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Pride Re-Wind 2020

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Sat 8th August 2020

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:

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.