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

Leeds Pride - Everything you need to know! 

Leeds Pride 2017 will take place on the Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August so make sure you save the dates! 

The main event on the Sunday will start with  2 hours of entertainment in Millennium Square, followed by a parade through the city centre with over 60 floats and 5 hours of entertainment on Lower Briggate to finish off an incredible weekend. 


Leeds Pride is Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life. Running since 2006 and 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 LGB&T community and the event is funded through community fundraising, grant funding and sponsorship agreements with national brands such as First Direct, Sainsbury’s and ASDA.

Over the Leeds Pride weekend there will be a whole host of events celebrating love, equality, sexuality and gender identity across the city. This is the 11th year that Leeds Pride has taken place and it undoubtedly makes a huge contribution to the local economy with thousands of people choosing to visit the city on Leeds Pride weekend. 


All over the city! The fun all starts at the Millennium Square Stage on the Sunday and the parade then heads through Leeds before ending up on Lower Briggate for a massive party to round off a wonderful day.  


Leeds Pride 2017 is back Saturday 5th and 6th August 2017!  

How can you take part? 

Entry is free for everyone through the whole day. If you’re looking for how your business can get involved with Leeds Pride or sponsorship opportunities then head to their website: www.leedspride.com/sponsorship/ 

To find out more information about Leeds Pride, head to www.leedspride.com or follow them on Twitter: @LeedsPride and on Facebook: Leeds LGBT Pride. Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements, including the Leeds Pride headline act!

Sainsbury’s Store Manager, Jemma Kameen, awarded for her work with Leeds Pride!

Jemma Kameen leading Sainsbury’s colleagues at Leeds Pride in 2016.   

Jemma Kameen leading Sainsbury’s colleagues at Leeds Pride in 2016.


Jemma Kameen, the store manager at Sainsbury’s Leeds Headingley, has been recognised for her outstanding contribution to the city’s Pride event at The Annual Leeds LGBT Awards ceremony.

As the co-chair of Proud@Sainsbury’s, the retailer’s inclusive LGBTA colleague network, Jemma has led Sainsbury’s involvement in Leeds Pride for the last two years.

Jemma found out that she’d been nominated for the Leeds Pride Ally of the Year award in January and was presented with the accolade at the event - also known as the ‘Owlies’ - which took place last Tuesday (21 February). The awards ceremony celebrates and congratulates individuals and groups that have made outstanding contributions to the Leeds LGBT community.

Liaqat Ali, Director of Leeds Pride, said: “Having worked with Jemma for the last 2 years, she stands out as one of the most dedicated people I have worked with over my 10 years as director of Leeds Pride. 

“It’s always a pleasure to speak to her, as she has amazing ideas and the balloon launch last year to remember the Orlando victims was one of them.  She works all year around promoting pride and I really look forward to working with her again this year and many years to come.”

Through her hard work and dedication, Jemma managed to recruit 400 volunteers from Sainsbury’s stores across Yorkshire to help organise and take part in Leeds Pride in 2016 – engaging a diverse range of colleagues from all areas of the business. She also arranged t-shirts for all of the colleagues as well as goodie-bags which were handed out to people at the event.

She also arranged a special ceremony to honour the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting where 49 people were killed. Colleagues released 49 bouquets of biodegradable balloons in memory of each of the victims.

Speaking about her experience as Proud@Sainsbury’s co-chair, Jemma said: “Last year’s Pride event was one of the highlights for me – parading through the city centre with our decorated wagon and online delivery van, playing music for all of our colleagues to dance to”.

“Sainsbury’s had the biggest group in attendance and we literally painted Leeds orange as we paraded through the streets with whistles and hula necklaces, celebrating with the crowds of people who lined the streets.

“I’m thrilled to have picked up the award last week and so proud to work for a company who is truly making a difference to our LGBT colleagues”

As part of the awards ceremony, Jemma presented Leeds Pride with a cheque for £5,500 alongside Alan Ormrod – Sainsbury’s Regional Operations Manager for West Yorkshire. The funds were generated through the retailer’s Local Heroes scheme which awards charities and community groups with £5 for every hour a colleague spends volunteering.

This isn’t the first time Jemma has been recognised for her achievements. In 2015, Sainsbury’s picked up the Leeds Pride Partner of the Year award after Jemma led the annual parade with 180 of her colleagues. She was also been nominated for the Financial Times Outstanding Young LGBT Leader in 2015 and for the Community Yorkshire Woman OF Achievement Awards last year.

