Leeds Pride Community Grant Events for 2018

Before and on the day of Leeds Pride 2018 there are a number of LGBT+ community events taking place across the city organised by and for the LGBT+ community in Leeds. 

The events listed below have been supported through the Leeds Pride 2018 Community Grant. 


LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival

The LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival is a sports and physical activity festival. Launched in Leeds in 2017, the Festival aims to provide inclusive activities, which improve health and wellbeing for the LGBT+ communities across the UK and their allies.

We want to promote inclusive sporting and physical activities, which reduce barriers to the LGBT+ community (sportphobia).

This festival is organised and run by LGBT+ individuals, groups, organisations and their allies for benefit of the wider community. We are a non-profit organisation which sole purpose is to introduce healthy activites and improve the lives, educate and respond to the needs of the LGBT+ community. With adult events, kids events and family events we ensure that everyone is welcome.

This year the festival will lead up to Leeds Pride 2018 and contribute to celebrating all Pride related events. The Leeds LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival has over 46 FREE events and covers many communities of Leeds. 

For a full breakdown of all our fully inclusive events visit our website   https://www.lgbtsportfestival.co.uk/   and reserve your place 




Saturday 31st July

Wear Your Pride

Celebrating Pride, come along to our workshop and print a Pride t-shirt from a range of silkscreens and designs -  design your own composition on a t-shirt and colour it with the Pride colours of your choice. We will have ‘Pride’ in 3 fonts to choose from and a range of images and shapes to screen print.  

Never done it before? No worries, we can show you how! There will also be an opportunity to make Pride Cards, rainbow paracord bracelets, and giant paper flowers to give to your partners, allies, family or friends to help celebrate! 

Book now to ensure a place!

When: Saturday 28th July 2018 10am-2pm

Where:  Groundwork, Merlyn-Rees Avenue, Morley, Leeds LS27 9SL

For adults who want to create their own t-shirt and accessories  for Leeds Pride.

Contact: Lifelong Learning on 0113 238 0601 (option 5) to book a place (don’t forget to let us know your t-shirt size)

Cost: £8 includes one t-Shirt and one other item (bracelet, card or flower) (£2 per extra item)

Please note there are stairs up to our workshop space

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Tuesday 31st July 2018

We Start By Believing: Self Care Workshop

Support After Rape and Sexual Violence Leeds is the Leeds Rape Crisis Centre and provides specialist, independent and free support to any self-defining women or girl who has experienced rape, child sexual abuse or any form of sexual violence. 

As part of Pride’s celebration of our gender identities and sexual orientation we are facilitating a safe space for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans and non binary women who may have experienced rape or sexual violence to focus on their self care whilst contributing to the development of our services.

There will be a holistic therapist at the venue, providing complimentary sessions and all attendees will receive a ‘self care gift bag’ with loads of treats that they can use to practice self-care in their own time. As well as giving those who attend the chance to focus on some self care, SARSVL staff and volunteers will be present to ask for their thoughts on how we can make SARSVL a welcoming and inclusive space form members of the LGB&T* community to access sexual violence support as and when they require it. 

Event Details:

Please book your Free place in advance at this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/we-start-by-believing-self-care-workshop-for-leeds-pride-tickets-48162494317'

Tuesday 31st July 2018 6pm - 8pm. 

SARSVL, 3rd Floor 7 Eastgate Leeds LS2 7LY

For more information contact: Catriona Palin catriona@sarsvl.org.uk 01132439102


Wednesday 1st August 2018

Leeds LGBT+ Volunteers Networking

 As volunteers we work throughout the year for the benefit of others within the community. Focusing on our individual groups & causes without taking time to reflect on our successes and the benefits we bring to others.

Due to this focus we also have little opportunity to socialise with volunteers within other organisations than our own. This can be especially difficult to do around Pride season as we don't take time out for ourselves, but rather we channel our energies into our plans for the groups.

