Thousands of people are set to flock to Northwood Park in Stoke-on-Trent this weekend (Saturday 4 August) for the popular Stoke Pride event.
Organised by the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community for the community as a whole, the celebration also aims to raise awareness of LGBT issues.
Entertainment will include local singers, bands and dancers, plus a funfair and community and market stalls, bars and food stalls.
The event will be opened by city councillor Mark Meredith, cabinet member for economic development, culture and sport. He said: “We’re proud to be one of the event’s sponsors again this year, and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in getting Pride 2012 off the ground.
“As an openly gay politician, I’m excited and deeply honoured to be asked to speak at Pride, which takes place in my own electoral ward. Many other councillors from across the city will be lending their support.
“Pride is about our community having fun and enjoying ourselves, as well as reaching out to other communities around the city and celebrating our diversity. It’s also about fighting for our equality and acceptance - not just in this city but in this country, and in others around the world where oppression and persecution are still rife.
“We still have a long way to go to combat homophobia, which is why LGBT Staffordshire and other charitable organisations such a Stonewall still have such an important role to play in supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.”