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Video: Australia’s LGBTQIA+ Skydivers’ Big “Pride Boogie” Jump

The Big Gay Way (Richard Phillips)

Last weekend, over 80 skydivers came together for Pride Boogie, Australia’s first LGBTQIA+ skydiving festival.

Kicking off the festival was a spectacular unfurling of the Australian, Aboriginal and Pride flags in the spirit of inclusiveness and recognition of the traditional owners of the land where the event was held.

Over the weekend there was over 1,000 individual jumps including the Big Gay Way – a group of jumpers who flew streamers to represent Pride.

Pride Boogie was the idea of Marcus Bourget, a former chairman of the Sydney Gay And Lesbian Mardi Gras who said skydiving was an equaliser.

“Jumping out of planes at 15,000 feet makes equals of us all as can be seen by how many straight people came together to celebrate the weekend with their queer brothers and sisters. 

“Australian skydiving is a sport for everyone, so get involved and see what it is all about,” Bourget said.

Pride Boogie is set to become an annual event on the Moruya calendar, an annual celebration of good times, community and adrenalin.

Pride Boogie was supported by the Australian Parachute Federation and Sky Dive Oz. Contact Marcus Bourget on Facebook or Instagram if you have questions about getting into skydiving.

Watch the video by Atawhai Charteris for highlights of the event.

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