City Council staff members will be stepping out in style this Saturday (27 July) to support Liverpool’s annual March with Pride.
The annual march is organised the LCR Pride Foundation and is a show of solidarity for Liverpool and Merseyside’s LGBTQ+ communities.
And this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever with a record-breaking 10,000 people expected to take to the streets.
Andi Herring and John Bird, Co-Founders of LCR Pride Foundation, added: “The unveiling of the rainbow steps in the city centre just ahead of the city’s annual ‘March with Pride’ and annual Pride festival is a brilliant way to start what promises to be a fantastic weekend. LCR Pride Foundation is committed to working with like-minded organisations across the city region to ensure that we achieve our vision of making the Liverpool City Region the most LGBTQ+ friendly in the UK and collaborating with partners like Liverpool City Council is key to this.”
Last year a delegation from Liverpool City Council joined the march for the first time. This year it is anticipated that more than 100 members of staff from all departments will take part.
City Council Careline Customer Advisor Jay O’Keeffe, who sits on the council’s Equality and Diversity panel added: “It’s amazing to be part of Pride in Liverpool and I am proud that the city council is taking such an active role in this year’s celebrations. I would urge as many people to come along on Saturday and support equality and diversity and Liverpool’s LGBT community.”
In preparation for the big day, pride flags have been flying from council buildings, including The Cunard and Town Hall, all week.
#TeamLCC consists of staff members from sports centres, Adult Services, Children and Young People’s Services, Housing Options, ICT and the Mayor’s Office and more.
Staff member Stefan Price, who works for Marketing Liverpool, and volunteers for the LCR Pride Foundation, said: “Pride in Liverpool is one of Europe’s largest free Pride festivals, with over 200 volunteers coming together to make sure that the city can shout loud and proud. We couldn’t put it without the support of partners across the city, including the city council. It’s great to have so many organisations doing their bit to help make Pride 2019 a great event.”
Pride in Liverpool has been designed to be as close as possible to the anniversary of the death of Michael Causer in 2008. Michael was just 18 years old when he suffered a brutal, homophobic attack in the city.
The official meeting point for the march is St George’s Hall Plateau at 10.30am on Saturday 27 July. The parade will begin at around 11.45am and take a route along Whitechapel, Lord Street, Victoria Street and Dale Street before finishing in Tithebarn Street – the official home of the Pride in Liverpool.
Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Peter Brennan said: “The flag is flying above the town hall and we are all looking forward to Saturday. In fact we can’t wait! Once again, Liverpool is going to be the place to be this weekend and we are ready to show the world that Liverpool stands up to prejudice and is all about equality and love.”
for full information on events taking place over Pride in Liverpool weekend, visit: https://lcrpride.co.uk