Leeds Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans (LGB&T) Pride is marking its 10th anniversary with a series of events taking place across the city from Friday 5th August to Monday 8th August.
Official Partners and Sponsors
first direct joins the celebrations as an official partner, with other sponsors including Sainsbury’s, Trinity, and ASDA, all supporting the festivities.
Throughout the weekend, various events will be held to promote love, equality, sexuality, and gender identity. These include community fringe events like the Leeds Queer Film Festival’s free screening of ‘Set It Off’, and club nights such as the famous Speed Queen courtyard party.
Vigil at Sovereign Place
On Saturday 6th August, a vigil will take place at the newly established Sovereign Place at 5 pm to remember the lives loved and lost in the LGB&T* community since Leeds LGBT Pride was launched in 2006.
Main Celebration Day
The main celebration day takes place on Sunday 7th August. The party begins at 12 pm in Millennium Square with the Sainsbury’s Parade stage, featuring two hours of entertainment headlined by Marc Almond, Soft Cell frontman.
Leeds LGB&T* Parade
Starting at 2 pm, the well-attended Leeds LGB&T* parade will weave its way through the city centre. The public is invited to join the thousands of people and over 50 floats taking to the streets, proudly waving their rainbow flags.
Entertainment on Trinity Sponsored Main Stage
Entertainment on the Trinity sponsored Main Stage, located on Lower Briggate, will start at 3 pm. The lineup features local talent such as band Victors, UK Eurovision duo Joe and Jake, Girls Aloud member Sarah Harding. X Factor winner and West End star Alexandra Burke will headline the event, which is expected to be the most successful Pride to date.
Around Lower Briggate, there will be a marketplace, funfair rides, a dedicated women’s space, BME space, family and children’s area, and a Chill-out Zone run by the Time to Shine project.
A Word from the Chair of Leeds LGB&T* Pride
Tom Doyle, Chair of Leeds LGB&T Pride, expressed his gratitude to the sponsors, volunteers, and supporters. He highlighted the importance of this year’s event, especially in response to the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, stating, “Leeds LGBT Pride chooses 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.”