Last weekend was all about glitz and glam with Esperance’s very first Gay Pride Ball for Halloween down at the Cannery Arts Centre.
Finalist for the WA Dragnation contest Electra (AKA Daniel Morrison) hosted the evening, which included queer short film screenings, an amateur drag competition and music by local DJ Nevster.
Cannery Arts manager James Holland said the initial idea came after he saw the Pride WA brochure with events happening in other regional towns across the state.
He noted there was a gap for this kind of event in the Goldfields-Esperance region and set-out to organise the ball after being appointed to his role at the Cannery.
“It’s important in terms of cultural diversity, I think generally the response to the event was very, very positive,” he said.
“I think it had a very positive effect on a lot of local people.”
Mr Holland said he would love to be involved with a similar event next year, with hopes of ongoing gay pride events in town.
“Because it’s the first event of it’s sort in Esperance, I was interested to see what the take up would be on it,” he said.
“I think to have 50 people having a really good time, celebrating their friends, is a really positive for Esperance and shows how wonderful, culturally diverse, and inclusive Esperance is.”