WITH a debate on same-sex marriage heading back to Tasmanian Parliament, TasPride's Rebecca Dorgelo isn't going to let a disappointing result get in the way of the chance to celebrate.
"People are always going to be talking about marriage equality, but this week is about fun, it's about joy and pride and inclusiveness ... it's a celebration," Ms Dorgelo said.
Launching the annual celebration of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities - the TasPride Festival - dressed as Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, it's clear Ms Dorgelo won't be alone.
Included in more than 40 events across the state, between November 1 and 9, are a queer quiz, plays, barbecues, parties and the traditional pride parade.
"We try to encourage everybody to get involved - but we don't even need to these days, people come out of the woodwork to get involved," Ms Dorgelo said.
"They say my sister, brother, neighbour, friend is gay and we love them so, it's fantastic."
Launceston will also open a new club - the Lazy Butterfly in Yorktown Square - for the Friday and Saturday nights of the festival.
Several Legislative Councillors aren't likely to be on the VIP list and Opposition Leader Will Hodgman has defended his stance on the issue, saying "Tasmanians want to see us getting on with the job of creating economic activity, of creating jobs".
"There will be people who will always be dissatisfied with the positions that political parties and elected members take, that's part of our democratic process," Mr Hodgman said.
Both Liberal MLCs, Vanessa Goodwin and Leonie Hiscutt will vote against the bill, which is set to fail when reintroduced by Murchison MLC Ruth Forrest next week.