York Pride has really left its mark on the city of York and county of North Yorkshire this year, raising awareness of LGBT issues both here in the UK and abroad. It’s been another busy year and also a successful year with our “Raise Your Rainbow” theme creating a great run up to the main event with county wide involvement.
Our aims and objectives are:
To promote equality and diversity for the public benefit and in particular the elimination of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity of those living in York and the surrounding areas in particular but not exclusively by:
1) raising awareness and educating the public about the issues and difficulties affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people;
2) cultivating a sentiment in favour of equality and diversity in particular through celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community; and
3) staging an annual LGBT festival and smaller events, including regular social events for the LGBT community in a safe environment throughout the year.
4) providing funding and or grants and or donations to other charitable and voluntary organisations which the trustees shall from time to time determine.
York Pride is a registered charity which aims to promote equality, diversity and advances in education, in order to eliminate discrimination against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community.
York Pride raises awareness of LGBT issues by promoting and staging events, taking part in campaigning and commentary in the media, and providing support to other LGBT charities and voluntary organisations. We also promote the provision of information, advice and support that celebrate LGBT lives and history. We aim for York to be a place where everybody knows that the diversity offered by the LGBT community is something to be celebrated and in which LGBT people can feel safe and accepted.
We believe that inclusiveness improves self-esteem and provides a sense of belonging, which helps to diminish the psychological effects of discrimination faced by individuals in daily life.
Our summer Pride event, which takes place within a Pride festival week, provides our main platform for a celebration of the diversity of the LGBT community in a context of entertainment, inclusivity and fun. The event is a focus for the visibility of the LGBT community in York and provides an opportunity to draw attention to important LGBT issues.
York Pride is operated by a small team of unpaid volunteers who are working hard to continue to improve Pride for the benefit of the LGBT and wider community. We depend upon sponsorship, donations from events, local businesses and supporters and the money we raise through our fundraising activities.
We are always keen to improve what we do and to be welcoming to all members of the community. If you have any comments or feedback or would like to get involved in any way, we would love to hear from you.
York Pride LGBT Community Pot
To help support other LGBT Organisation and Charities we have launched our very own Community Pot, this pot is available throughout the year and can be applied for here.