Don’t Stop The Party; It’s Political Pride Time!

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There will be no time to pack away your flags and face paints at the end of the Manchester Pride parade because taking place immediately after is Political Pride.

The Political Pride Parade, taking place on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August, will include world discussions and performances as well as a series of family-friendly activities.

All events are completely free and inclusive, and are scheduled to take place in several locations on and around the Oxford Road Corridor in Manchester.

Amelia Lee, Strategic Director of LGBT Youth North-West, first came up with the idea of hosting an alternative Pride celebration after realising that the current provisions were not inclusive of all LGBT groups:“For young people the main Pride festival can feel quite exclusionary. It is big and impersonal, very alcohol orientated, and relies on you having money. Political Pride allows us to put something on that young people can feel included in.”

With this type of motivation behind them, a number of individuals and organisations, including the Joyce Layland LGBT Centre, LGBT Youth North West, Manchester Metropolitan University and People’s History Museum have all decided to come together to take Pride back to its roots.

Sarah Todd, Equality and Diversity Coordinator at Manchester Metropolitan University, said that: “The event was an excellent opportunity to recognise the tremendous progress made towards LGBT equality and to take stock of the work left to do. We are delighted to be involved in the first ever Political Pride and hope to continue this partnership for many years to come.”

The weekend’s plans aim to provide a platform for participants to explore the politics of Pride, and to identify and explore some of the most important issues for the LGBT+ community today.

Activities across the weekend include banner and badge-making, a children’s story-time, and a slogan-based Bake-Off; while discussions and talks will be hosted on topics including bi-activism, marriage equality, the history and future of Pride, and the relationship between faith and sexuality.

 

Political Pride takes place at:

The LGBT Centre, 49-51 Sidney St, M1 7HB, All Saints Park (Oxford Road, opposite Sidney St)

And MMU Business School (By All Saints Park) on 29 and 30 August 2015.

Fringe events will take place on 27 and 28 August.

Find out more here.

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