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Liverpool Pride: Why we couldn't be prouder to be a part of this City

by Stacey Dutton. Published Tue 02 Aug 2016 12:51, last updated: 02/08/16

Liverpool Pride held another fantastic weekend event to celebrate the huge gay community that Liverpool loves so dearly.

Liverpool Pride was started out in 2010 in response to the LGBT+ communities' outcry after the murder of young gay man Michael Causer.

Since then the annual festival has massively grown to raise awareness for the gay community for a fully active, diverse and inclusive Pride.

This year's festivities included the charity making it a priority to make Liverpool the most visibly LGBT+ friendly city in the UK, and introduced the first campaign, Come Out Of The Shadows (supported by the Police Commissioner's Fund as a hate Crime Initiative) to advertise the acceptance from all people/businesses in the city.

This campaign has been a way in which the city can express its Pride by encouraging the use of the famous Pride rainbow colours on the cities buildings, and even on the make up of its festival goers, making people aware of it being a safe place for residents and visitors alike.

This volunteer led charity certainly didn't disappoint with its extensive range of activities and fun for the whole family, the whole city was buzzing with a hugely diverse number of people all out to celebrate the cities efforts.

In the process of combatting homophobia the dress code for the event goers was to attend as a "Liverpool Icon" or use the Pride colours as part of the outlandish ways of Liverpool showing the world that it isn't afraid to fight hate crime.

In the build up to Pride this year there were many events which could be attended with networking opportunities, poetry readings and a photo exhibition of people's personal experience with Pride in pictures at Look in Liverpool One, which all contributed to the hype surrounding the Pride weekend antics.

We attended the final day of the event on Sunday where we caught the fantastic belly dancing demonstration and class at the Garden Gazebo and got to hear the beautiful voices coming from the "The Choir With No Name" performing on the Plateau Stage.

Walking through the St Georges Hall grounds and catching the end of their rendition of "My Girl" was a wonderful moment for me personally. This song being a favourite of mine growing up as it was a song my father would sing to me when I was younger, it was a beautiful moment while I was walking through with my son at the busy event.

From the growing crowds of excitable youngsters clad in rainbow outfits and glittering makeup, to the groups of families all taking in all the event had to offer for a family day out, it was a great experience and I cannot wait to go again next year and make it for the full weekend.

You certainly done yourselves proud for another year running Pride and we look forward to next year's festivities!



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