Bristol Finally Shows its Pride

Pride is a celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Unifying and inclusive events, Pride festivals run like a Mexican wave across the globe. Over 1 million people visited Pride London in 2009 and in 2010, Bristol finally shows its Pride.

Pride Bristol 2010 is a week of diverse and exciting events scheduled for 14 – 22 Aug 2010. The Pride Week will feature a LGBT film festival, club nights, talks, performance and community events. The highlight of Pride Bristol 2010 is Pride Day on the Saturday – a large free festival held in Castle Park in the heart of Bristol.

2010 has seen greater progress than ever before with the organisation of a Pride big and bold enough to accurately reflect the region’s large LGBT community and the buzzing city of Bristol. Recognising the need and demand for a Pride, Bristol City Council is fully supportive of the event.

An estimated 40,000 LGBT people live and work in Bristol, making it one of the largest urban LGBT populations in the UK. This population forms an important part of the city’s culture and economy and should not be overlooked. LGBT people have a higher than average disposable income and are renowned for their loyalty to companies and organisations which support them.

Pride Bristol 2010 is organised by a team of LGBT business and community stakeholders, and includes representatives from Bristol City Council and Avon & Somerset Police. Themed ‘Celebrating Diversity, Championing Equality’, Pride Bristol 2010 will raise awareness of the contribution LGBT people make to the city, promote tolerance, showcase LGBT talent, engage and build links with non-LGBT people, and celebrate the significant progress towards acceptance and understanding made by the people of the South West.

Pride Director, Dr Anna Rutherford said “Bristol is a vibrant and wonderful city, with a real appreciation of diversity. However, despite its large LGBT population, Bristol has to date been one of the few large cities to lack a Pride festival. This year, a professional and passionate team have become the beating heart of Pride Bristol. Together we are working round the clock to develop a Pride to be Proud of, for 2010 and years to come. Pride is for everyone and benefits cities both socially and financially. We appeal for volunteers and businesses to contact us and help create the Pride that Bristol deserves.”

To kick fund-raising off for the events planned later this year, a launch evening is being held at The Champagne Bar, Goldbrick House in Park Street, Bristol on Thursday 1st April.

A glass of prosecco will greet guests upon arrival and the night will also feature special guest DJs.

This informal occasion is ideal for those wanting to socialise in style. It’s also the perfect opportunity to meet the Pride team, chat to the directors about the latest plans for Pride Bristol and work out how best to get involved.

Tickets are extremely limited for this special occasion and can be purchased on the Pride Bristol Website. They are priced at £6 which includes a free glass of bubbly, and raffle entry. All proceeds go towards funding Pride Bristol 2010.