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