Burnley to host first Gay Pride festival

Burnley LGBT campaigners are urging residents and businesses to help them make history and celebrate diversity by launching the town's first ever Gay Pride festival.
Gay Pride event in BurnleyGay Pride event in Burnley
Gay Pride event in Burnley

Simon Clark and Taz Hyland, who run East Lancashire LGBT, are holding the first ever Burnley Pride this Bank Holiday Weekend.

The event starts on Friday at 10am on the top floor of Burnley Library with a community exhibition before the official opening party at Smackwater Jacks from 9pm.

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“We are so proud to be hosting the first ever East Lancashire Pride event, it’s been one of my dreams and now it’s reality,” said Mr Clark. “We really do hope that the community of Burnley comes out to show their support.

“Over the weekend we have various charities and businesses at the expo area and in the evenings we will have Pride parties at Smackwater Jacks and The Town Mouse. The event was organised in six weeks on a very limited budget. For those that would like to take part they can visit www.burnleypride.co.uk.”

Mr Hyland added: “We are hoping that with the support we have had from Smackwater Jacks and The Town Mouse, the event is celebrated by the community.

“With this being the first pride event in East Lancashire we wanted to keep it small and see what the reaction was from the community.”

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Gay Pride or LGBT Pride is the positive stance against discrimination and violence toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people to promote their self-affirmation, dignity, equality rights, increase their visibility as a social group, build community, and celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance. East Lancashire LGBT meets twice monthly in Burnley and Colne and the group arrange various events and attend other pride events around the North West.

For more information visit www.eastlancashirelgbt.com