Leeds Pride are pleased to announce that Arnold Clark are joining us as a sponsor for 2019

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Leeds Pride are pleased to announce that Arnold Clark are joining us as a sponsor.

Arnold Clark Automobiles Limited is one of the largest car dealer groups in Europe. But it all started with just one showroom opened back in 1954. 

Sir Arnold Clark, the founder of the company, left his position as a motor mechanics instructor with the RAF and was unable to find a job. He bought a Morris Ten Four for £70 and restored it - selling it for a profit. The rest, as they say, is history...

Caitlin Linskey - Marketing Executive saidArnold Clark are delighted to support Leeds Pride 2019. With over 12,500 employees across the UK, we’re a company that’s as diverse as our people. We’re proud to be establishing a workplace culture that’s inclusive and welcoming through training, education and listening to our employees. At Arnold Clark, we’re proud all year round’ 

Leeds Pride are proud to announce that Leeds based company BJSS are onboard as a sponsor for 2019.

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Leeds Pride are proud to announce that the Leeds based company BJSS are onboard as a sponsor for 2019.

BJSS has always harnessed technology to help organisations do great things. Conceived in Leeds, UK in 1993, their approach was simple: they differentiated themselves by the technical excellence of their people, and an unashamedly client-focused delivery culture. 25 years on, those ideals remain at the heart of everything they do.

Today they have over 1,000 talented technologists are dedicated to delivering innovative IT and business services to clients from locations across the UK and USA.


Stuart Bullock Managing Director of BJSS said:

'Diversity of thought, diversity of interest, and diversity within our community are all part of what makes the BJSS team so special. We truly believe diversity is key to how we deliver such innovative, transformative and exciting solutions for our clients, and part of what makes working at BJSS such a rewarding and enriching experience. We’ve chosen to support Pride as a symbol of our commitment to promoting diversity within the tech workforce, and as a celebration of the LGBTQ+ and wider varied community we’ve built at BJSS. Our sponsorship aligns with our ongoing work to ensure that BJSS continues to develop as a fair and inclusive working environment for all our people, and our desire to promote tolerance, openness, and celebration of diversity through our relationships across the Leeds region. Finally, we’re phenomenally proud to support keeping Leeds Pride free for all to attend as Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans life'

Asda Raise The Flag For Leeds Pride

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In the build up to Leeds Pride which takes place on Sunday 4th August Asda who are one of this years platinum sponsors are really putting the flags out in support the LGBT+ community in Leeds. If you head down to their head office at Great Wilson Street you will see the Asda building and nearby Petrol station looking stunning with its rainbow flags and decorations. They will also be lighting the building up again this year from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th August which looks amazing.

This year Leeds Pride is expected to be the biggest ever. The Parade which leaves Millennium Square at 2pm on Sunday 4th August has oner 135 entries including Asda. We are expecting a record breaking turnout of supporters. Last year we had over 55,000 attending Leeds Pride over the weekend.

Liaqat Ali Director of Leeds Pride said ‘It’s truly inspirational to see companies like Leeds based Asda supporting our LGBT+ community in such a fitting tribute. It makes me feel so proud when driving past their Head Office’

Leeds Pride are pleased to announce that TPP are back on board as a sponsor For 2019

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Leeds Pride are pleased to announce that TPP are back on board as a sponsor again this year. Liaqat Ali Director of Leeds Pride said ‘its amazing to have the support of world class companies such as TPP on board as it means so much to the LGBT+ community of Leeds and beyond. Leeds Pride this year is set to be be the biggest ever with record numbers expected. The parade alone has over 130 entries giving massive exposure to companies like TPP’

TPP is a healthcare technology company, dedicated to delivering world class healthcare software in the UK and internationally.

Their philosophy is to join up healthcare based on a shared electronic medical record, improving access to clinical data and empowering patients to take part in their own care.

Frank Hester CEO, said TPP Is Proud to Sponsor Leeds Pride 2019 and said what Pride means to us.

“Since TPP started nearly 22 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 Leeds area and we’re extremely honoured to be able to show our support for the community where we live, work and socialise.”

- Frank Hester, CEO of TPP.

