The AFLW’s Pride Match between Carlton & Western Bulldogs at the Whitten Oval is in its third year, and this year rainbows will take over the rest of Footscray, with Bulldog Pride organising the first ever Footscray Pride March. 

The march will assemble in the Footscray CBD and make its way down the main street to Whitten Oval, led by the Dykes on Bikes and drag performers from the local queer bar. The focus of the event will be to showcase the pride and diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community in the western suburbs of Melbourne. 

The AFLW Pride Match attracts thousands of attendees every year, many who have never attended a professional Australian rules football match. The game was spearheaded by the Western Bulldogs football club and their LGBTIQA+ coterie group, Bulldog Pride, as a way to promote diversity and inclusion in the game. 

Where: Nicholson Street Mall, Footscray

When: Saturday 22 February, 2020. Gathering 12.30, marching to start at 1pm

Quotes attributable to Bulldog Pride President Amy Fabry-Jenkins: 

“Being Bulldog is about sticking together through adversity. We’re proud to be a part of a club that is proud of us, and that has been so supportive of our work with LGBTIQA+ fans”

“We chose to march down Barkly Street because it links up all of Footscray’s major icons, finishing at the heart of Footscray, Whitten Oval. It’s where the Footscray Bulldogs paraded after they saved the club in 1989.”

“I grew up in Footscray and have made a home here with my spouse. The Pride March is about celebrating the home that many LGBTIQA+ people have built in the western suburbs

Contact: Amy Fabry-Jenkins 0424 698 694

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