For the first time since 2019, Pride will be coming to York on Saturday 18 June. This return also marks the fiftieth anniversary of the first UK Pride March, held in London in 1972. The festival is held each year to promote equality and diversity, in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity. The theme for this year is ‘Loud and Proud’.
York Pride is a free family friendly event including a parade, food and drink, and special guest appearances from Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle and drag queen and singer Divina de Campo. JRHT/JRF are sponsors of York Pride and will be marching as part of the parade, which starts from York Minster at around 11.45 and finishes at Knavesmire Racecourse at around 1pm.
As part of the Pride celebrations, Pop Up York, Film at the Folk Hall and JRF will host a showing of BAFTA-winning biopic The Naked Servant. The film tells the story of LGBT icon Quentin Crisp and is showing at the Folk Hall, New Earswick, on Friday 17 June at 7.30pm (doors at 7pm). There will be a licenced bar, table seating, and an interval. Tickets cost £3 with proceeds going to Stonewall.