Proud@Sainsbury’s was formed in 2014. It brings together LGBT colleagues and “allies” – people who may not identify as LGBT but who believe that LGBT people should be free to be themselves and to reach their full potential.   The network is run by colleagues who are passionate about Diversity and Inclusion. There are two appointed network co-chairs and sixteen panel members. The group act as role models and give recommendations about how to create a more inclusive workplace.

Hannah Munro, Diversity & Inclusion Manager at Sainsbury’s, added: “We’re committed to supporting and celebrating our LGBT colleagues and our aim is to create an environment where every individual feels comfortable sharing who they are with their colleagues allowing them to bring their ‘whole self’ into work.

Leeds Pride and Radio Aire celebrating radio station partnership for 2017

Leeds Pride has teamed up with Radio Aire meaning the city radio station will become the events official radio media partner 2017. 

Leeds Pride is Yorkshire's biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life which will take place on Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August 2017.

Radio Aire is a commercial radio station made in Leeds playing chart and adult contemporary music, and has produced a number of well-renowned names in the radio journalism industry in its 35 years of broadcasting.

Its content also includes up-to-date traffic news, award winning news coverage, events and competitions.

Leeds Pride and Radio Aire will work together to bring the 2017 event to life on the run up to August. On Sunday 6th August, Radio Aire will broadcast live from the station float in the parade while the presenting team will host the Millennium Square stage. 


Speaking about this new partnership, the Leeds Pride Directors said: “We were completely blown away and honoured to be awarded Radio Aire Heroes Award - Leeds Best Event 2016 and are really excited to be working with Radio Aire in 2017. Radio Aire is the number 1 radio station for Leeds and our new partnership with them will spread the message of Pride across our great city.“   

Deborah Tracey, Regional Marketing Manager at Radio Aire, said: “We are really excited to be working in partnership with Leeds Pride. It is one of the most important dates in the Leeds event calendar after 10 amazing years. Radio Aire has been on air for over 35 years and only by having unique relationships with fantastic event teams like Leeds Pride can we continue to reflect everything that is unique about our city and the great people that live here. We can’t wait to be part of the party! ”

Impact Survey 2016

Leeds LGBT has a huge positive impact on the City of Leeds. It's thanks to you, your survey answers and the figures gathered from the use of the official #LeedsPride hashtag that we've managed to get some heartwarming information on just how much Leeds LGBT Pride 2016 has benefited our city.

It is after all your city, your pride!

Click below to see the Leeds LGBT 2016 Impact Survey...

Leeds Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* Pride Chair Steps Down

Founder and Chair of Leeds LGB&T Pride, Tom Doyle has announced he is stepping down

Since it burst onto the Leeds scene 10 years ago Leeds LGB&T* Pride has become a key event in the city’s calendar.  The event has grown impressively from its beginnings in 2006, when a few hundred people attended to this year that saw over 40,000 people take to the streets of Leeds celebrating the LGB&T* community and calling for equality.

Tom said, ‘It’s been a massive pleasure and a great honour to be the chair of Leeds LGB&T* Pride over the past 10 years. All those years ago we set ourselves the objective of delivering a high quality, visible, city centre event that the Leeds LGB&T* community and the whole city of Leeds can be proud of – mission accomplished.’

‘I’m proud to say that I’m leaving Leeds LGB&T*Pride in great shape, this year was by common consent, the best ever Leeds LGB&T*Pride, the finances are in good shape, and the Pride Directors are a talented, dedicated and enthusiastic team. Taken together I know that this is a fantastic foundation for the future development of Leeds LGB&T* Pride.’

Alexandra McEwan-Hannant, Leeds LGB&T*Pride Director said, ‘All of us who are part of the Leeds LGB&T* Pride team want to thank Tom for his decade of service and commitment to Leeds LGB&T* Pride. The success of Pride is due in no small part to Tom’s leadership, which has been inspirational and created a real legacy for Leeds LGB&T* Pride to move forward. The Leeds LGB&T* community and the city owe him a great debt of gratitude, not just for his work on Pride but also on wider LGB&T* health and equality issues’.

