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Hamilton’s brand-new pride mural is all about celebrating and increasing LGBTQIA+ visibility in the Southern Grampians Shire!

What’s it all about?

YUMCHA Hamilton is a youth-led social group of awesome young people facilitated through a key partnership between Southern Grampians Shire Council and Brophy.

The aim of the program is to offer a safe, welcoming and relaxing space for young people who are diverse in sexual orientation and gender identity and seeks to connect young people aged 12-25 who identify as LGBTQIA+, and their allies.

The YUMCHA crew have a strong willingness to promote inclusion, address social isolation and improve the mental health and wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ youth in the local community.

YUMCHA Hamilton worked hard to come up with ways to spread messages of positivity in the Southern Grampians, and a pride mural was decided on to help celebrate and increase LGBTQIA+ visibility, while creating awareness of diversity, inclusion and promote community education.

These connected young people share a love of art, and together created a digital design for a pride mural.

Crew member Levi worked hard to incorporate all group ideas into the final digital design, while Hamilton artist Jesse Shannahan provided fantastic expertise, support and guidance, and it great to see the digital design come to life.

It definitely brightens up the space and is awesome seeing such positive LGBTQIA+ representation.

“The Pride Mural represents LGBTQIA+ within the community of Hamilton, the space theme represents how LGBTQIA+ youth can feel alienated and cut off from the rest of society, with each planet representing colours of the various genders and sexualities within the LGBTQIA+ community,” Levi said.

“The rings representing stability, reliability, and strength as their bronze colouring symbolises, expressing that LGBTQIA+ are stronger together.”