Leeds Pride 2017 Impact Survey

Results from the Leeds Pride 2017 Impact Survey have now been released and again the figures show an increase to our economy. The event which took place this year over two days on the 5th & 6th August brought alone 40,000 people to Lower Briggate, with many more lining the streets and 1000’s in Millennium Square.

The impact survey was launched through our social media channels after the event and 640 people responded. An average spend of the participants attending Leeds Pride on the 6th August was £118.49. The economic impact of Leeds Pride 2017 onto the City Centre is worked out at a conservative figure of £3,791,680.

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Introducing the Leeds Pride Presenters


Kira is a singer, DJ and host from Leeds. 

She has performed at and hosted prides throughout the UK for the last 10 years including Leeds consecutively for the last 9 years!She currently works on LGBT scenes in no less than 5 cities DJ’ing, singing and hosting karaoke nights.

Miss Sordid Secret

The International Multi Award Winning Miss Sordid Secret, star of the UK and Spain. She has a wardrobe to match the BBC and a mouth just as big to match! A firm favourite of the pride run! What she can't turn her finger to isn't worth knowing! Currently based in the heart of leeds Miss her and Miss out! Cause that's how Sordid C's it!

Mamma Bear

‘Mamma Bear’ is an international multi award winning Drag performer/DJ and a founding member of the ‘Lady Bears of Leeds’ Drag cabaret duet.

Mamma Bear can be found filling dance floors as your cuddly phat DJ/Host in her home town of Leeds, Lincoln, Chester, Hull, Bradford and many other scenes across the country. Mamma’s also DJ’d and performed at Maspolomas Pride over the past few years and hosted many Pride events in the UK including last years ‘Leeds Pride’ Trinity MainStage and looks forward to being part of the great 2017 event.

Owain Wyn Evans

Unapologetically flamboyant Owain is a familiar face to audiences across Yorkshire as one of the main weather presenters for BBC Look North. He recently appeared in the top 10 most popularweather presenters of all time in the BBC's Radio Times magazine, and has hosted many Pride events across the UK. Known for his extravagant style and comical Tweets, Owain recently became a viral internet hit after delivering a RuPaul's Drag Race themed weather forecast which appeared on news sites, magazines and TV shows across the world. The clip has been viewed over a million times on Facebook, Twitter and Youtube and was even tweeted by RuPaul herself, who declared 'Owain, you are the winner of this week's challenge.'

Daisy DuPont

Daisy DuPont has been a figure on the Leeds Scene for at least the last 15 years! 

She has been involved with Leeds Pride since the very first one, and has hosted both Parade and Main Stages.

You can normally catch her on a Saturday at Blayds Bar with her unique mix of music, wit and vodka! !

She is thrilled to once again be hosting on the Main Stage, and would like to wish each and every one of you a Happy and Safe Pride 2017.

Phil Oldershaw

Phil Oldershaw will co-host the Leeds Pride Main stage at this years event. Phil is no stranger to stage or screen and finds his own when presenting to live audiences. Now living in Leeds, Phil has worked with many big names in the industry including; Take That, Graham Norton and Gordon Ramsey to name but a few.

His accolades include having worked with BBC, Channel 5 and BSkyB. City and Corporate projects see him regularly hosting food events, concerts and awards dinners & presentations too. We welcome Phil with open arms as we know he shall once again bring his great warmth, energy and fun to our Leeds Pride Eleventh Year Celebrations.

Phil says “I am really excited to be getting involved again for this years event, its an amazing Pride that pulls Yorkshire, and further afield, together for celebration, integration and fun. This year is to be bigger than ever and I know we’re going to have an amazing weekend!”

Carl Spencer

Carl is on the Home Run show weekdays 3-7pm on Radio Aire, getting you home with plenty of music and the latest traffic and traffic. 

Carl is a local lad from Otley who went to Prince Henrys Grammer School. He admits he spent far too much time as a kid watching the planes take off at Leeds Bradford Airport. 


Caroline Verdon

Caroline Verdon presents the Radio Aire Breakfast Show, Monday to Friday from 6am till 10am. 

Caroline got involved in radio because a good looking guy at university was in the radio society so she joined... and then discovered he liked radio a lot more than him! She LOVES music and is always singing along to something. As well as radio, she also writes for the national newspapers and does voiceovers for everything from TV commercials to voicemail messages and is currently the voice of an Icelandic funeral home...


Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds are proud to reveal the new faces of Leeds Pride Family

After two weeks of searching for the new faces of #LeedsPrideFamily images, the winning photos have been chosen!   

Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds teamed up to run a photo competition to find the faces of Leeds Pride. The call out asked members of the Leeds LGBT+ community to submit photographs of themselves, family and friends demonstrating their own sense of pride.

After receiving lots of excellent entries, the team at Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds faced an extremely difficult task of choosing one overall winner and three runner up photographs. 

The winning photograph was taken by Mark Douglas at last year’s Leeds Pride event. When asked what Leeds Pride means to him, Mark said:  ‘For me Leeds Pride is about being a human and about valuing diversity, it's about not allowing others to make us feel shame because of who we are. It's about having a great day out.’

Giovana, one of the two girls in the photo, had come from Brazil to attend Leeds Pride: ‘Leeds Pride 2016 was my first experience at a Pride and it couldn't have been better. It is wonderful to have a space to celebrate love, mainly in a world where differences are seen as obstacles, not bridges.  I appreciate the opportunity of being part of such a great event. Many thanks to Leeds Pride who make me feel safe and respected, no matter what.’

The winning photo will be the lead image for activity promoting Leeds Pride, and Leeds as an inclusive city, and will feature on printed and online marketing material both in and out of the city for the next two years. The runner up images will be used online across Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds’ websites and social media channels. 

This year’s Leeds Pride is back with a weekend of events on 5th and 6th August. The famous Leeds Pride Parade returns Sunday afternoon, taking over the city centre with a rainbow procession complete with over 60 floats and 5 hours of entertainment. 

Alison Tebby, one of the runners up, had this to say : ‘We are so grateful that Pride exists & that we are able to show our daughters that there is so much diversity in this world. Being able to attend for the first time as a family last year made us so proud to show that there are families like us in Leeds & we are accepted, we can celebrate who we are & we don't have to hide anymore. We've come a long way since I was a child & hope the future is even better’

Janie Marie Swann, another runner up, commented: ‘I love Leeds pride as it's such a big and friendly weekend that everyone can enjoy’

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said: 

‘Leeds is a welcoming city that celebrates diversity across all our communities.  Leeds Pride is one of the city’s most popular events and one that continues to go from strength to strength each year.  This is a great opportunity to show the world that Leeds is an inclusive, friendly place to live, work and visit. ‘ 

Head of VisitLeeds, Jennifer Young commented:

‘We are very grateful to all those who submitted their photographs. The number and range of images we received really reflects the diverse LGBT+ community and the strong sense of pride here in Leeds. We look forward to using this new suite of imagery to promote the inclusive and welcoming nature of Leeds across the UK and internationally.’


Leeds Pride and Malmaison Leeds Partner Up!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that Malmaison Hotel Leeds will be one of the venue supporters for this year’s Leeds Pride!

Situated just off Lower Briggate, where the Leeds Pride celebrations come to a wonderful end, Malmaison is in a prime location if you’re wanting to be in the heart of the action. Considering it’s also a prestigious hotel with some of the most up to date rooms in the whole of Leeds, it really is a great place to stay if you’re wanting to celebrate Leeds Pride in luxury. With their newly refurbished rooms, Malmaison Hotel is the perfect location for your next night in the city. Malmaison is situated on 1 Swinegate, LS1 4AG.

You’ll also see them during the celebrations. They’ll be selling Frose (frozen Rose) & Fizz at Leeds Pride throughout the celebrations on Sunday 6th August from an outside bar. Inside, the bar is open for some R&R all day where they are offering Thank Mal It’s Pride with 50% off selected drinks, Sunday lunch from their chef’s table for just £19.95 between 12.30pm and 4pm and Mal Burgers for just £5 between 4pm and 8pm. They also have some bedrooms left available for the Sunday night. To book, ring 0113 426 0047.

Running since 2006, Leeds Pride is the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK’s friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGBT+ community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as first direct, Sainsbury’s and Manchester Airport.

The Leeds Pride E Programme is Now Available to Download!

The Leeds Pride E Programme is now available to download, featuring all of the confirmed acts, sponsors and more! 

Leeds Pride main event is taking place on Sunday 6th August and will include two hours of entertainment on the Sainsbury’s Stage in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and five hours of entertainment on the first direct bank main stage on Lower Briggate. In the Lower Briggate event space you will also find the Asda Children’s area, a dance zone, community market place, outside bars, a fun fair and much much more.   

Running since 2006, Leeds Pride is the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK’s friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGBT+ community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as first direct, Sainsbury’s and Manchester Airport. 


Huge New Announcements for Leeds Pride!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that Sonia, Marcus Collins and Angie Brown will all perform at Leeds Pride! 

Sonia is a British singer from Liverpool, known for her huge success in the 80s and 90s. Sonia Evans' debut single “You’ll Never Stop Me fromLoving You” was released in 1989 and shot to No: 1 in the UK selling a staggering 350,000 copies. Numerous TV appearances revealed her bubbly personality and natural enthusiasm endearing her to a large audience.  “Everybody Knows”, her debut album sold half a million copies and included a string of top singles such as “Can’t Forget You", "Listen to your Heart” and "Counting Every Minute”. 

Marcus Collins is an English singer who finished as the runner-up of the The X Factor in 2011. His debut album, the self-titled Marcus Collins which featured production by the London-based Metrophonic team of Whitney Houston and Cher fame, became his first top 10 UK album which has his single "Mercy". His debut single from the album was "Seven Nation Army", a cover of The White Stripes hit, which also became his first top 10 UK single.

Angie Brown is a true performer. The voice of Angie Brown can be heard all around the globe performing as a live PA singing all her classics from the 90’s through to the present day.  She has performed some of the most prestigious parties for some of the world’s most rich and famous including the King of Morocco’s Birthday party and Kate Driver’s wedding (sister of Minnie Driver).  As a live PA Angie has played clubs that vary from Space (Ibiza), Heaven (London & Gran Canaria) to venues in New York, Golden Gate, San Francisco, Dubai, India and Europe, she has been the headline guest for the UK’s biggest Mardi Gras parties both in Manchester and London for the past ten years.

Sonia, Marcus Collins and Angie Brown will be joining Heather Small, Blonde Electra and more previously announced acts in performing on Sunday 6th August. 



Osvaldo Supino to Perform at Leeds Pride 2017!

Osvaldo Supino is one of the most talked about Italian artists, and just one of the fews Italians more recognized outside his Country. In the last 3 years this multitalented popstar performed all around the world, conquered the attention of the most important media outlets and gained thousands and thousands of fans in the globe. From NBC to Vanity Fair, from Univision to GQ, Osvaldo Supino is making headlines for his international fresh sound worked with big names of the music business like Tempo Stokes (producer of Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado), Charlie Mason (Miley Cyrus, Conchita), and Ferras (Katy Perry, Adam Lambert). 

With 3 albums, 1 Ep and 8 singles collected in the top10 chart of iTunes, Osvaldo holds the record as first italian artist ever nominated 3 times at BT Digital Music Awards in UK - outranking Kylie Minogue with more than 42.000 votes from wordwide. A POP bombshell who is in his young but impressive career, has won several music awards in Italy and internationally: 1 Laiffa Los Angeles Awards, 2 Pivi Awards, 2 Nickeclip My Generation Awards, 1 WWW Sole24 Ore Award, 1 Unicef Award, and in the 2013 he became the first italian male artist included in the PopTronik Compilation with the best of pop electro music worldwide.

He's also one of the most involved Italian celebrities in human rights and LGBT initiatives. In 2012 has been the first italian artist in history to perform at World Pride in London, in 2014 has been choosed by Antibully Organization as testimonial for the campaign against bullying in USA and in the 2016 has beenthe first italian male to perform in Miami for Miami Beach Pride (on the same stage Jordin Sparks and Iggy Azalea) in front of more than 150.000 people.  The last album "Resolution" has been released in English and for the first time in Spanish and includes collaborations with Trey Vittoe (producer for Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato), Tempo Stokes (Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Lopez) and the Nashville symphony orchestra. "This album is my answer to the tragedy of Pulse in Orlando. We all need to find a resolution in this time" he says just two months ago to "Primer Impacto" on UNIVISION (the most important latin tv in the USA) where he's been the first Italian artist interviewed only after Laura Pausini.

Confident, courageous, sometimes sexually expressive but also emotional, vulnerable and introspective, truly Italian but with International views. That's what Osvaldo is musically, lyrically and personally today, a complex but authentic mix. "My music has been always the reflection of my experiences. I'm not afraid to be totally myself and take risks. It's the most beautiful thing of the music: being yourself, finding your own truth and share it with millions of people".

TPP Sponsor Leeds Pride!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that IT company TPP will be one of the sponsors for this year's Leeds Pride. 

TPP are a UK based IT company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software through  innovative products. 

