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LGBT Foundation urges communities to stay safe this Manchester Pride

Published: 26 August 2020 Tags: By Emma Meehan

The Manchester Pride Festival is a key part of the annual LGBTQ+ calendar in Greater Manchester. In a world which often tells us there is something wrong with who we are and who we love, it has been a weekend of coming together as a community to celebrate our rich diversity.

Due to Covid-19 the Manchester Pride Gay Village Party and Manchester Pride Live at Mayfield Depot have been cancelled this year. Most of Greater Manchester, including Manchester city centre and the Gay Village, is currently under increased restrictions to reduce the risk of spreading the virus, following a spike in cases in the region. We’re encouraging everyone to stick to the rules this weekend. We all need to play our part to help limit the spread of coronavirus and protect ourselves, our friends, our families and our community.

We have to celebrate differently this year, but we will still celebrate. LGBT Foundation has put together a series of online events, activities and support to bring Pride into your home this weekend.

And if you’re struggling, we’ve extended our crisis support helpline hours to 9am-2am across the four-day weekend. If you need to speak to someone you can call us on 0345 3 30 30 30. We’re still here if you need us.

Pride doesn’t come from parades, concerts or partying. At its heart Pride is about strength, power and hope through unity, resilience and love. Nothing, not even coronavirus, can take away our pride.

We wish everyone a safe and happy Pride and look forward to the future when we can once again celebrate in person together.