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Vote - Liverpool Pride (Community Organisation Award - LGBT)
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Liverpool Pride is the Liverpool City Region’s yearly Pride celebrations for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
Though Liverpool had one of the first Pride events outside of London in the 1970s, it was the only big city in the country not to have a Pride festival in the capacity to other areas.
This changed in 2008 with the homophobic murder of 18 year old Michael Causer, and homophobia fuelled hate attack on a young off duty police officer in the city’s LGBTQ+ Quarter. A grassroots movement began and the Liverpool Pride festival known today was born.
The festival’s main focus, evident in the many community engagement events it participates in, curates and hosts, is to raise awareness and aid in the tackling of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; whilst engaging in the continued fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the country.
The festival has had a roller coaster ride during its 9 year history - facing controversy, site changes, and many more challenges that have culminated in one of the most successful free Pride festivals in the country with over 50,000 people in attendance in 2017.
Liverpool Pride continues to be at the forefront of challenging perceptions, opening dialogue and making statements.
Watch this space for 2018 and beyond.