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Plymouth Pride 2022 Announcement

2022 marks ten years since Pride in Plymouth brought Pride Events back to the city. We began in Devonport Park in 2012, moved to the Hoe and recently have been massively affected first by the elements on the Hoe and then, of course, like everyone else by the Coronovirus Pandemic. Also, it’s been increasingly hard to include everyone who wants to be part of the day in the eight hour

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Where am I? Exhibition at The Box

In March 2021, The Box launched its first Culture Club programme, an initiative which had been devised to enable diverse communities to interrogate the collections held there. The first cohort of the group involved people who identify as LGBTQ+ and, in conjunction with Pride in Plymouth, the group met fortnightly across a virtual platform to identify and research elements of the collection which they found either interesting or challenging. This

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The Beat of Our Hearts

As part of LGBT+ History Month 2022, this new play – The Beat of Our Hearts is playing at the Northcott Theatre from the 3rd to 5th February. Written by our friend, Natalie McGrath, the play is an exploration of lonliness and belonging. We can’t wait to attend the afternoon performance on Sat 5th Feb and please look out for a special display of our community archive in the foyer

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Rainbow Connection Trail

With body and exercise in mind, the first on-line resource as part of LGBT History Month 2021 is the Rainbow Connections online trail. This virtual resource has been developed on the back of regular physical guided walks that took place before the covid 19 pandemic. The three-mile route runs from Stonehouse to the Barbican, stopping at 17 sites with a connection to LGBTQ+ people, events and stories. Find out about

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Pride Rewind Closing Q&A and Reflection

The closing of Pride Rewind 2020 with an explanation of the “empty chair” that is included at every Plymouth Pride Festival and reserved for our absent friends. This video also has a very special reflection from David Green remembering a particularly traumatic time in Plymouth’s history for the LGBTQ communities but with an eye to the future. After watching this video please take 2 minutes to quietly remember those we have lost and reflect on how far we have come in such a short time of only 25 years.


Flags Flying – Living with HIV – Poetry

Kevin Nash provided a Live Update from Plymouth Hoe where of course the sun was shining but unfortunately due to Covid-19 we couldn’t deliver the Pride Event that the City of Plymouth usually enjoy. However This didn’t stop Plymouth City Council flying a selection of ‘Pride Flags’ from the iconic flag poles. The Trans flag was flown centre stage from the flag pole on the Belvedere (wedding cake).

Kevin Kelland talks about living with HIV and shares some of his poems with us.

Jo Pine (Pride in Plymouth) reads two of her own poems.


Trans Rights & Pride, Creativity & Messages of Support

Not Alone Plymouth talk about Trans Rights and Trans Pride.
Duncan Mason (Pride in Plymouth) introducing the Patchwork Rainbow Flag.

Messages of Support from:
Tudor Evans (Leader of Plymouth City Council).
Prof Dan Maudlin Plymouth University Cornerstone.
Paul Blair (GWR)
Cllr Chris Penberthy Plymouth City Council
Personal Message from Wendy Evans
Luke Pollard MP for Plymouth Sutton & Devonport


Hate Crime Reporting

Message from Sgt Graham Little Plymouth Diversity Team Devon & Cornwall Police.
Mark Ayres talks about how Pride in Plymouth are able to act as third party reporting centre supporting members of the LGBT communities we can confidentially report the incident on your behalf and provide you with advice and support during the process.
Message from Graham Kirkup Police Crime Commissioners Office.


Messages of Support

Messages of support from Charles Courtenay 19th Earl of Devon explains how Pride in Plymouth has helped share the story of William the 3rd Viscount Courtenay ‘a gay earl’ who later in life was forced to live in ‘exile’.
Final Frontier – supporing LGBT+ characters in comics and the wider skyfi community.
Steve Stavham CEO St Lukes in Plymouth.
Lindsy Endean from the Mayflower 400 explains how important our connection with the city’s past can be in shaping our future.


Talk with Tony Davey from The Box

Dr Alan Butler talks to Tony Davey from The Box relating to the ‘Pride in Our Past Project’ that laid the foundation stones for the Plymouth LGBT Archive.
Alan then talks about the importance of getting our stories in the official public archives.