Speaking on the new Leeds Pride announcement, a representative of TPP said "Since TPP started, nearly 20 years ago, we’ve always tried to strive for a workplace culture that’s a little different - a flat hierarchy and a completely open environment where everyone feels included and cared for. Over the years we’ve welcomed all kinds of employees from different backgrounds into our offices and our open-minded, creative, passionate staff are one of the best things about us. Sponsoring Leeds Pride is a great way for us to celebrate the diversity that exists in our local community, as well as in our own company. We’ve always been based in the Leeds area and we’re extremely honoured to be able to show our support for the community where we live, work and socialise." 

Want to know more about TPP? Head to http://www.tpp-uk.com/, follow them on Twitter at @TPP_SystmOne or like them on Facebook: TPPCareers

Could you be the face of Leeds Pride? Enter here!

Leeds Pride has teamed up with VisitLeeds to launch an exciting new photo competition. They are calling for members of the Leeds LGBT+ community to submit photographs of themselves, family and friends demonstrating their own sense of pride. 

The winning photo will feature on printed and online marketing material both in and out of the city, including the Leeds Pride event taking place on the 6th August 2017.  The subjects of the photo will become the ‘Leeds Pride Family’ who will act as ambassadors for Leeds as an inclusive city. Their faces will help to promote events and activities taking place in Leeds over the next two years to raise the profile of the city as a friendly and welcoming destination. The judges’ favourite photos will be available to see on the Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds websites and social media pages.

As of today, entries can be uploaded to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, using the hashtag #LeedsPrideFamily and tagging @VisitLeeds and @LeedsPride. Images can also be sent in via email to Alex@leedspride.com.  Photos should aim to fulfil at least one of the main themes, which are inclusivity, diversity and of course, pride. A group of people should feature in the photo, rather than individuals, and LGBT+ families and friends of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to take part. 

Judging will take place on 14th July 2017, where four images will be shortlisted with one overall winner. The panel of judges from Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds will be looking for happy faces, and photos that display personality and creativity. While they would love to see perfectly executed shots from artists and skilled photographers, they also welcome the selfies and spontaneous moments that people have captured on their phones. The competition is open to everyone, and it is hoped that the range of entries will be diverse in terms of subject, style and composition.   

The photo competition forms part of a larger campaign to promote Leeds Pride, and an inclusive Leeds. The colourful Leeds Pride weekend is the perfect demonstration that Leeds is a vibrant, trendy and hospitable city that has something for everyone.

Head of VisitLeeds, Jennifer Young commented: “Leeds continues to grow in popularity as a top class European city break destination. This is a welcoming city and the vibrancy and energy of the Freedom Quarter alongside the wealth of cultural activities to keep everyone entertained is unrivalled. The winners of this competition will help us promote Leeds as one of the most inclusive cities in the UK and Europe.”

Alex and Ali, Directors of Leeds Pride commented: 'We are really excited to team up with VisitLeeds for this competition to search for the image that captures a ‘Leeds Pride Family’ and the spirit of Leeds Pride.  Your Leeds Pride family could be anyone who you shared Leeds Pride with so get searching through your photos and send them in!’ 

Leeds Pride Announce This Year's Main Sponsor

Banking in black and white but living life in full colour!

first direct is proud to be the main sponsor of the 11thLeeds LGBT Pride celebration on 6 August, and we can’t wait join in this amazing celebration.

At heart we’re a people-powered, joy-loving group who’ve been doing things our own way since we started, and that will never change. We look to work with open-minded people, creative people, loud and proud people – people people. Leeds Pride is a great chance for us to celebrate the diversity that makes us – and the world – such a fantastic place.

Joe Gordon, Head of first direct, commented: “At first direct we believe doing your own thing is a good thing. Leeds is our home and it’s a great opportunity for us to show our support for the community where we live, and have some fun too! Supporting our own LGBT colleagues is hugely important to first direct. Our own Pride Network is well established and does a great deal to promote a truly inclusive environment, and it's why we’re very proud to partner Leeds Pride.”

Liaqat Ali, a Director of Leeds Pride, said “We’re proud to announce the main sponsor of this year’s Leeds Pride as first direct. We truly appreciate first direct’s fantastic support of the LGBT+ community and it’s great to celebrate this year’s event with them.” 

As part of the HSBC Group, the first direct Pride Network supports HSBC's involvement in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and also supports other employee networks globally. There’s over 63,000 HSBC employees in the world who live and work in countries where it’s still illegal to be LGB or T, and we take part in events across the world to celebrate LGBT culture and pride, and help to highlight the issues LGBT people still face.

Peyton to Perform at Leeds Pride!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that American soul singer Peyton will be performing at this year's event!

