UWE Bristol proud to sponsor Pride

Issue date: 20 June 2013

UWE Bristol is sponsoring Bristol Pride 2013, a week-long celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the South West, running from the 5 – 14 July.

The theme We Are: Proud is the chance for LGBT people, their friends, families and the whole of the South West to stand-up and declare they are proud of who they are and their loved ones. The events of the week are an exciting and varied mix of film, sport, talks, theatre and performance that will foreground and showcase LGBT performers, groups and causes.

An LGBT film festival will run at the Watershed in conjunction with Pout and will include screenings of Cal and I do – an award-winning film centering on the debate surrounding marriage equality – and a special screening of Mamma Mia at the Showcase Cinema De Lux on Monday 8 July, hosted by screenwriter Catherine Johnson.

A week of sports events and activities gets under way on Sunday 7 July as part of the Bristol Pride Community Games, while a conference at UWE Bristol will explore the experiences of LGBT young people on Wednesday 10 July.

UWE Bristol's Equality and Diversity Champion, Professor Ron Ritchie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement, said, “UWE Bristol's strong commitment to becoming an inclusive University must not be compromised in these challenging times. We believe that an inclusive University benefits all students and staff and we are proud of our diverse university community. I regard UWE Bristol's sponsorship of Pride as one of the important ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and promote UWE Bristol as an inclusive, accessible and welcoming learning community.”

UWE Bristol's strong commitment to LGBT equality has been reflected in its recent inclusion in the Stonewall Workplace Index, ranking 45th amongst the Stonewall Top 100 Employers. The University will also have a presence at the festival itself running a stall and providing volunteers.

Daryn Carter, organiser of Bristol Pride 2013, said, “We are very pleased to again have such overwhelming support from 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. This year we are pleased to be collaborating on a unique event during Pride Week, hosted by UWE, which will explore issues for LGBT young people which can only strengthen their standing as a University that truly values diversity and champions equality.”

Bristol Pride 2013 culminates in Pride Day, a one day, free festival of cultural music and arts taking place in Castle Park on Saturday 13 July. The event starts at 12pm and runs into the evening with Sophie Ellis-Bextor headlining on the main stage.

For more information please visit the Bristol Pride Website.

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