McK Pride Club

On the warm summer day of Sunday 6 February, the St Kilda sun was ablaze and the ground was burning. The air was filled with Midsumma Pride. The pre-march at the Ian Johnson Oval was a great chance to catch up with former McKinnon students as well as meet our students representing other groups on the day. Scout clubs, youth groups and other schools were all mingled as part of the early Youth wave and the pre-march is always lots of fun. This year, with group size limits dropped, parents and partners were able to join the march too.

The Midsumma Pride March is a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies to congregate. The March has been ongoing since 1996 and McKinnon Secondary Pride Club was so fortunate to be able to attend this event. We marched to show people that their beliefs around LGBTQIA+ kids can and will be defied. We exist and we are proud!

McKinnon shone in the march, wearing their colours proudly and holding our banner with enthusiasm. The banner represents us and the rest of McKinnon Secondary, showing that we are an accepting and positive school and that we provide a safe environment. This banner was created by students of McKinnon Pride last year, displaying each part of the community through their flags.

The march led to Catani Gardens, where we had tasty food, danced to fun music and got to see the rest of the march make its way down to join us. We all had an amazing time and are looking forward to Midsumma next year. We ask that if you wish to show your support for the LGBTQIA+ community, speak to someone you know, ask questions, or simply use the correct pronouns and name to respect each persons’ identity.

If you have any enquiries or want to join our club contact Jordan Abela or Katherine Sip. 

Zane Rembach, Edie Zalchendler, Charlotte Nichols, Mr Abela and Miss Sip

McK Pride Club