This event has been planned to bring together those who work in a voluntary capacity running/supporting Leeds LGBT+ Community groups, to take some time out for yourself to focus on self-care. It also provides an opportunity to network with other groups to start building cross group engagement for future events and peer support.

Refreshments and a light buffet will be provided on the evening, and please feel free to bring your own alcohol. 

Event details:

Wednesday 1st August 2018

Location: Priestley Hall, Mill Hill Chapel, City Square.

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Advance reservations only: leedsfreedomangels@gmail.com

Contact: Rob Wilson



Thursday 2nd August

Yorkshire Dance Presents -Rainbow Ceilidh

Yorkshire Dance and Friends of Dorothy invite you to the most colourful ceilidh of the century. With live music and queer performance interventions, this is an evening to fall in love with.

Called by delirious dance diva Jenny Wren and hosted by the fabulous Phil Sanger.

The Rainbow Ceilidh will take place in one of Yorkshire Dance’s beautiful, fully-accessible dance studios.

Admission is free and guests will be treated to a free welcome drink and nibbles. The bar will be open all evening.

Absolutely everyone is welcome, and we extend an especially warm invitation to the more senior members of the LGBTQI+ community. 

Event details: 

Thursday 2 August

6:30pm – 9:30pm

Yorkshire Dance, 3 St Peter’s Buildings, St Peter’s Square, Leeds, LS9 8AH

Book online at yorkshiredance.com https://yorkshiredance.com/whats-on/event/rainbow-ceilidh/ ] or phone the box office on 0113 243 8765


Saturday 4th August

Leeds Pride 2018 -JPride

JPride, Leeds & West Yorkshire LGBT+ Jewish Group is delighted to be taking part in the 2018 Leeds Pride.

We are holding a “Pride Shabbat” service at the Sinai Synagogue in Leeds on Saturday 4th August.

The Shabbat Service will welcome local Jewish organisations including the new President of Jewish Representative Council, Lisa Baker as guest speaker.A member of JPride will lead the service for us.

Following the service, we will be providing a “Kiddush Brunch” with food & beverages for all attending the service.

For more information email: jprideleeds@gmail.com

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Saturday 4th August

Crafty Afternoon & Film and Food Night

Following the popularity of last year, TransLeeds and Non-Binary Leeds are collaborating to bring the community a day of crafts, followed by a film and food night.

From 1pm until 5pm, there will be a crafty afternoon with supplies provided for making badges, placcards and t-shirt painting in preparation for the Leeds Pride parade. 

Afterwards, we will have a mountain of vegan food to fill up on while we chill out as a community to watch the movie Pride. 

These events are completely free.  They are dry events and so no alcohol is allowed on the premises. The venue has an accessible entrance and there are both gendered and gender neutral facilities.

Event details: Saturday 4th August
1pm - 10pm
Bridge Street Community Centre (former Bridge Street Church), Bridge Street, Leeds LS2 7QZ
For more information, please email us at contact@transleeds.lgbt



Sunday 5th August

Leeds Pre Pride Bi+Brunch

Leeds Bi Group are hosting a free Pre Pride Bi+ Brunch for people who are attracted to more than one gender and close allies. The morning will include a buffet style brunch of pastries, toast with preserves, fruit and yogurts. As well as a chance to catch up or make new friends, we'll also be getting ready for the Leeds Pride march with placard making, glitter face painting and getting in the mood for the march by celebrating bi+ pride. We will also have a display on bi+ people’s contributions to Pride and the LGBT+ movement and bi+ events throughout history.

Tickets are free but essential so please register here: bibrunch18.eventbrite.co.uk

After the brunch, we'll be walking down to Millenium Square together to wait for the march. However, if you only want to attend the brunch and not march with us that is absolutely fine as well.

