It’s the 10th anniversary of Leeds Pride this year. LGBT Labour and Leeds Labour Party – not to mention Leeds Labour Council – will be taking part in the celebrations.
Expect a spectacular event.
Leeds has hosted an annual Pride event since 2006, regularly attracting more than 30,000 people to the city centre.
Millennium Square will host the parade stage on Sunday, August 7.
There’ll be keynote speakers and entertainment on stage from 12 noon – before the huge Leeds Pride parade gets underway at 2pm.
Performers will include Soft Cell front man Marc Almond, and singer Craig Roe. Speakers include Tom Doyle, chief executive of Yorkshire Mesmac and Chair Leeds LGBT Pride.
Leeds City Council is 100% committed to this event. It will be taking part in the parade – complete with open topped double decker bus and accessible mini-bus.
The Labour Council is working hard to make Leeds an LGBT Friendly City and Leeds City Council an LGBT Inclusive Employer. People working across the council will be there – giving those attending Pride the chance to find out more about some of the council services that are available to the LGBT community.
The Council’s LGBT Staff Network will be hosting a special market from 11am until 1pm at Leeds City Museum, with stalls from different council departments offering free help, information and advice.
Departments hosting stalls at the event will include HR, Children’s Services, Adult Social Care and City Development. Information will be available on a hugely diverse range of issues – including fostering and adoption, marriage and civil partnerships and the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture.
There’ll also be the chance to get more information about the development of the city’s South Bank, which is close to the city’s gay quarter.
As Judith Blake, Leeds Labour Leader, puts it:
“Pride is all about celebrating both the things that make us different and the things that unite us, and reinforcing the message that Leeds is a place where we’re happy to say we have both diversity and community spirit in huge abundance.”
And as it’s a special year for Pride we’ll be making sure that we have a strong Labour presence. More details here.
So come and join the fun.
We’ll be out, loud and proud – will you?