For the sixth year running, UWE Bristol is sponsoring Bristol Pride 2015, a week-long celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the South West.
Running from the 3 – 12 July 2015, The University will also be the Community Area Partner for Bristol Pride Day on Saturday 11 July.
Bristol Pride 2015 promises to be a very special event this year as they work towards supporting EU Green Capital and celebrate being the first ever UK Green Capital Pride. A number of initiatives and events are planned to celebrate being Proud and Green including making Pride Day a generator free festival. Last year over 30,000 people attended Bristol Pride and they remain the largest free Pride Festival in the UK and a bold celebration of the whole LGBT community.
The week-long festival runs from the 3-12 July and will see a diverse range of events take place all over Bristol including a comedy night, theatre with curated performances, LGBT history night and following the success last year, the return of the Pride dog show. The week is also home to the Bristol Pride Film Festival featuring a week of specially selected and award winning LGBT films hosted at the Watershed.
Tracy Willis, VCAB Diversity Champion for LGBT, at UWE Bristol, said, “UWE Bristol is committed to providing a positive experience for all and we are pleased to sponsor Pride for the sixth occasion as part of our unwavering focus on equality and diversity. We recognise that being truly inclusive benefits our students, our staff and everyone we engage with locally, nationally and internationally. We are proud of our diversity and of the accessible, inclusive and welcoming learning community we continue to create. Pride is one of the ways we demonstrate and celebrate this.”
UWE Bristol’s strong commitment to LGBT equality has been recognised in this year’s Top 100 annual Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, named number one University for the first time in the rankings. Out of the hundreds of employers surveyed, UWE Bristol also climbed 24 places to 11th spot from 35th position in 2014. The University will also have a presence at the festival itself running a stall and providing volunteers.
Daryn Carter, organiser of Bristol Pride 2015, said, “We are very pleased to again have such overwhelming support for UWE Bristol, both in terms of financial support for Pride but also in helping raise awareness of our events and activities amongst students, staff and Bristol as a whole. UWE Bristol has been a great partner to Pride and has supported our activities since Pride returned to the city in 2010.”
Pride Day, a one day, free festival of cultural music and arts takes place in Castle Park on Saturday 11 July. The event starts from lunchtime and runs into the evening with 90’s sensation, Heather Small headlining on the main stage.
For more information please visit the Bristol Pride Website