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Bristol Pride Week

Pride isn’t just about the parade and the inevitable parties, there’s a varied and interesting line up of events planned throughout the week leading upto the big day on Saturday.

Monday 8th July

BYlaw Seminar: Equality and Diversity in the Professions

BYlaw is delighted to announce that the following guests at the offices of law firm, TLT LLP (One Redcliff Street, Bristol BS1 6TP):

Tim Hailes (Managing Director and Associate General Counsel of JP Morgan Chase)
His Honour Judge Roger Harper and
Lucy Scott-Moncrieff (President of The Law Society).

Ben Tarrant (TLT LLP and Vice-President of Bristol Law Society) will be chairing a Panel discussion, providing us all with an opportunity to share our thoughts and views.

The seminar, which is free for all who would like to attend, will start at 6.30pm, with an opportunity for networking from 6pm. There will be drinks and canapés and a further opportunity to network afterwards or you may wish to head over to the Pride screening of Mamma Mia in Cabot Circus which starts at 8:30pm.

To book your place on what promises to be a lively and stimulating evening, send an email to events@bylaw.org.uk or visit their website, click the event and then the “Book” button.

Mamma Mia – Showcase Cinema de Lux

We’re bringing Mamma Mia! back to the big screen in the prestigious Showcase Cinema de Lux. Adapted from the hit West End and Broadway production based on the songs of super group ABBA, Mamma Mia is still the highest grossing musical film worldwide.

Filled with stunning scenery, playful story and Pierce Brosnan singing (sorry) we’re throwing usual cinema etiquette to the wind as we actively encourage you to sing along – we’ll all be joining in too (once again sorry!).

Not only is it the chance to come along and enjoy this award winning film but you’ll get the chance to say thank you for the music to Pride supporter and screen play writer Catherine Johnson who will be joining us for the evening.

Tuesday 9th July

Film: I Do – Watershed | 8pm

Award winning film stepping into the heart of the marriage equality debate.

In New York a gay Brit loses his immigration status and marries his best friend to stay in the country. When his lover is forced to leave the country he has a very tough decision to make. Marriage equality and immigration rights are explored in this award winning film.

Sponsored by ByLaw the LGBT lawyers Network join them for a Q&A on Marriage Equality and to find out more about ByLaw on the night.

Wednesday 10th July

UWE Conference – UWE Bristol Frechay Campus | 10am

UWE Bristol and Bristol Pride welcome teachers and school staff to join us for a free one-day conference on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth experiences. This event will support your personal, social and health education (PSHE) teaching at Key Stage 3 and 4.

Teaching about sexual orientation and diversity can be challenging. This day will give you access to the latest research to support your teaching practice.

The day will focus on issues such as:
The changing experience of LGBT youth
LGBT families (including fostering/adoption)
Same-sex relationships & domestic violence
Faith and LGBT youth

Professor Eric Anderson, University of Winchester, whose research on sexualities and masculine identities shows an increasingly positive relationship between gay male athletes and sport – and that conceptions of masculinity are becoming more inclusive.

Book your place on this exciting conference here

Comedy Night – The Lanes | 7:30pm

Suzi Ruffell
Starting her career at just 23 and already a Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee and Latitude New Act of the Year finalist, Suzi’s debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival was hotly anticipated and received rave reviews.

Lara A King
Talented singer/songwriter Lara combines sharp humour, uplifting melodies and very clever silliness to hilariously observe the baffling absurdities of life. Winner of the Funny Women Award Lara has toured with Rhona Cameron, Sue Perkins and cabaret divas Fascinating Aida.

David Morgan
Our host for the evening and making a welcome return to Bristol Pride, David started performing stand-up at Leicester University. Now a regular at Edinburgh Fringe and undoubtedly will be giving some teasers from upcoming Uderbelly show ‘Pretty’.

Lee Peart
Manchester based Lee combines witticisms and anecdotal humour with camp charisma and charm. His ability to find humour in the mundane makes him a likeable comedian to all.

Plus performance from ‘boy’ band Backdoor Boyz.

Thursday 11th July

The Black Issue – The Cube Microplex | 7:30pm

Special performances followed by a screening of Paris Is Burning.

A Chronicle of New Yorks drag scene in the 1980s focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. The people, the clothes, and the whole environment were as outlandish as this night promises to be.

Featuring performances from

Harold Offeh
Cheap Glam
and compared by Tom Marshman

Hosted at The Cube a fantastic microplex cinema and arts venue just left of Kings Square (off Jamaica Street)

Friday 12th July

King Richard III – The Arnolfini | 7:30pm

We proudly team up with The Bristol Shakespeare Festival to bring you this ground breaking reworking of Richard III. The plight of Laurie, who wishes to become Laurence, is explored in a wholly new way in Terri Power’s compelling black comedy.

Drag King Richard III Makes its way through laughter, tears, trauma and friendship whilst laying open the taboo of the transgender person with stunning affect. Featuring prize dialogue from Shakespeare blended with a contemporary narrative provides enlightening insights while finding humor in a powerful drama.