Introducing The Rainbow Connection

Dr Alan Butler introduces the ‘Rainbow Connection’ an exciting new project, being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and being brought about by a partnership between Cornerstone Praxis (University of Plymouth), Pride in Plymouth and Barnardos along with The Box, Plymouth and Devon & Cornwall Police, Babcock International and a number of schools in the city of Plymouth.


Pride Rewind Official Opening

Pride Rewind 2020 was officially opened by the The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth Councillor Chris Mavin and Councillor Sue Dann.
They then had a tour of the exhibition both the opening and Tour was live streamed as part of the Pride Rewind day on Saturday 8th August 2020.


Public Events Cancelled in Plymouth for 2020

Due to the Corona-virus situation, Plymouth’s 2020 events schedule has been rearranged and sadly we cannot responsibly bring you Plymouth Pride 2020 on the 8th August. Read the announcement from Plymouth City Council HERE This is very upsetting for the whole team, particularly after poor weather prevented Plymouth Pride 2019 from taking place last year. A date for Plymouth Pride 2021 has been confirmed and, where possible, plans will roll

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update from Pride Directors

In line with Government Guidelines we are cancelling social meetings and activities such as our bi-weekly coffee group eXpresso Yourself and the Make for Pride workshops. We will reschedule the ‘LGBTQ Mental Health workshop’ due to take place on Sat 18th April to a later date in the year. We will also delay the roll out of our LGBTQ literature project announced in February. As far as the main Summer

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Informal Mental Health Workshop

On Saturday 18th April 2020 we will be holding a one day informal workshop looking at the positive and negative impacts of being LGBTQ on our mental health. Let’s Talk About IT!


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Queer Heritage Walk Sat-15-Feb

Join Dr Alan Butler, co-ordinator for the Plymouth LGBT Archive community archive, for a cruise around some city centre and waterfront sites. Take a slightly different look at some places and spaces which had (and perhaps still have) great significance to the city’s lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender, and queer communities. The walk will depart at 1pm from Derry’s Clock (behind the Theatre Royal) on Saturday 15th February 2020. Share this…TwitterFacebookLinkedinTumblrStumbleUpon

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Plymouth’s Hidden LGBTQ History

A thought provoking talk by Dr Alan Butler exploring the rich life and histories from the Plymouth LGBTQ communities past and present. Dr Butler is one of the directors of Pride in Plymouth and also the curator of Plymouth’s LGBT community archive and exhibition as part of his Phd studies with Plymouth University. His PhD study, entitled “Performing LGBT Pride in Plymouth 1950–2012” arose as a direct result of the

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Pride in Our Past – Revival

Official Launch of the Plymouth Pride 2020 Programme Join us at our new home – Leadworks Warehouse, 170 Rendle Street on Saturday 1st February between midday and 4pm to see a revival of the Pride in Our Past Exhibition first shown in 2011. This will include new material collected since then, with aspects of the Lesbian Voices of Plymouth project. This will also provide a perfect opportunity for you to

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Queer Seas

Looking for LGBTQI people in maritime history. Come Along to See and hear about 300 years of queer history in the Royal and Merchant Navies.


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Scrambled Heads

Live Performance Celebrating Diversity in Youth Culture – Launching LGBT+ History Month Supported by the Plymouth Octopus Project ‘Street to Scene’ fund. Share this…TwitterFacebookLinkedinTumblrStumbleUpon

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January 2020

Official launch of 2020 Plymouth Pride Festival Programme. An event to mark 20th Anniversary of decriminalisation of homosexuality in the armed services.


February 2020

February is LGBT History Month we will present a revival of the Pride in Our Past Exhibition with new material. We will also launch a LGBTQ Literature Project.


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March 2020

Launch of ‘Make for Pride’ workshops to include parade costume, & decoration focusing on the 50th Anniversary of the first ‘Gay Rights marches’ held in 1970.


April 2020

In April 2020 we will be out recruiting volunteers for our main Pride Festival in August. We will also hold a one day workshop focusing on mental health.


May 2020

In May 2020 we will hold two Pride Festival Volunteer Training Sessions. The ‘Make for Pride’ workshops will continue at the Warehouse.