FIRST SPONSOR REVEALED FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE 2018

Manchester Airport returns for a second year – and announces support for next three years

The first sponsor to throw its support behind the Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 has been
revealed.

Liverpool Pride Festival returns in July for its ninth consecutive year, and organisers are
delighted to announce the return of a big name organisation.

The region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBT+ will again take place across
two days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018.

The festival will be free to attend, and the location will be announced shortly.
Manchester Airport comes on-board for a second consecutive year to sponsor the
Liverpool Pride Festival 2018.

The UK’s third largest airport has signed up to be a sponsor for the next three years, and
will have its very own San Francisco Cabaret Stage and VIP Boston Bar at this year’s
Liverpool Pride.

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Patrick Alexander, Manchester Airport’s Head of Marketing, said: “We are delighted to be
back for a second year supporting Liverpool Pride and even more thrilled to be signed up for
three further years.

“We sponsor Pride festivals across the UK and look forward to returning to showcase the
great work undertaken by Manchester Airport, as many of our passengers come from
Merseyside. We’re looking forward to working closely with the Liverpool Pride team on what
I am sure will be a world class event.


Liverpool Pride Festival organisers are also delighted to announce that Radio City and DIVA
magazine are this year’s Media Partners.

Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a
record 8,000 people joined the march and over 50,000 festivalgoers enjoyed two days of
entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

Andi Herring, Co-Chair of Liverpool Pride said: “Last year’s Liverpool Pride Festival was truly
superb, but it wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support of our sponsors
and partners.

So we are delighted that Manchester Airport has returned for a second consecutive year.
Their input last year was fantastic in so many ways – plus we’re extremely excited and
encouraged that its has pledged to support the event for a further three years. This is a huge
boost for Liverpool Pride and our LGBT+ communities.


This year’s theme was announced recently as #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every
branch of the LGBT+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their
ethnicity, gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of
equality and diversity.

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 marks a decade since the death of murdered gay
teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008.

The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his
life and to empower the LGBT+ communities, and each year the festival coincides with the
anniversary of Michael’s death. The festival continues to remind the community to stand up
for LGBTQ+ culture and equality through a city-wide celebration where everyone is
welcome.

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of
events and performances to mark #Liverpool2018 – marking 10 years since the city was
named European Capital Of Culture 2008.

Keep up to date with Liverpool Pride’s new announcements at:
 
Facebook LiverpoolPride
Twitter @LiverpoolPride

Liverpool Pride Organisational Changes

Liverpool Pride would like to announce that after 5 incredible years, Lucy Day is stepping down as Chair of the charity.

In this time, Lucy has lead the charity through some very trying times, but also the highs of our most recent festivals at St. George's Quarter.

Due to personal reasons, Lucy is no longer able to act in the capacity of Chair, but will remain on the Board of Trustees as her passion for what Liverpool Pride and its continued work stands for remains as strong as ever.

Stepping into Lucy's undeniably successful shoes are Trustees Andi Herring and John Bird, who will work together as Co-Chairs moving into the 2018 festival and beyond.

Lucy reflected: “It has been an absolute honour to be Chair of Liverpool Pride for the last five years. I've had the pleasure of working with some amazing volunteers, organisations and partners from across the city and beyond. 

A huge thank you to everyone who has made this role so enjoyable and has supported Liverpool Pride over the years.

I'm delighted to be passing the mantle over to John and Andi who both bring a lot of experience and passion to the role.”

 Liverpool Pride Team with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool @ The Liverpool Echo Awards (L-R) Paddy Jones, Joan Burnett, Andi Herring, Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy, Michael Carey, Lucy Day, James Licence, John Bird)

Liverpool Pride Team with the Lord Mayor of Liverpool @ The Liverpool Echo Awards
(L-R) Paddy Jones, Joan Burnett, Andi Herring, Lord Mayor Malcolm Kennedy, Michael Carey, Lucy Day, James Licence, John Bird)

Andi has worked alongside Pride since 2015 when he was Chair of Stanley Street Quarter CIC, the group which brought in the rainbow adorned street signs within Liverpool's Gay Quarter, marking it as one of the first cities in the world to recognise their LGBT+ community in this way; before officially becoming a Trustee of the charity prior to 2017's festival.

