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York celebrates Pride Month

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Published Wednesday, 1 June 2022

During the month of June, City of York Council will be joining communities across the city to celebrate Pride Month and stand up for LGBTQ+ people in York.

This month, the city walls will be illuminated in the rainbow colours of Pride to represent diversity in the city and the rainbow flag will proudly be on display at the Mansion House.

The council will be supporting York Pride later this month too, as the event returns to the city for the first time since 2019.

City of York Council staff will be joining in the York Pride celebrations and the city-wide march on 18 June. The parade through the city will lead to a fantastic celebration on the Knavesmire, where council staff and partners will have stalls.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said:

Pride Month in York is a brilliant opportunity to further equality and diversity across the city.

“It’s been 50 years since the first Pride march in the UK, and whilst today we live in a society where LGBTQ+ people can live openly and free, we can’t take progress for granted. Pride Month is an timely moment for all leaders in York, from businesses to civic society, to take meaningful action to ensure we can live in a city where no one is discriminated because of who they are or who they love.

“I look forward to joining friends, colleagues and thousands of residents at the York Pride celebration later this month. The city’s thanks go to all volunteers of both the York Pride committee and York LGBT Forum for their tireless campaigning on behalf of the LGBT+ community.”

Councillor Keith Aspden, Leader of City of York Council, said:

I’m delighted that, once again, the city’s is showing its support for York Pride. Pride Month and the events taking place in the city will help us continue to raise awareness, celebrate our communities and encourage inclusiveness.”