Leeds Pride are delighted to announce that Asda are a Platinum Sponsor

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Leeds Pride are pleased to announce that this year Asda are a platinum sponsor. Alexandra McEwan Hannant Director of Leeds Pride said How wonderful it’s to have the support of the Leeds based company and we look forward to working with them for years to come. It means so much to the people of Leeds that a local company such as Asda are here to support the LGBT+ community, their family and friends'


Hayley Tatum, Senior Vice President of People, on why Pride is important:

‘At Asda we are really passionate about creating an inclusive culture that enables not only our colleagues to feel supported to be who they are every day, but also our customers and communities too. The summer of Pride is a key part of this as it provides an opportunity for everyone to celebrate how far we have come on LGBT+ rights but also to reflect and think about how far we still have to go as a society. Pride offers a fantastic opportunity for the LGBT+ community to come together, with their allies, to march in support of a world that allows people to love and express themselves without fear’

Leeds Pride 2019 Parade Information Pack is now Available to Download

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Leeds Pride 2019 Parade Information Pack is now available to download so if you are planning on taking part in the parade don’t forget to get this to us as soon as possible as all application forms must be submitted by Wednesday 17th July for approval by the Parade Safety Manager, It’s going to be another terrific event that will be held at Millennium Square to start. The Parade which is expected to have over 120 entries will then head down to Lower Briggate to start the afternoon event which will go into the evening showcasing some local and international acts. The parade route can be viewed from the “Useful Information Section” in the dropdown menu to the top right of this page.



Sponsor Leeds Pride 2019

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Whether you're a big brand or a small business, supporting Leeds Pride has many benefits to your company. 

Thousands of people headed to Millennium Square to start off the celebrations last year and thousands more lined the streets to watch the parade which alone had over 120 entries. The main event on Lower Briggate attracted over 55,000 people and an even bigger reach on social media, local media and radio. Supporting Leeds Pride also demonstrates your support for the LGBT community to your employee networks, potential customers and client base,



Leeds Pride 2018 Impact Survey

Results from the Leeds Pride 2018 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 4th & 5th August brought alone 55,000 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 455 people responded. An average spend of the participants attending Leeds Pride on the 5th August was £97.85. The economic impact of Leeds Pride 2018 onto the City Centre is worked out at a conservative figure of £4,305,400.

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Local trans groups to lead this years Leeds Pride Parade

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Local trans groups to lead this years Leeds Pride Parade

 

Recently trans communities, especially trans women, have faced an increase in the hate and transphobic misinformation in the media. Leeds Pride want to make it clear that there is no pride in transphobia and transphobia has no place  at Leeds Pride.

 

Trans and non-binary folk played a central role in founding, supporting and developing Leeds Pride. To recognise and celebrate the contribution trans and non-binary people have made to Leeds Pride and the Pride movement worldwide and as a symbol of our solidarity we are delighted that local trans and non-binary groups will be the first float leading this year’s Leeds Pride parade.

 

The Leeds Pride parade will be setting off from Millenium Square at 2pm Sunday 5th August

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On Sunday 5th August at 1:30 we are asking everyone across Leeds to hold hands for Leeds Pride!

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Hold Hands for Leeds Pride

On Sunday 5th August at 1:30 we are asking everyone across Leeds to hold hands for Leeds Pride!

Across the UK and the world LGBT people are still discriminated against for who they are. Hate crime against LGBT people in the UK is on the rise and across the world LGBT people face violence and imprisonment just because of who they are. There are eight countries in which being LGBT can result in a death penalty.

A recent survey showed that over 1 in 3 LGBT people have been verbally abused because of their identity, sexuality or gender, and over three quarters of LGBT people don’t feel comfortable showing affection to a partner in public. BAME LGBT individuals feeling like there is no place for them within the wider mainstream LGBT community, contributing to a self-reinforcing cycle of exclusion and invisibility.

 

Recently Trans communities, especially Trans women, have faced an increase in the hate and transphobic misinformation in the media. Leeds Pride want to make it clear that there is no pride in hate and there is no place for hate at Leeds Pride.

 

Pride events such as Leeds Pride are now more important than ever and that is why we are asking everyone across Leeds on Sunday 5th August to come and hold hands with Leeds Pride as a sign of solidarity for LGBT people in Leeds and across the world. 

