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If you were out and about last weekend you may have noticed your town or city looking slightly more colourful than usual. Cafes and restaurants were adorned with rainbow coloured bunting, street art decorated even the greyest of walls and flags were out in full force as people came together to celebrate Pride. It seems that this year people found even more fun, inventive ways to spread colour and joy across their city than in previous years!
Last weekend’s Pride festivals in Brighton and Hove, Leeds and Belfast (to name a few) hosted parades and celebrations that proudly took over entire cities. A colour kaleidoscope covered city streets as floats and marches celebrated LGBT and the coming together of the people who were there to support it.
With thousands of people getting together to show their support for LGBT communities, this summer is a celebration of diversity – as seen through plenty of colour and festivities. We here at One Day have also been out in force to celebrate diversity. Our Schools Diversity Workshop has been getting quite a bit of attention recently after the release of a certain video you may have seen popping up across social media channels…
We have been working with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 to capture some of the work we do with children during our diversity workshop, and the result is a short film. Released in time for the anniversary of 50 years since homosexuality was decriminalised in the UK, the film is released at an important time. You can watch the film, featuring Priory Primary School in Hull, just below.
As it’s the 50 years anniversary celebration since the legalisation of gay rights, it feels like the Pride events this year are extra special. It’s surprising to think how far we’ve come as a society in such a short period of time. That’s why this year it’s more important than ever to take stock and celebrate our acceptance and attitudes to diversity and LGBT communities.
Were you at a Pride event last weekend? Did you/will you do anything special to celebrate LGBT 50? We’re loving the pictures coming out of various events up and down the country. We’ve included a few of our favourites below.
The fun doesn’t stop there! With Pride events happening across the country this summer, some of the biggest events are yet to come. Manchester Pride’s flagship event, The Big Weekend, is part of The Manchester Pride Festival and takes place in Manchester’s Gay Village over the August Bank Holiday Weekend. Tens of thousands of people are expected to come together to celebrate, along with some of the biggest names in music.
If you’re unable to get to Manchester later this month, or if you’re based further away, there’s plenty of Pride celebrations yet to come cross the UK. Find out the full list of events for 2017 here.