Hold Hands with Pride will be the theme of York Pride 2017, the charity has announced. Supporting York Pride’s continuing Raise Your Rainbow ethos, the theme intends to shed light on the difficulty LGBT individuals face when deciding whether they feel comfortable enough to hold their partner’s hand in public.

Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride, said: “The theme takes a very small, intimate part of people’s lives and uses it to illuminate the broader issues that LGBT individuals face. Holding your partner’s hand in public should be second nature, and everyone should feel comfortable when doing so. However, for LGBT individuals this is not always the case. Same-sex couples often get stared at, commented upon, or laughed at when showing this affection in public, and this has a range of consequences from upset, anxiety, and shyness.’

The flash-mob style event held at Cliffords tower was aimed at reinforcing the theme of this year’s York Pride march on Saturday June 10, ‘ ‘Hold Hands with Pride.’