there a little bit more because people are still not really picking up on the fact that we are around … and we want to cement ourselves among the other community organisations around Ballarat,” said Pride Hub president Kirsten Holden.

LAUNCH: Cameron Tougher, Kirsten Holden, Jen McInerney and Joel Kakouris  at the official launch of the Ballarat Pride Hub. Picture: Dylan Burns

LAUNCH: Cameron Tougher, Kirsten Holden, Jen McInerney and Joel Kakouris at the official launch of the Ballarat Pride Hub. Picture: Dylan Burns

The hub was established to fill a gap in support services for LGBTI people in Ballarat, particularly young members of the community.

The group also consults with local businesses and organisations to help make them more diverse and accepting of any differences, not just LGBTIQ, and provides a safe social space for LGBTIQ community and people who love them to have fun and enjoy spending time together.

Kirsten Holden

Kirsten Holden

Based at Ballarat Trades Hall, Ms Holden was grateful for the amount of support the hub had received since its inception.

“I don’t think we could have anticipated the amount of demand we would have when we did start, but it’s just been a really enlightening and rewarding experience.”

The organisation’s official launch comes ahead of the same sex marriage poll result being released on Wednesday.

“We probably have a pretty good idea of what the answer is going to be, but it’s still intimidating because it’s not very often that you spend three months walking in to a room knowing people in that room don’t agree with who you are. It’s taken a huge toll in the community and the decision will be a bit of a relief,” Ms Holden said.