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Victoria celebrates the opening of Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ centre

A new hub for Melbourne’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender diverse, intersex and queer community will drive equality, the Victorian government says.

Australia’s first purpose-built LGBTIQ+ centre will allow community members to connect and celebrate who they are, learn about their history and appreciate art and performances.

“Everyone deserves to be supported and celebrated, and the Victorian Pride Centre is part of our ongoing efforts to ensure this is the case,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Sunday.

“Equality is not negotiable.”

A range of trusted LGBTIQ+ organisations will also be based at the centre, including health services, media outlets, Transgender Victoria, and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

The hub will also house the Australian Queer Archives, giving the public unprecedented access to its collection.

Meanwhile, Mr Andrews has announced Melbourne Pride 2021 will be held on December 5 to mark the 40-year anniversary of the decriminalisation of sex between men in Victoria.

Events will be held across regional Victoria, culminating in a one-day street party in Melbourne’s inner north.

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