Like so many American soul singers, Peyton got his musical start in the church. Raised in the south of the US, Peyton was brought up in a family of Pentecostal preachers and was working as the minister of music for his father’s church by the time he was seventeen. After moving to the UK to study, Peyton went on to live in Colombia, South America and New York City, before finally settling in London.

In 2003 Peyton signed his first single to the Hed Kandi label, A Higher Place. Legendary House music producer Eric Kupper (Degrees of Motion) produced the first official mix which topped dance charts around the world and went on to become a House classic. Peyton soon began working on his debut album with Eric Kupper, as well as travelling around the globe performing to tens of thousands, turning the world into his touring playground one country at a time. It was also during this time that Peyton was invited to be one of the five presenters on the UK version of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which was a big hit in the UK on LIVING TV and was subsequently syndicated to networks all over the world.

In 2005 Peyton released his solo album with Hed Kandi, as well as a string of follow-up anthems (I’ll Rise, Celebrate, Ride Like The Wind) fuelling Peyton’s reputation as one of House music’s brightest new writers and vocalists. His distinctly recognisable voice, in an industry dominated by females vocals, finally resulted in Peyton being the only male nominated for Outstanding Vocalist of the Year at London’s House Music Awards. Peyton began hosting his own weekly radio show on London’s PASSION 91.8 FM, and has continued writing and recording quality dance music, working with the likes of Frankie Knuckles, ATFC, Freemasons, Eric Kupper, David Penn, DJ Chus, Danny Verde, Soul Avengerz, Samuele Sartini, Moto Blanco, Bassmonkeys, Noferini, Kaskade, Rebeka Brown, Kid Massive, DJ Pagano, Mark Picchiotti, Carlos Gallardo, Chris Cox, Fahmy & Samba, The BeatThiefs, Wayne G, The Futuristic Polar Bears, Paul Gardner, Taylor Square, Mark Wilkinson, Marc JB, Vertigo, and many more.

Peyton has performed in over 200 cities, in over sixty countries, across six continents making headline appearances at events like Sydney’s Mardi Gras Harbour Party and the official Mardi Gras Event, the Beijing Olympics after-party, White Sensation in Prague, as well as a summer residency at the world’s most famous super-club 'Space' on the island of Ibiza.

Peyton’s collaboration with the Freemasons ‘Love Is The Answer’ hit #1 in the UK Club Charts in 2009, at the same time his original track Streets Of Cairo with Egyptian duo Fahmy & Samba became a smash hit in Egypt, earning him a Virgin Music Award in the Middle East. Peyton continued to have chart success in the UK, US and Australia in 2011 with his massive hit A Little Louder - the title track to Kid Massive's artist album and one of the most-played tracks in Ibiza for 2011, with support from Tiesto, Roger Sanchez, Fatboy Slim, and many others.  In 2012 Peyton's collaboration with grammy-nonimated producer Chris Cox 'Changin' topped the US Billboard and UK Club charts, and his re-work of Duran Duran's The Reflex with DJ Pagano stayed in the top of the official German dance charts for over two months.  Around this time Peyton began collaborating with Spanish producer Carlos Gallardo, a relationship which has resulted in a string of releases including After The Summer, which became an instant radio hit on Spain’s Flash FM, as well as a cover of Sting’s Desert Rose released on Blanco y Negro with a stunning video shot in the Egyptian desert.  In 2013 Peyton & Gallardo’s original track Let It Go was chosen by US retailer Abercrombie & Fitch to be featured on a viral video campaign, directed by none other than the world’s leading fashion photographer Bruce Weber.  It was also in 2013 that Peyton’s life long dream to collaborate with the Godfather of House came true:  Beautiful, a collaboration between Peyton, Frankie Knuckles & Eric Kupper, was released on Hysteria Records and was one of the best-selling soulful House records of the year. 

Peyton currently lives on the island of Ibiza where he is resident vocalist for Blue Marlin.  While his music continues to spread, many of his songs have been dubbed as anthems, others are recognised as club classics, and Peyton’s worldwide reputation as a performer and writer has secured him the title of one of House music’s most soulful and enduring superstars.

Manchester Airport to Sponsor Leeds Pride

Representatives of Manchester Airport and Leeds Pride Meet to Celebrate the Partnership

Representatives of Manchester Airport and Leeds Pride Meet to Celebrate the Partnership

Leeds Pride is delighted to announce that Manchester Airport will be another sponsor of this year’s Leeds Pride. 

To celebrate, representatives from Manchester Airport officially announced the partnership at the Freedom Bridge in Leeds this week. 

Speaking about the new partnership, Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be working with Leeds Pride for the first time to support such a worthwhile event. 

