If you’re reading this, you probably know who we are. And if you don’t… hello, wonderful to meet you – your shoes are lovely!

OK, we’ll keep this brief.

Pride in Hull is a registered charity, run entirely by volunteers on a not for profit basis. We make Pride in Hull happen because we love it and we’ve seen first-hand the effects it has on individual people’s lives and on the community as a whole.

Members of the team have run Pride events in Hull (in some form or other) for almost 15 years. We came from humble beginnings (just a few of us in Queen’s Gardens with a really loud sound system) and took a few detours along the way (bringing Alexandra Burke to West Park in 2012 and Sinitta – in a fully customised Hull City strip – to Baker Street in 2016), before coming right back to where it started. And by 2017 we’d made a lot of friends to bring back to Queen’s Gardens with us.

The remit of our event is simple. We’re here to celebrate the LGBT+ community with our friends and allies. We’re here to celebrate diverse sexualities and genders. We’re here to uplift communities. We’re here to tell people that they do fit in here. And we do it with a great big massive party. We’ve got pretty good at it too.

2017 was a bumper year for Pride in Hull. Not only did we represent the city on a national stage when we were we named as the inaugural UK Pride, we were also the cornerstone of Hull UK City of Culture 2017’s LGBT50 programme.

Working in partnership with the legendary Duckie collective, 1,500 volunteers paraded 50 icons through a thronging city centre to a delighted crowd of onlookers before bringing a rainbow-swathed party to Queen’s Gardens.

Over 44,000 people joined us across the day and enjoyed our rich programme of culture, which saw local legend Bobby Mandrell share a stage with synthpop icon Marc Almond, denim-clad hitmakers B*Witched and drag megastar and Celebrity Big Brother 2018 winner Courtney Act (to name only four). In 2017, more than 88% of our audience rated our event as 8/10 or above (with 42% giving us a solid gold 10). Arts Council England officially found that LGBT50 was one of the most ‘important’ events of 2017.

In our audience survey, attendees reflected on the incredible atmosphere of openness and acceptance. More than one person got in touch to tell us that Pride in Hull was ‘the best day of their life’. Our audience talks about feeling safe. They talk about feeling accepted for the first time. The positive glow of Pride in Hull is felt long after the stage comes down and the drag queens de-stiletto.

We’ve been devising ways to make Pride 2018 amazing since we woke up with slightly fuzzy heads on Sunday 23 July 2017 – and, let’s be honest, well before that. We’re bringing Eurovision icon SuRie, pop genius Bright Light Bright Light and Drag Race royalty Adore Delano – plus a whole load more – to Queens Gardens on 21 July. Head this way to find out more.

 

Our board

Chairman: Matt Walton

Vice chairs: Nathan Greenfield, Andy Train

Trustees: Claire Birkenshaw, Laura Martin, Heath Marsh-Mcleaod, Craig Moody, Sam Pirt, Jamie Walmsley, Jean Watson

Treasurer: Heidi-Victoria Ireland

Want to get in touch with us? Interested in getting involved? Head over to the contact page.



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