It time for Rainbows over the city centre

Leeds Lesbian , Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGB&T*) Pride is 10 this year and to celebrate there will be events taking place across the city over the Leeds Pride weekend, Friday 5th August until Monday 8th August.

first direct are over the rainbow to be official partner at this year’s Leeds LGB&T* Pride 10th anniversary with a whole host of other sponsors supporting the celebrations including Sainsbury’s, Trinity and ASDA.

Over the Leeds LGB&T* Pride weekend there will be a whole host of events celebrating love, equality, sexuality and gender identity including community fringe events such as Leeds Queer Film Festival’s free screening of ‘Set It Off’  and club nights including the return of the infamous Speed Queen courtyard party.

There will be a vigil at the newly created Sovereign Place from 5pm on Saturday 6th August to remember those lives loved and lost in our community since Leeds LGBT Pride begun in 2006.

On Sunday 7th August the main Leeds LGB&T* Pride celebration day, the party kicks off at 12pm in Millennium Square with the Sainsbury’s Parade stage. There will be 2 hours of entertainment headlined by Marc Almond (Soft Cell front man).

At 2pm the hugely popular Leeds LGB&T* parade will then weave its way through the city centre, everyone is invited to join the thousands of people and over 50 float taking to the city’s streets flying rainbow flags with pride.

Entertainment then starts at 3pm on the Trinity sponsored Main Stage situated on Lower Briggate. A whole host of talent including local band Victors, UK Eurovision duo Joe and Jake,  Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding, will entertain the crowds for the next 5 hours. X factor winner and West End Star Alexandra Burke will be headlining what promises to be the most successful Pride to date.

Around Lower Briggate there will also be a market place, funfair rides, dedicated women’s space, BME space, Family and Children’s area and a Chill out Zone run by Time to Shine project. 

Chair of Leeds LGB&T* Pride Tom Doyle

‘We are delighted to welcome first direct as an official partner as Leeds LGB&T* Pride celebrates its 10th anniversary. This is a very important year for us and I and the committee want to thank all our volunteers and supporters. We couldn’t do it without you.   

This year the world and the global LGB&T* community were shocked and saddened by the murder of 49 people in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. This was a hate crime designed to tear out the heart of the LGB&T* community. In these painful times we could choose to run and hide in fear, but Leeds LGBT* Pride, choose to come together, take to the streets with our families friends and allies and celebrate the rich diverse and dynamic LGB&T* community of Leeds’