“We have sponsored other Prides in the UK and thought it was time to widen our reach to showcase the great work undertaken by Manchester Airport, with many of our passengers coming from Yorkshire.

“We looking forward to working closely with the Leeds Pride team on what I am sure will be a world class event.”

Leeds Pride Directors Liaqat Ali and Alexandra McEwan-Hannant commented “We are really excited to have Manchester Airport come on board as a major sponsor of Leeds Pride. We look forward to working with them this year to make the Leeds Pride offer even bigger."

Manchester Airport serves more than 26.8 million passengers and flies to over 210 destinations with over 70 airlines. With a catchment area spanning as north as Scotland, south to the West Midlands, west to Wales and east to Yorkshire, it continues to add passengers and international routes. In the last year alone it has added direct routes to the likes of Beijing, Houston, Los Angeles, Boston, Mauritius, Phuket, San Francisco and Boston. Manchester is the only UK airport outside of London to offer these routes. 

Leeds Pride 2017 will take place on the 5th and 6th August. The main event on the Sunday will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and five hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off an incredible weekend. Running since 2006, it is now the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK's friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGBT+ community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as First Direct and Manchester Airport.

Heather Small to Perform During This Years Event

Leeds Pride are proud to announce that Heather Small will be perfmcoring at this years Leeds Pride.    

After selling several million records, winning two Brit Awards and the Mercury Music Prize, Heather Small is one of the most successful female recording artists of recent years. As part of M People, hits such as ‘Moving On Up’, ‘One Night In Heaven’ and ‘Search For The Hero’ including albums like Elegant Slumming, Bizarre Fruit and Fresco achieving massive worldwide success, Heather became one of the seminal British voices of the 90s, with the band winning the Best British Dance Act Award at the Brits in 1994 and 1995, as well as the Mercury Music Prize for Elegant Slumming.

Heather has since had great successes with two solo albums – the title track of her Proud album has gone on to become the soundtrack to a whole host of very special events including London’s successful 2012 Olympic bid, the 60th anniversary of VE Day in Trafalgar Square, the launch of Queen Mary 2, the Tsunami Relief Concert, England’s victory at the Rugby World Cup celebrations, and the official ceremony marking the handover of the Olympic Games from Beijing to London.

Ahead of this years event check out Heather on her YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/HeatherSmallVEVO

Yorkshire Musician Paul Stone Announced for Leeds Pride

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce the next confirmed performer for this year's event! 

Paul Stone is a Yorkshire born swing singer who has worked with a host of huge names in the industry, including legendary song writer Diane Warren. He has also recieved support from local press and even the BBC with DJs Steve Wright and Paul O' Grady praising him on Radio 2. 

Want to listen to Paul Stone for yourself? Just head here to listen to his song 'You'll Never Ride Alone': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA4KhvN4fl4

A very proud Yorkshire man, Paul Stone is delighted to be performing at Leeds Pride. Speaking about his local roots, Paul Stone said, "I see myself as a local lad! There’s a lyric in my song ‘You’ll Never Ride Alone’ that says ‘See the old man, say hello. Just watch his eyes and know, the smile is not for show.” and the meaning of that is that Yorkshire people are always approachable and they always want to welcome you. There’s just a certain charm about Yorkshire people." 

There will be an announcement about exactly where you can see Paul Stone perform at Leeds Pride soon. Other acts confirmed for Leeds Pride include The Brazen, Sainsbury's act Jordan Fox and more. Keep an eye on www.leedspride.com for more announcements! 

The Leeds Pride 2017 route is EXTENDED to make it the biggest Leeds Pride ever

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This year’s Leeds Pride is set to the biggest ever with an extended area to incorporate more of the city centre. 

As the largest free Pride in the UK, Leeds Pride are always looking to find ways to make sure the event continues to grow in size and this announcement should make sure that this year’s Pride is bigger than ever. 

The new route will still begin in Millennium Square before going past The Light, down The Headrow, past the new Victoria Gate, Leeds Kirkgate Market and towards Lower Briggate. After the finish of the parade, the party continues as this year’s event will also accommodate a lot more visitors to the city as the official site includes areas over Leeds Bridge on the River Aire for the first time ever, past Bridge End and towards ASDA Head Office. 

Leeds Pride 2017 will take place on the 5th and 6th August. The main event on the Sunday will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and five hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off an incredible weekend. There will be a range of events in the build up to Leeds Pride which will be announced closer to the date.  