Tom will be remaining in his post as Chief Executive of Yorkshire MESMAC, the county’s largest LGB&T* charity where he has been for 26 years. ‘Though I’m stepping down from Leeds LGB&T* Pride I will still be working and campaigning hard for LGB&T* communities across Yorkshire. I am really looking forward to Leeds LGB&T* Pride 2017, which I know is going to be great success and for the first time I will be able to experience as a Pride attender’

Tips for a Safer Pride


"People should be assured that Pride is safer than ever, so please turn up and show your support. The terror attack at Pulse in Orlando has had an effect on the LGBT community around the world and their feeling of safety, but there is nothing to suggest that the threat is any higher than it was before this attack and the ideology that fuels such atrocities hates the idea of diverse society – so turn up and show them we are here and we are proud of who we are. 

The biggest risk at Leeds Pride is that people have a bit too much to drink a bit too quickly so please pace yourself – it is a very long day and if it is warm you will get drunk quicker. Also – as inviting as the river looks, it is a very dangerous place so please do not go for a dip to cool off!

We will have a large presence at Pride this year but that is not in relation to a threat to the event. Over the last couple of years officers have enjoyed it that much that they are volunteering to come work at the event to talk to people about hate crime reporting and our amazing career opportunities as well as have a bit of a laugh in photos with the public, and make sure everyone gets to enjoy Pride in a safe environment. 

You might see a few armed officers there (who are fully prepared for innuendo’s about the size of their weapons) but these officers are normally patrolling crowded places when they get the chance so don’t be concerned if you see them - go say hello"

 Inspector Ben Ryder – Chair West Yorkshire Police LGBT Network

Council takes Pride in LGBT celebrations

Millennium Square and Leeds City Council will be joining in the celebrations for this weekend’s spectacular 10th anniversary of Leeds Pride.

The square will host the parade stage for this year’s event on Sunday, August 7, with keynote speakers and entertainment on stage from 12 noon before the huge Leeds Pride parade gets underway at 2pm.

Performers will include Soft Cell front man Marc Almond, and singer Craig Roe, with speakers including Tom Doyle, chief executive of Yorkshire Mesmac and Chair Leeds LGBT Pride.

And Leeds City Council’s LGBT Staff Network will be hosting a special market from 11am until 1pm at Leeds City Museum, with stalls from different council departments offering free help, information and advice to those attending Pride.

Departments hosting stalls at the event will include HR, children’s services, adult social care and city development with information available on a hugely diverse range of issues including fostering and adoption, marriage and civil partnerships and the city’s bid for European Capital of Culture.

Those attending will also have the chance to get more information about the development of the city’s South Bank, which is close to the city’s gay quarter.

Following the marketplace event, the council will also be taking part in the parade, complete with open topped double decker bus and accessible mini-bus.

Councillor James Lewis, deputy leader of Leeds City Council, said: “It’s great to see that the city will once again be hosting such a vibrant celebration and that the council will be doing more than ever to highlight our work and services at the event.

“Pride is all about celebrating both the things that make us different and the things that unite us, and reinforcing the message that Leeds is a place where we’re happy to say we have both diversity and community spirit in huge abundance.

“We are working hard to make Leeds an LGBT Friendly City and Leeds City Council an LGBT Inclusive Employer, so weekend’s event is a great opportunity for people working across the council to engage with members of the LGBT community and for those attending Pride to find out more about some of the council services that are available to them.”

Leeds has hosted an annual Pride event since 2006, with the event regularly attracting in excess of 30,000 people to the city centre.

Leeds Pride rainbow balloons release in memory of Orlando victims

RAINBOW BALLOONS will be released in memory of the Orlando shooting victims when Sainsbury’s staff take part in Leeds Pride this weekend.

Last year 180 company staff joined the parade, making them the biggest group to take part. 

And this year Headingley store manager Jemma Kameen will lead more than 400 colleagues who have pledged their support for the celebrations.

Jemma, who has been nominated for a number of awards for her work with Leeds Pride, jointly leads diversity scheme Proud@Sainsbury’s.

“I am honoured to be co-ordinating Sainsbury’s involvement with Leeds Pride for a second year,” she said. 

“We are going to be releasing 49 bouquets of biodegradable rainbow balloons in memory of the 49 victims of the Orlando shootings. It is humbling to see so many colleagues come together to support this event with such enthusiasm.”

Sainsbury’s will also sponsor the Parade stage in Millennium Square for the second year. 

The Voice star Tom Rickels, who works at one of the supermarket chain’s Bristol branches, will be among those performing at the event.

Regional manager Alan Ormrod said: “The event encompasses many of Sainsbury’s values as we hold diversity and inclusion with high importance. I look forward painting Leeds orange once again.”

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’