 

For research information see Pride in London - A report into the lives of LGBT people in the UK

 


Leeds Pride are Excited to Announce our Next Act, SHENA.

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Leeds Pride are Excited to Announce our Next Act, SHENA.

Since graduating from the Royal Academy with Honours, Shèna has been lucky enough to enjoy an incredibly successful career in all areas of the Music Industry. and even the TV and movie industries as well.

 

As a backing vocalist she has worked with great artists such as Lisa Stansfield, Luther Vandross, Mica Paris, Chaka Khan, James Brown, Amy Winehouse , Heather Small, Josh Stone, Michael Gray, Alex Gaudino, Charlotte Church, The Sugar Babes, Girls Aloud, Mariah Carey, Leslie Garett, Alicia Dixon and Michael Ball to name but a few. 

 

As a solo artist she has over 150 commercial releases to her credit, which include the monster dance hits The Weekend, There’s nothing I won’t do, You Belong To Me, Dare Me, Guilty, Can’t stop the rain (one of Terry Wogan’s favourites on Radio 2), Watch out, I’ll Be Waiting, Take Me To The Clouds Above, Take Me To The Stars, as well as Electrosexual which was heavily featured on the Hollywood Blockbuster movie The girl with the dragon tattoo, starring Daniel Craig.

 

Shèna has also had a successful career in the West End, which includes performing in the touring production of Carmen Jones, understudy to the lead in Mama I want to sing, one of the Soul girls in Jesus Christ Superstar, and she took over the lead role from Irene Cara in What a feeling. And in 2013 she was chosen from 6500 girls to star as Whitney Houston in the Channel 5 documentary, Autopsy: Whitney Houston’s last hours and then again most recently in Whitney & Bobby: addicted to love also on Channel 5. In fact her biggest claim to fame is that she is the only woman in the world to have portrayed Whitney Houston 3 times on 3 different TV Documentaries, the third one being: Autopsy: Bobbi Kristina’s Last Hours.

Kira Will Be Appearing at Leeds Pride

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Kira Will Be Appearing at Leeds Pride

Kira has been singing at prides, stadiums and various events up down the country since 2002. Her distinctive voice and high energy performances have secured her a regular spot at Leeds pride for over 10 years. 

She has a large LGBT following, especially her home town of Leeds and is thrilled to have been invited back to perform for them at pride 2018.

Freedom 2 Dance Ltd are delighted to announce that they will be taking part in this years Leeds Pride Parade.

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Freedom 2 Dance Ltd are delighted to announce that they will be taking part in this years Leeds Pride Parade.

In a unique partnership with Leeds based international haulage company Sterling Services, they will engage up to 100 young people in an  exclusive dance extravaganza!

Based in Leeds, Sterling Services has been providing Same-Day Delivery Courier Services, Express Haulage, European Delivery Service, Warehousing, Project Managed Delivery Programmes together with Signage, Graphics and Retail Installation Services to companies throughout the UK and Europe for over 22 years www.sterlingservices.co.uk 

 

Freedom 2 Dance will provide a two day holiday camp based in Castleford, West Yorkshire where children aged 8-17 years will learn a show stopping parade performance that will be debued at Leeds Pride!

Speaking of the opportunity F2D Directors Michelle Dickinson and Laura Jaggar said " When Sterling Services approached us, there was no doubt in our minds, we just had to say yes!  The name of our dance school say's it all, we believe everyone should have the Freedom to be who they are! We are thrilled to be able to show our commitment to the LGBT Comunity"  they added "We foster the same family and community ethos as Sterling Services so for us it seemed the perfect fit, we would like to thank them for funding the costumes for our performance and providing such a wonderful opportunity for so many young people"

Baby D To Perform At Leeds Pride on Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

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Baby D To Perform At Leeds Pride on Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

Baby D is an English breakbeat hardcore and house music group, best known for their UK number 1 "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" in 1994. The group was formed by Production House Records, a record label set up in 1987 by former recording artist Phil Fearon, whose group Galaxy had had a number of hits in the 1980s and 1990s. "Let Me Be Your Fantasy" reached number 1 on the UK charts in November 1994. The success continued with "(Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime) I Need Your Loving" (a 1995 cover of The Korgis classic), "So Pure" and "Take Me to Heaven", all included in the album Deliverance (1996). At the first MOBO Awards show in 1996 Baby D won in the category "Best Dance Act". In the summer of 2008, the band performed at the UK dance music festival, Global Gathering.  They continue to perform on the club and festival circuit.

