🏳️‍🌈’Kirklees Pride’ is coming to Huddersfield this weekend!🏳️‍🌈

The exhibition features portraits of people who were at the first non-London Pride march in 1981 and members of Huddersfield’s LGBQT+ community today

Kirklees will be hosting its very first Kirklees Pride celebration on 9th July 2022 and it’s set to be a day of fun activities, celebration and live entertainment.

This year, the main activities taking place will be on King Street and at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield Town Centre.

As well as rainbow flags, face-painting, and live music, there will also be a poetry and art workshop at the Lawrence Batley Theatre (LBT), and an evening performance of Pride in Kirklees showcasing live music and an uplifting session from Stephanie Hirst.

Stephanie’s ‘Believe Achieve’ event is designed to educate those who want to learn more about LGBTQ+ issues and motivate people to reach their potential in life.

Out + Loud are hosting their Queer Open Mic in the afternoon at the theatre from 2pm, and a brand new exhibition titled The Day the World came to Huddersfield will be opening on the day too!

Internationally-acclaimed photographer Ajamu X alongside Stephen M Hornby (commisioner of the exhibition and theatre piece) outside the Lawrence Batley Theatre

Speaking ahead of Kirklees Pride, Rain bar owner Gemma Priestley said “We are so pleased Huddersfield is finally getting a pride and we are excited to be hosting the after-party as well as putting on a show at the pride event.

“We have been working closely with the council and hopefully this is the start of a yearly pride event for the town.
The support for Rain over the past nearly 2 years has been heartwarming to see, we hope the only rain on 9th July is on King Street as we have a fantastic show planned for you like nothing seen before.”

Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:

Pride is about challenging the hate and prejudice faced by the LGBTQ+ community, celebrating our local LGBTQ+ culture, and amplifying their voices.

This year, we are proud to be hosting events which have been organised by the council’s LGBTQ+ employee network, and I want to give my heartfelt thanks to them for all their hard work and dedication in making this happen.

We want to see Kirklees Pride continue to grow across our towns and villages in the years to come and to see that led by our community.

Kirklees is Proud – and we make no apologies for showing it.”

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