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.
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,
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 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, 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
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!
Sky proud to announce Premium Sponsorship of Leeds Pride 2018
Sky will once again be Premium Sponsors of Leeds Pride, celebrating inclusion and diversity at nine other Pride events across the UK and Ireland this summer.
Last year saw Sky’s biggest undertaking in Pride events ever. Hundreds of employees, friends, family and partners came together at summer Pride events to interact with thousands of people and show support for a diverse, inclusive world.
This year will be the third Leeds Pride event that Sky is supporting and we’re extremely honoured to be working alongside Leeds Pride again.
Sky will be participating in the event’s parade, will feature a special experiential stall at the Leeds Pride 2018 Market area, and have visible branding across the event’s website, social media channels and on the day itself.
Stephen van Rooyen, Sky CEO and Exec Sponsor for the LGBT+@Sky network, said:
“Pride 2018 is going to be our biggest and best ever. We’re going to be across ten locations across the UK and Ireland, and in Milan as well, which is fantastic. I’d like to say a personal thanks as the sponsor of the LGBT+@Sky network for everybody that’s been involved. Have a great time!”
Sky has been encouraging its entire staff to get involved at their local Pride events. Together at Sky, we can make sure that all of us can ‘Just be’ this Pride season.
TPP Is Proud to Sponsor Leeds Pride 2018. Here is a quote from our CEO, Frank Hester, about what Pride means to us.
“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 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.
After smashing it at Sparkle Weekend DJ Katy to play Leeds Pride
DJ Katy has been in the industry for fifeteen years from first mobile disco and teeth cutting in Walkabout clubs to a career in live sound working with Bands & DJ’s at festivals and clubs all over the country with the odd theatre tour thrown in. In-between things the decks have always been to hand and DJ Katy still takes great pleasure in manipulating music of all genres, contouring it for the audience and providing a musical journey to remember.
Me? Well I am transgender but I’ve been purely Katy a long time and now my family’s growing up I’m nearing the end of my journey. Honestly it’s been the music, the people, the atmosphere of great nights that’s kept me going.
Why Do I Want to play Leeds Pride you ask?
I do what I do in everyday situations from club nights to weddings and I know the problems people in my position or other non-hetrosexual positions can face. Sometimes I have found it can be a struggle to carry on. Chances to play events like Leeds Pride are cherished as if I can inspire people to do what makes them happy as this does for me I see it as a victory.
Never stop Listening & Dancing
DJ Katy. X
Big Pink Dress to perform at Leeds Pride
Hi my name's Colin Burgin-Plews but I'm better known as Charity runner Big Pink Dress
4 years ago a friend was diagnosed with breast cancer and I wanted to raise a few pounds for Breast Cancer Now.
At the time I worked at a nursing home and we had just done a show for the residents. We all had to pick out who we would be in the Stars in your eyes show.
I reached in the pot and picked out Diana Ross! Being a 6ft 6 ex forces rugby player not a look I tended to go for but i'm not shy.
So as the dress was pink I thought I'd run the Great North run in it to try and raise £350 for the charity.
Four years later and 10s of thousands raised for Charity it's still going strong.
In this time I've experienced a small portion of name calling and Trolling for me wearing the dresses, which I can only imagine is just a slight insight to what LGBT+ people must go through at times, which is one of the reasons I'm at Pride .
One other reason is in the late 1990s my wonderful cousin went through life basicly hiding his sexuality because of his strict Catholic upbringing.
Unfortunately my cousin passed away in 1999 due to complications of AIDS without ever being able to fully open up to the world . This breaks my heart .
To be able to Sing at LEEDS PRIDE means the world to me. To be able to show my support is something truly special and I can't Thank Leeds Pride enough
Bang Bang Romeo to headline Sainsbury’s Parade Stage at Leeds Pride
Bang Bang Romeo are on an unstoppable rise and are one of the most exciting upcoming bands of 2018. They are coming to Leeds following their triumphant performance at the Isle Of Wight festival, where they opened the main stage to the event’s biggest ever audience for an opening act. Festival promoter John Giddings has stated that “their performance was legendary...this band are unstoppable".
“I've watched videos of Leeds Pride, I’ve attended Leeds Pride, I’ve heard great stories from friends that are long time patrons of Leeds Pride, so to finally get to the opportunity to PLAY the event is a huge honour.. C’mon Leeds let’s see what you got". Stars - Bang Bang Romeo
Bang Bang Romeo are now set to win audiences over in the US and beyond having just signed a worldwide record deal with Eleven Seven Label Group, one of America’s leading independent record companies. ‘Shame On You’ is the first release through their Five Seven Music branch and the next tantalising taste of their highly anticipated debut album coming very soon!
The previously released tracks ‘Chemical’ and ‘Natural Born Astronaut’, earned them support from Huw Stephens (Radio 1), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music), Virgin Radio and Radio X as well as acclaim from NME, The Daily Star, The Sun, Clash, tmrw magazine, Louder Than War and even Black Sabbath’s Tony Lommi.
The band is fronted by lead singer Anastasia Walker whose remarkable talent is electrifying and has seen her dubbed as a “once in 20 years voice”, comparable to the likes of Adele and the Gossip’s Beth Ditto. Also featuring Ross Cameron (guitars) and Richard Gartland (drums), Bang Bang Romeo are a propelling force for female-fronted bands in a male dominated industry, and a strong and open voice for the LGBT community.
2017 saw the band travel across the country, touring relentlessly including shows at the O2 Arena VIP Lounge with The Foo Fighters and The Killers headlining the main events, a UK tour for ‘This Feeling’ as well as appearing at countless UK festivals such as Reading, TRNSMT, The Great Escape, Y-Not and Liverpool Sound City.
Hotly tipped alt-rock trio Bang Bang Romeo have released the video to their breakthrough new single ‘Shame On You’. The video’s stylish and theatrical visuals perfectly complement the band’s bold and powerful personality which is captivating crowds and music tastemakers up and down the country