On your marks... get set... and go, go, go to Birmingham Pride 2019!
The UK’s biggest two-day LGBTQ festival - this week voted the best Pride event in the UK and one of the top 30 in the world - makes a welcome return today for a 22nd year.
The event kicks off with the annual Pride Parade, this year led by teacher Andrew Moffat MBE, the creator of the No Outsiders educational programme which has been at the centre of so much controversy over the last few weeks.
Taking the theme of Love Out Loud, Pride is wholeheartedly putting its support behind Andrew, No Outsiders and the schools which are being subjected to disruptive protests by parents and demonstrators who oppose children learning about LGBT relationships.
Andrew will be joined by a number of prominent local LGBTQ Muslims in a show of solidarity and support for No Outsiders. These will include Saima Razzaq, a Pakistani lesbian Muslim, and Khakan Qureshi, who runs Finding A Voice - a social support group for South Asian LGBT+ communities in Birmingham.
Among the groups that will lead the Parade with Andrew are IMAAN LGBTQI Muslim Support, Finding A Voice, Naz & Matt Found, and SEEDS (Supporting Education of Equality and Diversity in Schools).
After the parade - which it’s expected will be watched by 75,000 people as it winds its way through the city centre - tens of thousands of party revellers are set to descend on the Birmingham Pride festival to enjoy a bumper weekend of entertainment in a friendly and inclusive party atmosphere.
Headliners on the event’s Main Stage are Years & Years and The Human League.
Other high-profile performers include Mabel, Sigala, Marc Almond, Faithless and Kate Nash.
“The entire Birmingham Pride team are absolutely buzzing about this year’s festival,” said Festival Director Lawrence Barton. “We’ve got a fantastic line-up, so we’re certain it’s going to be an amazing event!”
Joining Lawrence in looking forward to the festival is West Midlands Mayor Andy Street, who said: “Pride makes a vital contribution to our local economy and, most importantly, to our regional identity. The event helps to put Birmingham on the map as a major entertainment city; and as a progressive, inclusive place where everyone is welcome.”
Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Pride festival is an annual reminder to the world that Birmingham is a city where all communities live, work and play together.”
Birmingham Pride takes place today (Saturday 25 May) and tomorrow. The 2019 festival features the Virgin Trains Main Stage, the Mixmag Dance Arena, The Los Angeles Cabaret Stage, The Future Stage and the Women's Arena. A street food court, community stalls, women’s area and new Lip Sync Stage also feature.
So if you’ve already decided that you’re heading along to enjoy the festivities, have a great time at the UK’s very best Pride event...
If you’re not yet sure whether to attend... we urge you to grasp the nettle and head on down to the gay village - a fantastic weekend of fun and frivolity, fabulous partying and top-class entertainment awaits!
Have a great Birmingham Pride 2019 from all at Midlands Zone!
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