About Liverpool Pride

The Birth of Liverpool Pride

Liverpool Pride was set up in 2010 in response to the aftermath of the murder of young gay man Michael Causer in 2008.

The publication of Liverpool City Council’s Stormbreak report in 2006 had already detailed the difficulties that LGBT people were facing whilst living in Merseyside, with 59% of respondents detailing experiencing homophobic or trans*phobic crimes against themselves. The report also noted that funding of LGBT organisations within the city was very poor at that time.

After Michael’s death and a homophobic attack on an off-duty Policeman in the gay quarter in 2009, community activists organised a highly successful vigil on Stanley Street and a well-attended Anti-Homophobia March.

At the same time, Liverpool City Council set up the Liverpool LGBT Network who were tasked with conducting research to see what the LGBT communities felt would help better their position. Their first response was that they would like to see the reintroduction of a Pride event within the city, at that time the largest city in the UK not to have one, despite there having been earlier events in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

Liverpool Pride Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees for Liverpool Pride was set up, under the direction of the first Chair, Tommy McIlravey, the Chief Executive of Sahir House, Merseyside’s HIV support charity.

Liverpool City Council supported the festival through its City Safe campaign and other support came from local authorities including Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Mersey Travel, local housing associations and Union branches, as well as public donation and local business support from the Liverpool Gay Business Association members.

First Liverpool Pride

The Board appointed Orb events to organise the first Liverpool Pride event on 7th August, encompassing a March through the City Centre and entertainment stages on Dale Street/ Stanley Street, North St John Street and Exchange Flags and community events in the surrounding areas. The date was chosen to reflect the anniversary of Michael Causer’s death on 2 August. A smaller-scale day of celebrations followed the day after for Chill Out Sunday, when local arts organisations across the city opened their doors with events especially aimed at LGBT people.

The event was free to attend, and although the Board had made a conservative forecast of 7,000 to 10,000 people attending, the eventual official Police figures were that at least 21,000 attended. The day was a huge success and the modern day Liverpool Pride was born.

Current Board of Trustees and Volunteers

Trustees:

  • Joan Burnett
  • Lucy Day
  • Zoran Blackie
  • Paddy Jones
  • Andi Herring
  • Kim McCann

Volunteers:

  • Michael Carey, Partnership and Operations Manager.
  • James Licence, Volunteer & Fundraising Coordinator / March Manager / Concessions Manager.
  • Alan Wilkinson, Fundraiser, Pop-Up Shop Coordinator.

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