UWE Bristol celebrates seven years of sponsoring Bristol Pride

Issue date: 01 July 2016

For the seventh year running, UWE Bristol is proud to be sponsoring Bristol Pride 2016, a week-long celebration of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities across the South West, running from the 1 to 10 July 2016.

As part of Bristol Pride day on Saturday 9 July, UWE Bristol will be taking part in the Pride Parade and will be one of six main sponsors and the Community Area Partner for Bristol Pride. UWE Bristol is proud to celebrate and promote diversity, by sponsoring Bristol Pride, standing together united with our LGBT+ staff and students and with the wider community. There will be a diverse range of events taking place including music, comedy night, dance, theatre and the return of the Pride Dog Show, and much more.

Daryn Carter, organiser of Bristol Pride 2016, said, “We are excited to again be working with UWE Bristol. Their support to Bristol Pride not only helps make our Community Area on Pride Day happen but showcases their commitment to diversity and equality. Showcasing this support and celebrating Pride also shows the support and commitment that the University has for staff, students and Bristol.”

With around 30,000 students and 3,500 staff, UWE Bristol embraces diversity, nurtures talent and encourages ambition. The University will have a presence at the festival on Pride Day on Saturday 9 July, come along to the UWE Bristol stall to talk to staff and find out more about studying and working at the University. Volunteers will also be giving out Pride-themed slices of cake, inclusivity badges, and other items.

Tracy Willis, VCAB Diversity Champion for LGBT+, at UWE Bristol, said, “At a time when the world has been shaken by recent events in Orlando, UWE Bristol continues to work towards a fair, unbiased and just society for all. Sponsoring Bristol Pride is one of many ways we seek to encourage, inspire and support inclusivity. We are firmly committed to equality and diversity in education, employment and the community at large and our presence at Bristol Pride helps reaffirm and celebrate this commitment.”

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 event also features local food and market zones, onsite bars, community area, cabaret stage and an expanded family area, along with At-Bristol, games, science exploration and a Dance Performance Stage.

This year the event will be held within a new larger venue taking over both Bristol's Lloyds Amphitheatre and At-Bristol's Millennium Square, situated on the waterfront. The festival will feature a series of events showcasing and celebrating LGBT+ culture and community. 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.

Pride Day, is a one day festival of cultural music and arts, with Pride Parade gathering at Castle Park from 10:00 and departing at 11:00. The main event runs from 11:00 until into the evening with Lisa Stansfield headlining on the main stage.

For more information please visit the Bristol Pride website

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