UK PRIDE 2021

Due to be held by Northern Pride is POSTPONED until July 2022 due to COVID19

Northern Pride (Newcastle) has been chosen as the host city for this year's UK Pride event this summer, the event had been postponed to 2021 amid ongoing uncertainty over the Covid-19 crisis. Working closely with the UK Pride Organisers Board, the physical celebrations will now be postponed to 2022 & Western-SuperMare Pride's UK Pride celebrations to 2023 due the uncertainty of large events created by the public health concerns from Covid-19.

For the LGBT+ community 2021 may feel like another heart-breaking year without the ability of having Prides visible. However, this means that UK Pride organisers, will like last year work harder to support their local communities within different projects. There could be smaller Pride events / or they could be a digital Pride event.

Both Northern Pride and Weston-Super-Mare Pride like many other Prides in the UK and the world are looking
to replace their physical events with a online digital Pride offering support, celebration of the LGBT+ community and standing in solidarity with all minority groups.

Next year, 2022 marks an important year for Pride organisers in the UK as it is the 50th anniversary of the very first UK Pride held in London 1972. With two years limited Pride events across the UK, this is expected to bring together incredible celebrations up and down the country with the spotlight falling on Newcastle in July 2022. But by everyone supporting their local Pride, it will mean it can come back stronger and better for the 50th anniversary in 2022!

NORTHERN PRIDE ANNOUNCES DATES FOR UK PRIDE 2022
The organisers of one of the largest, free Prides have announced the dates for the 2022 festival, fresh from celebrating the success of the 2019 the LGBT+ charity Northern Pride, has revealed the next Northern Pride Festival will take place in Newcastle 22nd to 24th July 2022, with Barclays returning as main sponsor.

After a successful bid from the NORTHERN PRIDE committee at the UK Pride Organisers Network (UKPON) in 2018. The NORTHEN PRIDE 2019 event welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to the city over the weekend, with more than 22,000 people taking part in the Stonewall Remembrance March.

Ste Dunn, Director of Northern Pride "We would love nothing more than to be in a position to celebrate Pride weekend with a huge festival this summer and postponing isn't a decision we have taken lightly, but the safety of our event team, volunteers and community is our top priority,"

"A report from the LGBT Foundation found that LGBTQ+ people are more likely to have poor mental health, be socially isolated and experience domestic abuse – factors which have escalated due to the pandemic. Online events like these are a lifeline to keep people connected and help to raise the visibility of the community as we continue to campaign for better protections," he said.

"We've channelled all of our energy into planning a really fantastic virtual programme, which will hopefully have something for everyone, and we're delighted to have Barclays returning as sponsor for another year."

WESTERN-SUPRE-MARE PRIDE have announced their dates for the UK Pride 2023 event.
Directors and Team Leaders Weston-Super-Mare Pride Community Interest Company: “Back in 2020, no one thought that we would still be experiencing this pandemic nearly one year on in 2021 and of course it has affected everyone in one way or another. It is now a part of our lives to wash our hands, cover our face, stay 2 metres apart and no gathering in groups to help protect each other and our fantastic NHS. The team would like to say a big Thank You to all our NHS staff and Keyworkers across the UK who have kept the country going over the last year. Behind the scenes, Weston-Super-Mare Pride has been working on plans for an event for 2021, however with the on-going pandemic, it is still too early to be able to confirm when we will be able to bounce back with our annual event that is risk free and safe for everyone.

It is with regret, that we today announce our annual event will be online again this year. More details will be released over the next few weeks and months, for now, the dates for your diary are Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July 2021.

We have also had some in-depth discussions with the team at Northern Pride in Newcastle and UKPON (UK Pride Organisers Network) regarding the national pride, which was originally due to be held in Weston-SuperMare in 2021, then postponed due to COVID to 2022. We have again decided to roll the postponement to 2023. This enables all the hard work from the Northern Pride team to host in 2022.

We have already been in touch with those who have purchased tickets for this year. Anyone who has shown an interest in getting involved with a stall or other activity will be contacted in the coming weeks.

Looking ahead to 2022, this is a significant anniversary for the LGBT+ community, It celebrates 50 years since the first Gay Rights Rally March in London in June 1972. We are going to make 2022 a year of showing our thanks to those that have come before us and paved the way for equality today. Pride is as important now as it has ever been, perhaps more so as we have become even more isolated due to government restrictions. Our 2021 online event is a chance to bring our community together to celebrate and empower who we are. We will need your help to make this the most powerfully & uplifting online event of 2021 for everyone. Support Weston-Super-Mare Pride in any way you can. We will share ideas and inspiration with you, we promise to give you something to shout about. Take Care of yourselves and if you need support please contact us.

Jenny Dewsnap Co-Chair UK Pride Organisers Network:
“Following the decision to postpone UK Pride 2021 (Northen Pride) we felt it only fair thing to do was to move the date for them to next year as we had done last year. This again impacted the team at Western-Super-Mare who were the winning bidder for UK Pride 2021 from the annual conference in 2019. So both Prides will move on by one year.

We are excited for the future of Pride's in the UK, and we have great plans for 2022 as the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride in the UK. We would ask that everyone support their local Pride in the difficult decisions this year. So that they can come back for 2022 in the healthiest way.

We thank and praise both teams for the work already put in for this year and for redoubling efforts for the future. Stay Safe”