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When former elite
Todd Buttery returned to his home town of
Co s Harbour for a holiday last year he was
struck by inspiration.
"I o en wondered what a beach festival for the
LGBT community would be like," says Buttery. " e
festival concept came to me as I was walking along
one of the beautiful beaches here in Co s Harbour.
As I thought more about it I realised there isn't an
event in Australia that incorporates sur ng, an ocean
swim or Iron Person for our community."
From such simple seeds, the idea for CoastOut
was born - a three night, two day, sun, surf and arts
extravaganza aimed at the queer community. With
its beach meets the bush terrain, Co s Harbour
makes for a gorgeous location for the inaugural
event. Buttery agrees: " e Co s Coast has a myriad
of things to o er. e mountains meet the sea here
and this part of Australia, as easily accessible as it is,
o en gets missed by our community." He quickly
emphasises, "But there are a lot of us here and we're
pleased to welcome the LGBT community to check
us (it) out!"
According to Buttery, visitors will have plenty
to keep them entertained. "On the Saturday we
are hosting the Beach Carnival and Sunday, the
Surf Comp. e aim of the festival is to promote
participation and inclusion. Any level of entrant is
" e other parts of the days are events like a free
bus tour around the Co s Coast, a Fair Day with live
entertainment all day and a few beach parties thrown
in for good measure!"
Buttery hopes that CoastOut will "appeal to those
who would like a short break away to put their toes
in the sand, watch some great sur ng, swimming
and beach activities at the same time as relaxing and
meeting new friends and catching up with old ones!"
A few religious wowsers were less than happy with
the planned festivities. Apparently a small minority
(less than 10) from a local Christian group have
raised a protest but support from the rest of the Co s
community was clamorous.
"It was almost expected," says Buttery. " at said,
the community as a whole rallied around us, the
support for the festival is over whelming. e Co s
Coast, while isolated in some respects, is growing and
developing strongly at the moment. It goes to show
though that homophobia and anti-gay activities still
exist and we need to come together to show that we
are a solid community and a fun one to boot."
Tickets for CoastOut are now available at coastout.com.au
Any three day passes purchased before October 1, 2010, go in the draw to win three nights accommodation at the
Novotel Paci c Bay Resort plus three days of driving around Coffs in an Audi convertible.
There are also packages from Sydney and Brisbane including travel, accommodation and a three day festival pass.
For more info call Sara on 0433 420 255
The LGBT community takes it to the beach for CoastOut. By Cec Busby.
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