Queer Arts Cabaret Stage

York Pride and QueerArts UK CIC have teamed up to make history in the City of York. This year on Saturday 3 June 2023, QueerArts UK CIC will be hosting a first-of-its-kind QueerArts stage at York Pride with sponsorship from local organisations across York.

The stage will champion local and homegrown LGBTQ+ talent from singing, dancing, drag, burlesque, stand-up and more. Headlining the stage, LGBTQ+ showstopper Beth McCarthy will be just one of many performers on a stage that will be showcasing York’s best queer talent.

Community drag performers The Family Shambles will be hosting the stage with sponsorship from Serendipity, a local counselling service in York. The stage will also include a performance from York’s LGBTQ+ choir Colours of the Rainbow.


“This is an exciting and historic moment for York. I’ve lived in the city since 2015 and I don’t think we’ve had anything quite like this, ever! York needs more spaces for LGBTQ+ people, especially ones that celebrate our creativity. A stage like this has never been more needed in York.”

Wayne Dawson, Founder and Director of QueerArts UK CIC 

“It’s great to be working with Wayne and the QueerArts UK team to be bringing a brand new stage to York Pride 2023! This stage, along with our Main Stage, Dance Tent and YO1 Radio Community Stage will make York Pride 2023 the most diverse and inclusive in terms of line-up, ensuring our Pride event has something for everyone throughout the day.

We have an abundance of local LGBT+ talent and we are pleased to be able to facilitate and financially support this new space at York Pride to celebrate and support local talent.”

Greg Stephenson, Managing Director of York Pride