Anyone aged 17 years or under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Email Address: leedsbigroup@gmail.com

Facebook event: www.facebook.com/events/419407741798136/


Sunday 5th August 2018

FREE Carnival Style Masks and Pride Flags (limited numbers) 

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The Be Outspoken Walking Parade will endeavour to mobilise and motivate our Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) LGBTQ Leeds community to march in the parade with Allies as One and Celebrate Pride. Attendees can dress up in colourful clothing if they wish and will be provided with free Carnival style masks and Pride flags from Be Outspoken supported by the Leeds Pride Community Grant. We wish to make a dedicated effort to ensure the BAME LGBTQ Leeds Community feels like an essential part of the wider Leeds Pride experience and the city. 

Event Details: 

Millennium Square, Leeds

Meeting outside Civic Hall at 1:30pm

Line up to get ready outside the O2 Academy ready to leave for 2pm


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Sunday 5th August  

The Mesh: An intergenerational safe space for older and disabled LGBT people and those who support them at Leeds Pride.

A safe, accessible and inclusive space to socialise, meet new people, and share free tea and coffee. Find out about activities, events, and groups for older LGBT people in Leeds. Young LGBT people can come and find out about volunteering to support older LGBT people in the city, or just for a cross-generation chat. Black and Minority Ethnic Elders and those of faith are especially welcome to attend.

Event details: 

Sunday 5th August, noon onwards,

Cast Iron Bar, Marriott Hotel, Leeds

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Sunday 5th August

Chill Hill @ Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel

Event: Chill Hill – Space2Reflect (inside the chapel)

10:45 Inclusive Sunday Service led by Rev Jo James followed by bring and share lunch.

15:00 Space2Reflect – Our beautiful, historic chapel will be open for people of all and none faiths to reflect, meditate or contemplate in an inclusive, peaceful environment. If you’d like to escape the noise and party for some time, come and share peace with us.

17:00 Together In Diversity – congregation led service open to people of all and none faiths celebrating diversity and emphasising the oneness of the humankind.


Event: Chill Hill – Resourceful and Proud

(in Priestley Hall at the back of the chapel)

15:00 – 17:15 We are raising awareness of the problem of poverty among LGBT+ people. The percentage of people identifying as LGBT+ living in poverty or at risk of poverty is disproportionate to the rest of the society. We want to bust the myth of “pink pound” & offer a signposting service to those at risk of poverty and homelessness. Learn how to be resourceful and how to gain access to affordable food products that help reduce food waste. Find out what The Real Junk Food Project's “Pay-As-You-Feel” stores are and where to find one. Challenge the stereotypes and prejudices often associated with using such stores and try gorgeous food made by our volunteers using only The Real Junk Food Project produce.

Location of both events:

Mill Hill Unitarian Chapel, City Square, Leeds.

Mill Hill Chapel is a progressive, inclusive community offering a fresh approach to the sacred. Unitarians recognise that the spiritual life cannot be precisely defined but should aim to be inclusive and compassionate. Throughout our history Unitarians have stood for social justice, including gender equality & LGBT+ rights. Mill Hill Chapel became the first place of religious worship registered to perform same-sex marriages in Leeds.




Sunday 5th August

Queer Karaoke & Disco

On Sunday 5th August TransLeeds and Non-Binary Leeds are hosting a free Lip Sync ‘n’ Karaoke Battle & Queer Disco at Live Art Bistro. This is a safer and more accessible space for trans & non-binary people as well as their allies.

The music played for the disco will represent the our community and reflect the diversity that we have within the trans and non-binary community.

Event information:

Sunday 5th August 2018
4pm - Late
Live Art Bistro, 1 - 2 Regent Street, Leeds, LS2 7QA

Accessibility Information
Live Art Bistro has toilets for all genders and will have an accessible toilet. 
The venue can also be accessed by ramp. 
There will also be a trans & non-binary only space set up.
This event is free to keep it accessible to those on low incomes

If you require any more information please contact NonBinaryLeeds@gmail.com