Andi said: "Being part of both the highs and lows of organising such a large event has shown me how amazing our team of volunteers are. I am looking forward to being able to continue Lucy's great work in shaping this, as well as working with the Board to ensure Liverpool Pride can support the LGBT+ community all year round."

With a background in media, John hopes to bring his expertise to support Liverpool Pride tell its story as we look towards the 10th anniversary of Michael Causer's passing due to a homophobic hate crime this year, and 2019 being the 10th year of the current Liverpool Pride movement.

John commented: "It is very sad to see Lucy step down, she is an individual I have looked up to in my time at Liverpool Pride since 2016 when I first came on board as Volunteer Social Media Manager. However, I am excited to take on the challenge in starting a new chapter for Liverpool Pride alongside Andi, and Lucy, with the rest of the Board, have been very supportive regarding this transition."

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Liverpool Pride's 2018 festival is moving into its final stages of preparation, and we cannot wait to announce all that we have planned for #AllTogetherNow. We hope that you join us in supporting Andi & John, and the Board of Trustees, as they continue to drive Pride forward in our incredible city.

Keep an eye on all upcoming news at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk.

If you wish to contact Liverpool Prode, do not hesitate in contacting us at info@liverpoolpride.co.uk.

LIVERPOOL PRIDE ANNOUNCES DATE AND THEME FOR 2018

JULY RETURN FOR FREE FESTIVAL WITH THEME OF #ALLTOGETHERNOW

Organisers of the hugely popular Liverpool Pride Festival have announced that the free event will
return for its ninth consecutive year during the Summer of 2018.

The region’s established annual celebration of all things LGBTQ+ will again take place across two
days – Saturday 28 July and Sunday 29 July 2018. The location will be revealed soon.
Liverpool Pride has grown to become one of the city’s major annual events, last year a record 8000 people joined the march and over 50,000 enjoyed two days of entertainment to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.

The theme for 2018 has also now been revealed as #AllTogetherNow, which encompasses every
branch of the LGBTQ+ and wider communities coming together no matter what their ethnicity,
gender, sexuality, belief or however they define themselves in celebration of equality and diversity.

John Bird, Trustee of Liverpool Pride Charity said: “We're so excited to finally be releasing news of this year’s Liverpool Pride. 2018 is a momentous year for the city, and we wanted to add to that in the best way Pride possibly could. This year's theme can be interpreted in so many different ways; but mostly we see it as all our communities coming together in joint celebration of equality, diversity and visibly demonstrating that no matter what our gender, ethnicity, sexuality, faith or however a person identifies, we are #AllTogetherNow.

“2018, as well as being the 10 years since Liverpool was European Capital of Culture, also marks 10 years since Michael Causer, a 18 year old young man, tragically lost his life after being victim to a hate crime - we honour him now, as we do every year, as it was this tragedy that was the rallying call for the modern day Liverpool Pride movement. We have some big surprises in store for this year's event, so stay tuned!"

Liverpool Pride 2017, David Munn

The Liverpool Pride Festival 2018 will also mark 10 years since the death of murdered gay teenager Michael Causer, who tragically lost his life on 2 August 2008. The festival was specifically created in 2010 in Michael’s memory as a way to celebrate his life and to empower the LGBT communities, and each year the festival coincides with the anniversary of Michael’s death.

The festival continues to remind the community to stand up for LGBT culture and equality through a city-wide celebration where everyone is welcome.

As always, the Liverpool Pride March will play a major role in the weekend’s programme, bringing
the city to a halt in a poignant and joyous chance for everyone to get involved.

Full details will also be announced in the coming months about the community engagement events and specific programming and projects which are planned round the festival dates.

Liverpool Pride 2017, Solidarity

Liverpool Pride’s #AllTogetherNow theme will also complement a city-wide season of events and
performances to mark #Liverpool2018 - 10 years since European Capital Of Culture.

Keep up to date with Liverpool Pride’s new announcements at:
Website www.liverpoolpride.co.uk
Facebook LiverpoolPride
Twitter @LiverpoolPride