Leeds Pride is Yorkshire's biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life. Running since 2006, it is now the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK's friendliest Pride. The celebrations are run by a skilled team of volunteers with close links to local Leeds LGBT+ community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as First Direct and Sainsbury’s. 

Leeds Pride's Dance Arena Line Up Announced!

As part of a new, bigger event space on Lower Briggate for this year's Leeds Pride, you'll find the Dance Arena. 

Here's this year's superb line up! 

2pm – 4pm
DJ Luke Horsfield

Luke is a 23 year old DJ from Bradford. Although from Bradford he spends most of his time in Leeds and has grown to be quite a popular DJ within the gay community. He has DJ'd since he was 17 years old starting out with mobile disco's. Slowly working his way into bars & clubs at the age of 18. He is now playing for some of the most well known clubs in the industry such as Mission/Tunnel Leeds & Players Bar Leeds. He has played all over the country in towns & cities such as Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Manchester & Wakefield. Having a very likeable personality Luke continues to grow as a DJ each week & aims to please every set.

4pm – 5.30pm
Guest DJ to be announced in July

5.30pm – 7pm

PJ have played in venues throughout Leeds and the north as well as playing to 1000’s at Maspalomas Pride.

7.30pm – Close
DJ Lee Lee

DJ Lee Allanson (Lee Lee) has been a regular dj on the Leeds scene since 1995. He initially started djing at Primos until it closed in 1998. He had a residency at Bounce initially at Club Uropa before it moved to Casa Loco's on Friday nights. That closed just after the millenium and He then started at the New Penny in 2000, initially as a bar man and then in 2001 was asked to dj and he has been there ever since entertaining the crowds for 16 years. He was asked to close the main stage at Leeds Pride in 2014 which he loved and when asked again this year, was only too happy to do so again.


The LGBT+ Sports Festival for Leeds Pride 

This is Leeds’ first LGBT+ Sport Fringe Festival, created by a group of trainers and activity organisers! 

The event is part of Leeds Pride and all events will be hosted between 28th July and 6th August! Each of these events there will be a small donation of a minimum of £1.50 to secure your place. All of the money from this event which is full supported by Leeds Pride will be donated to 'DAZL' - Dance Action Zone Leeds, which is an organisation which provides activities for the most deprived communities in the city also ensure looked after children and children with disabilities and ensure they they get access to opportunities free of charge.

The calendar of events is below. 

For more information, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1860600797531931/

Friday 28th July - 6pm
5-a-side Football Tournament with Armley Leisure Centre working with The Yorkshire Terriers

A selection of teams within the LGBT+ community and supporting businesses taking part in a launch party at Armley Leisure centre working with The Yorkshire Terriers.

Saturday 29th July - 10am
Danny Silk personal Training will be hosting 'Mutt Walk for Pride, supported by 'Burns Natural Dog Food'

5k dog was along Leeds and Liverpool Canal, supported by Burns Natural Dog Food. Everyone who takes part will receive a free goodie bag, with some literature and sample of some dry dog food.

Saturday 29th July - 1pm
Danny Silk Personal training will be hosting 'Leeds to Bingley and Bingley to Leeds Canal Bike ride'

Meeting at the entrance to the canal next to the Hilton Double Tree hotel at 1pm heading towards Bingley stopping off at the Five Locks and having a 'refreshment' before heading back to Leeds.

Route Details:

From - To: Leeds to Bingley and Bingley back to Leeds
Distance: 34 miles
Terrain: Canal towpath. Surface is mostly good with some tarmac.

Sunday 30th July - 10am
Claire Senior personal training will be hosting 'All Abilities fun circuit session in Roundhay Park'

This event will be held in Roundhay Park and will be for all abilities!

Sunday 30th July - 10.20am
The Hills have gays and Outdoor Lads will be hosting 'Pre-Pride The Hills have Gays and Outdoor Lads flock to Hebden Bridge'

'The Hills have Gays' and 'Outdoorlads.com' team up to bring you this Pride event! Where it all started for The Hills have Gays,let's go for a walk up towards Todmorden from Hebden Bridge! A fairly easy walk (as long as you stick to the path). Being honoured to be joined and supported by the UK's biggest outdoor activity group for gay/bi-sexual men. 

Monday 31st July - 6pm
Power of Silk Group Training session Abdominal Workout at The Cosmopolitan Hotel

This will be a great starter/taster session focusing on abdominal work, ideal for all from starters to advanced.

