Leonie Clark created An Afternoon Out, which is a reoccurring event for young gay people to come together in a safe, supportive environment. It’s an opportunity to make new friends outside of the clubbing scene and connect with like minded people who may be going through similar things. I created the event because I felt like it’s sometimes difficult to make new gay friends outside of clubs and pubs.
I love that it’s bringing people together, and inspiring them to hold their own ‘Afternoon Out’ events in their local areas. And I especially love that it’s supporting young gay people and showing them that they are part of a loving community.
What are you currently working on project-wise?
Currently we have events happening in Brisbane and on the Gold Coast, but are looking to spread the love to other cities across Australia. I’ve also opened it up so anyone can host their own event under the “Afternoon Out” banner.
I’m also in the process of putting together a Brisbane focused online magazine, which will showcase the best that this city has to offer for all Brisbanites and it’s visitors.
What would you say led you to where you are today? Eg background, achievements, inspiration?
My background is a cruisey life of observing things in the world I don’t agree with (like homophobia, violence, bullying, inequity) and sitting back thinking someone else will do something about it. I’ve come to realise that if I want change in the world, I need to make it happen, or at least do something to help make it happen.
I have a tattoo on my arm that says “unless” and it’s from the Dr Seuss book “The Lorax”. The quote goes “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” It’s a reminder that if I want things to be better in this world, that I need to take action.
What do you get up to in your down time? Do you have any hobbies?
I like long walks along the river …(I’m not even kidding!)
Also photography, spirituality, and technology.
I just started my own business called “Broad Bean Media” which takes up a lot of my time these days. I help local businesses get online by building them websites and hooking them up with social media. It’s a lot of fun, but also a lot of hard work!
What’s it like being a young person in Brisbane? What suggestions would you make to improve the city?
I love Brisbane, there’s no where else I would rather live. It’s not so big that it consumes you, but it’s not so small that there isn’t always something interesting to do.
I would suggest voting out Campbell Newman …can I say that on here? I think that would be a vast improvement to move the city forwards! I have A LOT of ideas to improve the city, especially around working in harmony with the environment. We will get there, but sometimes it feels like a slow chug!
What advice or inspiration would you share with other young people?
2 words: create something. It doesn’t matter what it is, a book, a song, a website, a screen-print tee-shirt, a lego house, a meal, a garden, a smile in someone else, an event. It’s so easy to take from the world, and others, but giving something back to it is so rewarding, not only to you but to those who experience the thing you created.
I’ve also noticed that all the times I’m focused on doing or creating something for others, all the problems in my life seem to dissolve. Not quite sure how that one works, but the universe is mysterious!
Is there anything else you’d like to add? Where can people get in touch with you?
If you’re young and GLBTIQ (or GLBTIQ friendly!) join the Afternoon Out facebook group to stay up to date with our events: https://www.facebook.com/groups/anafternoonout/?fref=ts
Or email me at email@example.com
If you need a website to promote yourself or your business, check me out at: http://www.broadbeanmedia.com.au