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.
On Saturday 8th August 2020 Pride in Plymouth hosted a “virtual Pride Parade” at our home base at Leadworks studios down in Rendle Street, Plymouth. The day drew upon the history of the Pride march and the idea that Pride began as a protest where people were battling for their rights. That feels very timely at the moment in light of the Black Lives Matters movement etc. It gives people a chance to think up slogans and images that speak to who they are and how they feel at this moment in history and it gives us the opportunity to highlight the work of our Plymouth LGBT Archive project and the stories we’ve collected of people’s lives over the last 60+ years.
Throughout the day, we “beamed out” short live sections each hour along with prerecorded messages of support, highlighting the ongoing day to day work of Pride in Plymouth, themed around the six colours of the Pride flag:
- Red (Life)
- Orange (Healing)
- Yellow (Sunlight)
- Green (Nature)
- Blue (Serenity/Magic)
- Violet (Spirit)
We used these themes to talk about, for example, our work as a Third Party Reporting Centre for hate crime, our support of LGBT+ Asylum Seekers in the city and other projects of that nature.
Through the day we also shared messages and content from people talking about what Pride means to them and why it’s important to the city via our Facebook page.
The virtual event was officially opened by The The Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Plymouth Councillor Chris Mavin and Councillor Sue Dann. The day ended with a live Q&A with a small panel in the studio and a candle lighting service to remember absent friends and those that fought for the rights and freedoms we enjoy today.
You can see all the videos and supporting content from the links below: