Wigan Pride 2016
Published: 27 April 2016 Tags: lgbt, wigan, pride By John Walding
Wigan's first ever LGBT Pride event is to be held on August 13th 2016. It will celebrate diversity and the lives of local LGBT people in the Wigan borough. The event has been set up by BYOU, a Wigan based LGBT+ voice and engagement group for young people.
The young people have brought in local businesses’ and multi-agencies to make Wigan Pride 2016 a reality. Pride aims to bring the community together with live music, street entertainment and an array of stalls providing the town with information of local services accessible for inclusive support and advice in the Wigan borough.
The event has come about following the group's attendance at a number of regional Prides where they recognised that their own borough didn’t offer a Pride event.So the young people sent out invites to an initial meeting requesting partnership support, including representatives from Wigan Council, Local CLLRS, Clinical Commissioning Group, Public Health, Greater Manchester Police, Wigan Athletic community trust, Trust in Leigh, The Old Courts CIC, Wigan And Leigh Housing, 5 Borough Partnership, Wigan Wrightington and Leigh NHS, Unison, Unite, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and others.
The young people were originally inspired to campaign for a Pride event in Wigan by Sir Ian McKellen when they had the opportunity to meet the man himself during his visit to Wigan last summer. Sir Ian commented on hearing the news recently “I am excited that Wigan is to have its own Pride event. I only wish such things had been possible when I was a school boy at the Grammar School in the 1950s”.
More about Wigan Pride 2016
What: Wigan Pride will be a family/community event held in the centre of Wigan, a visibility and awareness raising opportunity of LGBT in Wigan Borough.
Where: Wigan Borough with an event being held in Wigan Town Centre
When: Event: Saturday 13th August lots of build-up and community publicity to take place building up to event.
There has recently been a, ‘Design an Emblem’ competition, young people from schools across the borough were invited to submit their ideas for the official Pride Emblem.The winner will be announced and publicity will be officially launched featuring the winning designs on IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia) on 17th May.
For more on all the latest developments in the run up to the big event check out the official Wigan Pride facebook page here.