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BID TO HOST UK PRIDE 2018

THE HEAT IS ON.....

Shayne Jackson, Youth Pride Committee Chair at Isle of Wight Pride

"A year in which the MP called gay people ‘dangerous to society’, prominent homophobic columns appeared in the local press and a Councillor suggested banning homosexuals from public toilets, 2017 saw the inaugural Isle of Wight Pride, uniquely taking place on a beach with thousands turning out in support. UK Pride status will enable the Island to build on this success and create a major celebration of diversity and inclusivity, showing the rest of the UK what an amazing place it is."

As the LGBTI Pride season draws to a close in the UK, six Pride organisations have thrown their hat into the ring to host UK Pride in 2018.

The first UK Pride took place at Pride in Hull in July. The event saw a huge increase in attendee numbers, and visitors from across the UK. Licensed by the UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON), UK Pride is the national equivalent of EuroPride and WorldPride.

Exeter Pride, Folkestone Pride, Isle of Wight Pride, Liverpool Pride, Preston Pride, and Pride Cymru have all announced that they will bid for UK Pride 2018 at UKPON's annual conference in Blackpool later this month.

 

Co-Chair of UKPON, Andy Train, who is also Vice-Chair of Pride in Hull, said:

 

"At Pride in Hull we were delighted to have the honour of hosting the first UK Pride earlier this year, and it's a tribute to the impact it had on our Pride to see six Prides bidding for next year's event. The Pride movement is growing across the UK and we had more than 20 brand new Prides this year. UK Pride helps to create a focal point for one Pride each year, to help increase visibility and awareness."

"UK Pride status is a unique opportunity and uplift for any Pride. I wish all six Prides all the very best of luck, and I can't wait to see their bids," said Mr Train, who is also the Regional Director for the UK for InterPride, the international Pride organisers association.

 

All organisers of Pride events in the UK are entitled to be members of UKPON, and each Pride organisation has one vote at the Conference.

 

The winning Pride will be announced on Sunday 22nd October, and will be live-streamed on Facebook.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISING

EVENTS

Fri 6th October

Theme - Movie Night!

Featuring songs from your favourite films!

 

Fri 20th October

Theme - Halloween!

Fancy dress is encouraged!

Ghoulish Songs to leave you spooked!

 

Fri 3rd November

Theme - Fireworks Night!

An explosive night of high energy songs! (Fireworks not included!)

 

SUMMER PRIDE BOAT PARTY 2018

IN COLLABORATION WITH

SOUTHAMPTON PRIDE

Sunday 6th May 2018 4pm-8pm seeing Southampton Pride and Isle Of Wight Pride bring you the first party of the summer. A boat party fundraising event not to be missed 2 floors with 4 Djs & 4 drag queens, the best the south coast has to offer.

Pre drinks at The London Hotel, SO14 from 2pm, Setting sail from Town Quay, Southampton at 4pm to travel the Solent. After party at The Stage Door.

Limited tickets available so make sure you buy them quick.

£15 per ticket this includes free entry to the pre and after parties - more details to follow.

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