Rozalla To Perform on The Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

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Rozalla To Perform on The Manchester Airport San Francisco Stage

Rozalla is a dance music performer. Her hit "Everybody's Free” in 1993 lead her nickname “Queen of Rave”. Rozalla began performing at a young age in her native Zambia singing in clubs and at events and, at age 13, singing on a children’s TV show. In her teens she relocated to Zimbabwe where she fronted various R&B cover bands before beginning her own recording career with a resultant five number-one hits on that nation’s chart. Her first UK single Born To Luv Ya became a club hit in 1990, but Rozalla’s career took off when the dance anthem Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good), reached number 6 in the UK Singles Chart in 1991. Also a top 10 hit in many European countries soon afterwards and reached the Billboard Top 40 the following year.

 

After touring with Michael Jackson, opening all of his performances on the European leg of his Dangerous tour, and several other charting singles Rozalla enjoyed UK Top 20/US Top 100 success in 1994 with her cover of I Love Music, the theme song to the film Carlito’s Way. Three more dance singles, including a cover of Soul Family Sensation’s underground hit I Don’t Even Know If I Should Call You Baby, also reached the upper regions of the UK Singles Chart.

 

Her 1998 album Coming Home saw her reunite with the Band of Gypsies and spawned a stateside club hit with its lead single Don’t Go Lose It Baby and was well received by her dance following. In May 2013 Damien Zannetou formed Anesis Records. He decided to approach Rozalla to re-release ‘Everybody’s Free’ with a more fresh and cutting edge up to date version the single was re produced by chart producer David Anthony and ‘Everybody’s Free 2013′ was re-born.

Manchester Airport Back On Board To Sponsor Leeds Pride For Three More Year

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Manchester Airport Back On Board To Sponsor Leeds Pride For Three More Years

 

Leeds Pride is delighted to announce that Manchester Airport will be back on board to sponsor Leeds Pride for three more years. 

For the next three years the UK’s third biggest airport will be sponsoring the main stage which will now be known as the Manchester Airport San Francisco  Stage.

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

“We received such great support and a friendly welcome at last year’s event, so wanted to come back bigger and better for the next few years, to meet and thank the 4.8 million people from Yorkshire who fly from Manchester. 

“We are looking forward to continuing to work closely with the Leeds Pride team on what I am sure will be a world class event on our Manchester Airport San Francisco stage.”

Alex & Ali from Leeds Pride commented: “After the success of last year, we are delighted that Manchester Airport have signed up for three years as Main Stage sponsors.  The commitment from them will help Leeds Pride flourish for years to come and we really look forward to working with them."

Manchester Airport serves more than 27.9 million passengers and flies to more than 220 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 few years alone it has added direct routes to the likes of Beijing, Mumbai, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston. 

Leeds Pride 2018 will take place on 5th August. The main event on the Sunday will include two hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, a parade through the city centre with over 110 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.

 

Mercer are delighted to be a sponsor of Leeds Pride

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Mercer are delighted to be a sponsor of Leeds Pride, an event that contributes such a huge amount to the local community!  At Mercer, we help clients around the world advance the health, wealth and careers of their most vital asset – their people.  We’re in the business of creating more secure and rewarding futures for our clients and their employees – whether we’re designing affordable health plans, assuring income for retirement, or aligning workers with workforce needs.    We know how important it is to nurture the talents of a diverse workforce, so that we all have an equal opportunity to thrive together.  We’re proud to be a diverse and inclusive company, and to help our clients maximise the potential of their own diverse talent.

Sainsbury’s act for Leeds Pride - Jordan Fox

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Sainsbury’s act for Leeds Pride - Jordan Fox

 

We are delighted to have Jordan Fox performing on the Sainsbury’s stage in Millenium Square again this year at Leeds Pride. 

Jordan is currently performing in Kinky Boots in the West End.

Jordan was a Sainsbury's employee up until he started performing in Kinky Boots and is a huge supporter of what Sainsbury’s are trying to achieve through their Proud@Sainsburys network. His family work for Sainsbury's so Sainsbury’s in his genes!