University staff and students are invited to take part in this year’s Liverpool Pride festival.
Now in its seventh year, Liverpool Pride was established in memory of gay teenager Michael Causer, who was murdered in a homophobic attack in Liverpool in 2008. The festival is held annually, near the anniversary of his death, to celebrate his life and empower the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities.
This year’s theme is Liverpool Icons and participants are invited to come dressed in their interpretation of this theme (although this is not a requirement). In addition to the march, there will be an exciting series of events in the city throughout the weekend. More details can be found on the Liverpool Pride website.
The march will begin on William Brown Street (in front of Central Library) at 12pm on Saturday, 30 July and is expected to end around 1pm. Attendees are asked to arrive by 11.40am. There is no need to register to join the march, as staff and students can find the University of Liverpool banner to join the University group.
Hayley Meloy, LGBT Staff + Postgraduate Network Co-chair, said: “Recent events, at home and abroad, have painfully shown that LGBT hate crime is still a very real issue worldwide.
“I’d like to encourage all staff and students, regardless of sexuality, to come along to join the parade in a show of solidarity with both the University’s and the city’s LGBT communities.’”
The LGBT Network is happy to arrange to meet individuals or groups elsewhere beforehand. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.