Lancaster Pride is back again for its 6th year, and it starts this Sunday the 25th of June at 11am! The fantastic parade will once again be making its way to Lancaster city centre, with the main event then taking place at Dalton Square from 12pm until 6pm. From the turnout of the previous year’s pride events, it’s not one to be missed!
Why is Pride important?
Before finding out the main details of the event, it’s important to remember why Pride events take place each year and their significance. Pride gives us the perfect opportunity to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, remember the history it has overcome, and help us to promote equal opportunity, inclusion, and acceptance for everyone. Pride events have taken place for years and have a long history of activism dating back to notable events such as the Stonewall Riots in 1969 and continue to this day. Whilst it’s clear that society has come a long way since the 1960s, there’s still improvement to be made, as homophobia, transphobia and stereotyping continue to be issues. If you wish to find out more about the history of Pride click here.
Lancaster Pride events
The parade will travel along the one-way system of Lancaster. In fact, some of you who live in Lancaster town centre may actually be able to watch the parade from the windows of your student house! Once the parade has finished, the main event of Lancaster Pride at Dalton Square will be hosting a range of headliners such as Sam Fox, Ross Alexander, Smashby, Zoe and Sign Out Loud!
Hosting the main event, Dalton Square is great for those of you in town centre student accommodation as you’ll be nice and close to everything taking place. Plus it’s a large open area with seating available. To find out more and keep up to date with everything Lancaster Pride related, follow the Lancaster Pride Facebook page here.
Lancaster University Library is also hosting a range of different events to recognise Pride, including a presentation and art workshop, as well as a book display featuring LGBTQ+ books and authors. All students are welcome to browse, sit and read or take out any of the featured books. If you wish to recommend any books/authors for the library to feature, you can email in or pick up a ‘Pride Postcard’ from the library itself to fill in. The art produced in the Pride event will be displayed in the library stairwell from the 12th of June, so even if you live in off-campus accommodation in Lancaster city centre, it may be worth taking a trip up to the University library to check out the exhibition!
Lancaster University also run an LGBTQ+ forum open for all students to access should they wish. This forum has a variety of dedicated welfare officers who hold a ‘weekly welfare hour’ for students to visit should they need someone to talk to. There are also regular coffee evenings, bar takeovers and a range of awareness campaigns which provides a voice for LGBTQ+ and questioning students at Lancaster University.