Monday 31st July - 7.15pm
Matthais Rieger will be hosting 'Fitness Combat at The Cosmopolitan Hotel'

Combat fitness is a form of exercise that is derived from military training programs, most notably the United States Marines. The program focuses on both aerobic and strength training with minimal specialised equipment and no need for a set exercise location. Combat fitness revolves around four core tenets: "train like an athlete," "strive for a harder core," "take pride in exercise technique" and "don't allow for any weak spots." 

Tuesday 1st August - 6pm
Steve Frost will be hosting 'Kick Boxing a taster session'

Steve will be offering an insight into the kickboxing world at 'Lee Matthews British Military Martial Arts'

Thursday 3rd August - 6.30pm
Leeds Frontrunners will be hosting 'Canal Run'

Join the Frontrunners for an early evening run along Leeds and Liverpool canal. meeting outside Candlebar and heading west along the towpath towards Kirkstall. The towpath is flat and fairly even underfoot. They'll operate an out and back route so easy to measure your distance and when you need to turn back!

Thursday 3rd August - 6.45pm
Helena Byles will be hosting "LGBT Yoga for Pride 2017'

An induction to the basics of yoga... get strong, flexible and de-stress, all in 60 minutes!

Join Helena (as seen on 'Made in Leeds TV') at her studio in Headingley for a special class inclusive to everybody in celebration of Leeds Pride 2017.

Saturday 5th August - 9am
Leeds Frontrunners will be hosting 'Pride 5k Park Run'

Leeds Frontrunners are taking over Woodhouse Moor park-run again! Come and join them for a fun trot around the park accompanied by an assortment of rainbow flags and glitter. There may even be a freebie or two!


Two More Performers Announced For This Year's Leeds Pride!

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce two more performers for this year's Leeds Pride! 

Having announced Lucy Whittaker last week, we are delighted to add Blonde Electra and The Brazen to the lineup for this years event on the 5th and 6th August.

Blonde Electra are a London-based, Americanised British pop duo made up of sisters Ruby and Jazzy King. Blonde Electra have been making music all their lives and you may remember them from the 2014 series of The X Factor where they reached the live finals. 

The Brazen are a group of Leeds based indie rockers. Since forming in early 2015, the five-piece have been tearing up venues around the UK and picking up fans at every gig. United by shared influences & musical cornerstones The Stone Roses, Queen and The Who, their combination of classic rock sounds and Britpop melodies has impressed both local audiences and other bands on the scene, recently gaining the support of BBC Introducing and about to head out on their first tour proper be sure not to miss out.

First Leeds Pride Performer Announced ahead of this Year's Digital Pride

To celebrate Digital Pride, the world's first global and all-inclusive LGBT+ pride, Leeds Pride are delighted to announce the first performer at this year’s Leeds Pride, Lucy Whittaker. 

20 year old Lucy Whittaker’s punchy Electro Pop sound, teamed with her energetic performances are fast generating her a reputation as ‘one to watch’ with a strong and rapidly increasing fanbase. Her debut single reached #1 on the Hype Machine ‘Popular on Twitter’ chart, and gained international radioplay, whilst her latest release ‘I’m Not Ever Coming Back Again’ hit 18k views within week 1, and gained support from BBC Introducing in West Yorkshire. Having  performed at Eurosonic Netherlands 2017 alongside artists including Anne Marie and JP Cooper, 2017 is set to be a big year for Lucy.

Lucy Whittaker will also be performing at Digital Pride on Tuesday. Launched by Gay Star News, Digital Pride is a worldwide prime event that includes events, screenings, parties and debates that are streamed across the globe. You can find out more information about them here: http://www.gaystarnews.com/digitalpride/

Keep an eye on www.leedspride.com for news on more performers at this year’s Leeds Pride.

Leeds Pride's 'Mellow Space' for Older Members for the LGBT+ Community

In 2016 Time to Shine and Sage hosted a 'Mellow Space' at Lamberts Yard, where people could come along and be a part of Pride but not have to fight the crowds so much. Instead they could relax with a drink and a chat, while still being able to see and hear the party on the street below. 

Here's what some people said: 

"Great to have a sit-down but still feel part of the action! Thrilled it's here!" 

"A safe, friendly space in the midst of the celebrations." 

This year, they'll be doing the same again. They'll also be providing Pride Buddies who are available to escort people to and from the venue entrance if necessary. 

If you're interested in finding out more or volunteering on the day, please get in touch with Jude Woods: jwoods@mesmac.co.uk or 0113 244 4209.

Sage offer bespoke services for older LGBT+ people across Leeds. They are also partnered with Yorkshire MESMAC and Age UK Leeds to deliver a programme of bespoke services for older LGBT+ people city-wide