What does Leeds pride mean to you?
I have been attending Leeds Pride now for 5 years. I love the day from start to finish, the people, the atmosphere, the diversity, the acts, the parade. It makes me feel alive. I have lived in Leeds all my life and love that we as a city come together to put on this wonderful event.
What does Leeds Pride mean to you and YBS as a company?
The purpose of Yorkshire Building Society attending Pride is to shout out that we support the LGBT+ community and their allies, a place where our colleagues, members and the people of Leeds can celebrate their identity. We are proud to promote awareness of equality. Our aim is for everyone at the Society and the communities we serve to feel valued and respected for being themselves.
We will be connecting with attendees at Leeds Pride and explaining you can Be Yourself in our Society #Prideinoursociety
If you could take 4 guests dead or alive to Leeds Pride who would it be and why?
My sister! We were not close growing up, we shared a bedroom and fought like cat and dog, but, when we had children we realised we needed each other and since then we have become very close and have stuck by each other through some tough times. She is an absolute inspiration, she is a community fundraiser for the Children’s Heart Surgery Fund and also runs marathons for charity (she completed the London Marathon for the first time this year and I was there at the finish line to celebrate her success). She will be attending Leeds Pride for the first time this year and I can’t wait to show her everything.
Kylie Minogue – an LGBT ally,
a superstar who genuinely engages with her fans and
has not forgotten about her roots. Can you imagine the atmosphere if I took Kylie to Leeds Pride and she worked on the Yorkshire Building Society stall singing her hits! It would be fantastic.
Jo Cox – her purpose as an MP was to campaign for a fairer, kinder and more tolerant worldand through this work her life was ended in the most horrendous way. However she has left a huge legacy. Leeds Pride celebrates unity and I’d like her to come along with me to celebrate her legacy and see the impact her work had had beyond her passing.
“We have more in common than that which divides us.” – Jo Cox
Kevin Sinfield – a true Leeds legend. Played for Leeds Rhinos and captained the team to seven super league championships. I always admired his tenacity, his leadership, his commitment for his love of the game and the city. I am a real Rugby League fan – these guys are absolute athletes and I’d like to bring King Kev to Leeds Pride because I’d like to raise a glass to say thanks for the joy I’ve had watching him and the Rhinos achieve great success.
If someone from the LGBT community is reading this article and wanting financial advice from someone else from the organisation would they be best to contact you?
Best to connect with the experts, our colleagues in branch are amazing, customers at our heart is one of our values and we live and breathe this every day, pop in to see them or you can always have a look on our website www.ybs.co.uk
There are lots of financial service providers out there what makes Yorkshire Building Society unique?
As a mutual, we are owned by our customers, who are members of our Society and we exist for their benefit.. We are passionate about making a lasting and positive impact on society and, our colleagues feel respected, valued and proud to work for us; playing an active role in the communities we serve, using our expertise and passion to maximise our impact.