Brisbane coffee baron Di Bella backs pride festival

Coffee entrepreneur Phillip Di Bella to sponsor Brisbane Pride Festival
Coffee entrepreneur Phillip Di Bella to sponsor Brisbane Pride Festival

BRISBANE'S LGBTI community has an unlikely new champion.

Coffee entrepreneur Phillip Di Bella has announced a lucrative new sponsorship deal with the Brisbane Pride Festival, the city's annual celebration of all things lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-sexual and intersexual.

The coffee king made no secret of the fact the move was a bid to repair damage caused by a series of highly-publicised, expletive-laden social media postings aimed at State-of-Origin commentators, many of which were deemed anti-gay.

The founder of the multi-million dollar Di Bella Coffee empire has personally donated $5000 to the September festival, almost equalling the $7000 contributed by Brisbane City Council.

Mr Di Bella, a key advisor to Premier Campbell Newman and Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, said he made the donation as a gesture of inclusiveness and would continue to donate to the annual festival.

Read more at Brisbane Times

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