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Pride at 50: Where can you celebrate this summer?

By QMHalls 19 Jun 2022

An important milestone for the LGBTQ+ community is to be celebrated next month as Friday 1st July marks a massive 50 years since the first Pride march in the UK!

This year's London event will celebrate the evolution of the LGBTQ+ community and the massive growth in participation, acceptance and equality since that first march in the capital way back in 1972. 

Despite the sacrifices of so many over the last few decades and the huge strides towards equal rights that the queer community has fought for, it's still important to wave the rainbow flag and don your most extravagant outfits because equality hasn't yet been reached.

So if you can, why not take part in one of the many events taking place across the country this summer? Even if you're just an ally, check out what's on below!

London

The biggest and most diverse Pride event of the year is the original Pride in London. The capital's streets will be taken over on Saturday 2nd July by colour, music, art and most of all lots of gay pride! The event is sure to entertain with stages at Trafalgar Square and Leicester Square hosting some of the country's best LGBTQ+ talent, including musicians, drag stars and even theatre productions.

Other Pride events in London this summer include:

  • Trans+ Pride - A response to the injustices faced by the trans community across the globe (9th July, Hyde Park)
  • UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean heritage LGBTQI+ people (14th August, Olympic Park)
  • River Stage: The Glory - Weekend takeover of the River Stage of the National Theatre, with performances, parties and workshops filling the three days (15th-17th July, National Theatre, Southbank)

Brighton & Hove

Brighton Pride is widely recognised as the UK's most popular international Pride festival, with some of the world's biggest stars performing at the city's Preston Park. Recent years has seen Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue and Dua Lipa take to the stage. This summer, Brighton Pride's We Are Fabuloso event has a variety of LGBT icons performing, such as Christina Aguilera, Paloma Faith and Bimini. The Pride celebrations will take place between 5th-7th August. 

Other events taking place in the city include:

  • Pride Parade - 30th anniversary of Brighton's Pride parade. This year's theme is 'Love, Protest & Unity'. (6th August, 11am, Hove Lawns).  
  • Pride at the Ironworks - cabaret, comedy and LGBTQ+ events (5th-7th August, Ironworks Studios)
  • The Pride Village Party - Entertainment zones, bars, live performances and plenty of celebrations. Get your tickets here. (Kemptown, 5th-7th August)

Please note: Brighton's events are not free and many require a ticket to enter.

Manchester

As one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities, Manchester Pride Festival has been campaigning for LGBTQ+ equal rights and opportunities for multiple decades. This year's festival will run on 26th-29th August and although some of the events are free, some do require you to have a ticket. The parade is one of the free events and will see thousands of people line the streets of Manchester with flags, colourful outfits and plenty of voice. 

Other events in Manchester:

  • Gay Village Party - The cobbled streets of the renowned Canal Street in the Gay Village are filled with parties for four days. Secure your tickets here! (Gay Village, 26th-29th August)
  • Essential (Official Saturday night party) - Ibiza-style dance party with lots of DJs, dancers and performers and around 2,000 clubbers. Tickets! (Albert Hall, 27th August, 10pm-4am)
  • Candlelit vigil - Each year this vigil closes the festival, giving everyone the chance for a moment of reflection to remember those who lost their lives to HIV/AIDS, and to spare a thought to the people who don't have the same opportunities to express themselves across the world. (Sackville Gardens, 29th August)

Bristol

Bristol is famous for being an artsy city, so it makes for the perfect place to visit for a celebration of colour and inclusivity. The south western city's festival is comprised of two whole weeks full of events and activities, starting on 25th June and ending on 11th July, with the Pride Day penned in for 9th July. Bristol's Pride Day is one of the UK's biggest free Pride events and this year will see Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen headline the event. You can donate £7 to the cause and in return receive a wristband which will get you free bus travel and exclusive discounts during the day! 

Other events over the two weeks of celebrations include: 

  • Queer Vision Film Festival - Delivers a collection of UK & international LGBT+ films including independent feature, and award-winning shorts. Buy tickets for individual screenings. (24th June-10th July, Watershed)
  • The Official Bristol Pride Afterparty - Dance the night away at the Bristol O2 Academy with three rooms of incredible music from a range of local DJs. Just purchase the day + night wristband to gain entry to the afterparty (9th July, 10pm-4am, Bristol O2 Academy)

There are tons more events over the two weeks. Take your pick from what's on offer!

Edinburgh

Pride Edinburgh is Scotland's longest running celebration of diversity, and this year the event celebrates its 25th anniversary. Pride Edinburgh is to start at the Scottish Parliament Buildings on 25th June at 12:30pm, with the march to commence at 1pm. After that the stage events will start at 2pm with Ru Paul's Drag Race star Lawrence Chaney headlining. There will also be a mini-festival village which will include a community fair, trans chill space, picnic area and youth zone.

Other events in the city include:

  • Pride for All - An accessible Pride party for all LGBTQ+ people, filled with events such as live performances, quiet craft areas and a disco. Free event, just register here. (19th June, 1:30pm-9pm, Assembly Roxy)
  • Kweer Kraft Market - Featuring the best from local queer artists and crafters including prints, jewellery, clothing, stickers and much more. (23rd June, 4pm-7pm, Kafe Kweer)

Wherever you choose to celebrate Pride, have a great time and remember to stay colourful! 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️ ✊

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