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Cumbria Pride was founded in 2009 to bring Pride to Cumbria! Starting with just a few attending the first event at Cumbria University, Cumbria Pride has grown each year with over 5000 attending the10th year anniversary event held in Carlisle Castle in 2019!

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11 October 1987 saw the second National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay rights. A whopping 500,000 marched, which generated huge momentum which lasted for about 4 months. This led to Psychologist, Author, and Gay Rights Leader Dr Robert Eichberg, along with American Lesbian and Gay Rights Activist Jean O’Leary, proposing the idea of creating a National day to celebrate coming out. The first National Coming Out Day was held in 1988 on the anniversary of this historic march, and by 1990 it was celebrated in all 50 American states. It has since been observed on 11 October each year, growing in popularity and participants, so much so that although originally a National day in America, it is now celebrated all around the World. It is a day to celebrate, and inspire others in coming out, and a day for awareness to support members of the LGBT+ community.

International Pronouns Day began in 2018, and takes place on the 3rd Wednesday of October each year, encouraging people to learn why pronouns matter. Referring to people by their correct pronouns is basic human dignity. Let’s all start introducing our names and our pronouns, and encourage others to share theirs too. Together we can normalise this practice.


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When a baby is born their sex is determined based on the appearance of their biological organs. This is recorded on their birth certificate, ‘male’ or ‘female’. Gender, however, is more about a person’s own individual thoughts and personality, ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’. A person’s gender does not always match their identified sex at birth, this is referred to as transgender.


In 2009 Erica Fields and Sharon Brackett created TransParent Day as a day to celebrate the love between transgender parents and their children, and by families with transgender children. The day is celebrated on the first Sunday in November each year, and can be used as an alternative (or as well as) Mother’s/Father’s Day.


Sadly, around the World, many trans people are killed just for being trans. Transgender Day of Remembrance was started in 1999 by Gwendolyn Ann Smith in memory of Rita Hester who was killed in 1998, and to honour all the other transgender people who had also tragically been killed that year. Now we pay our respect each year, by lighting a candle to honour those who have died that year on 20 November.

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