Organisers of Birmingham Pride have revealed the theme for this year’s festival, which will be the 20th Pride since the event was launched back in 1997.
The theme 'A Generation Of Pride' will be celebrating the pivotal, hard-fought achievements of the LGBT community over the last 20 years. These milestones include an equal age of consent, civil partnerships, the right to serve in the military, the right for trans people to legally change their gender, marriage for lesbian, gay and bisexual couples, and equal adoption rights for same-sex couples. The UK also enjoys the highest LGBT representation of any parliament in the world.
On a local level, the Pride 2016 theme also celebrates the development of Birmingham’s own gay scene into one of the most popular in the country. Starting off with just a handful of venues, the city’s Gay Village now features over 15 vibrant and diverse bars and clubs as well as one of the first LGBT health and wellbeing centres in England and Wales.
In addition, the theme marks the LGBT community’s journey as a generation, and also reflects on the extraordinary journey of Birmingham Pride itself. From its humble beginnings in 1997 when the event was staged outside the city’s Nightingale Club and attended by just a few thousand people, the festival has, more recently, evolved into one of the UK's leading LGBT gatherings, attracting over 50,000 visitors each year.
Festival Director, Lawrence Barton commented, "We're extremely excited about the preparations for this year's 20th Birmingham Pride event, and want to make it a celebration of all those local, national, and international achievements in LGBT equality through the last twenty years."
The action-packed festival kicks off this year with the annual Carnival Parade on Saturday 28 May, and organisers are expecting more entries than ever before, where they will all be encouraged to put their own interpretation of the Generation of Pride theme. The procession will make its way from the city centre to the heart of the Gay Village.
Over the two-days the event will feature a Main Stage, Dance Arena, Cabaret Marquee and Women’s Arena featuring over 100 artists and DJs. A host of community organisations, LGBT stalls and a funfair also feature in the festival’s entertainment programme.
Birmingham Pride 2016 takes place over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May, in and around the city’s Gay Village. Early Buy discounted tickets for Birmingham Pride are currently on sale now from www.birminghampride.com, but are selling out quickly.