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Take a seat with ‘Council on the Couch’ at Pride

Published Friday, 17 June 2022

The council is delighted to invite residents to join senior staff at the brand new ‘Council on the Couch’ sessions at the first York Pride celebration since the pandemic.

On Saturday 18 June, council staff, councillors, schools and volunteers will join the Pride Parade from York Minster to the Knavesmire. At the Pride Festival on the Knavesmire, they’ll be amongst the many organisations from across the city who will have stands and providing activities and entertainments,

Festival goers are invited to share five minutes with ‘Council on the Couch’. Any issues and insights raised will be noted and followed up.

Information will also be available from our iTravel stand and will be distributed by members of our Adoption team.

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

The first Pride parade and festival to be held after the pandemic promises be a significant and joyful occasion.

“We look forward to marching and partying shoulder to shoulder with thousands of residents, families and groups who are standing up for equality and diversity.

“Besides having lots of fun, it’s a time when we can all raise awareness, celebrate our communities and encourage inclusivity as part of Pride Month.”

Howard Lovelady, Head of One Adoption North and Humber, said:

All people who adopt are unique and valued. At One Adoption North and Humber we understand that families come in all shapes and sizes: what’s most important is the love and security you can offer a child.

“We are proud that 1 in 6 of our adoptive parents are LGBT+ and we welcome adopters of all backgrounds and sexuality, both couples and single people. We’re proud to be part of the York Pride parade and look forward to meeting some of our wonderful families on Saturday.”