It was 50 years ago this year that the Stonewall riots took place which began a huge movement to campaign for the rights of the LGBT+ community, and this is how ‘Pride’ originally started.
Whilst we have come a long way from there, still today some members of the LGBT+ community suffer discrimination, exclusion and many are afraid just to be who they are. Often Pride is viewed as just a ‘party’, and yes partly it is a celebration of strength and unity, BUT it is also a vitally important event which offers support to LGBT+ youngsters, teens, adults, seniors, their families, their friends, employers, and so on. All within a safe place where everyone can feel welcomed, included and able to be who they are.
Pride events stand for inclusivity, visibility, having fun, and celebrating love and equality rather than fighting for it!
Our team came together to bring ‘Pride’ to Cumbria, and it has always been our aim to keep this event completely free of charge. As a committee we feel this is important for our community so that the positive messages of inclusion can reach as many people as possible. In order to do this though, we rely on as much support as possible from our local companies and organisations who like us value and respect our diverse community, and we thank each and every one for all your help. If you are reading this and feel able to help please get in touch. The Cumbria Pride committee also work very hard all year arranging various fundraising events, and also getting out and about promoting Cumbria Pride and the importance of Pride events.