Liverpool Pride is a weekend-long festival to celebrate LGBT culture held annually at the Pier Head and Gay Quarter in Liverpool City Centre, England. The event is held on the closest weekend to 2 August, in commemoration of the death of Michael Causer, the young gay man who was murdered in the city in 2008, and has grown to become one of the largest free Gay Pride festivals in Europe with 2013's audience numbers reaching up to 75,000 people.[1][2][3]

Liverpool Pride
Liverpool Pride Celebrations 2011.jpg
Liverpool Pride 2011 at the Pier Head
FrequencyAnnually in August
Location(s)Liverpool gay quarter, Pier Head
Years active10
WebsiteLiverpool Pride website

Liverpool Pride usually features a parade and march through the city centre on the Saturday plus a large open air festival, a number of stages, street stalls and street entertainment at the Pier Head. There is also the Liverpool Pride Fringe at the city's gay quarter itself. A ‘Chill Out Sunday’ usually follows which includes sports, arts and culture events across the city.[4]

Liverpool Pride is a registered charity run by a Board of Trustees with the stated aim of promoting equality and diversity, advancing education, and eliminating discrimination in relation to LGBT people across the six districts of Liverpool City Region: Halton, Knowsley, City of Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens and Wirral.[5]

Constitution and Core ValuesEdit

Liverpool Pride is a not-for-profit registered charity governed by Memorandum and Articles of association and a board of 8 volunteer trustees elected by its membership at the Annual General Meetings. Membership is free and is open to anyone regardless of their sexuality, gender or sexual/gender identity so long as they have volunteered for Liverpool Pride during the previous 18 months, are an elected or appointed member of the local LGBT Steering Group, or represent a registered charity, community group or Not-for-Profit that supports Liverpool Pride's objects. The organisation is funded through contributions made from its delivery partners, through advertising and sponsorship. It also receives a significant amount of ‘in-kind’ support from organisations, fundraisers and volunteers. All funds raised go to the delivery of the festival and any surplus made goes towards the development of the next festival. Liverpool Pride also helps to support charities that share its 4 core values which are: To be inclusive, to be visible, to be free and to have a strong Liverpool/Merseyside identity.[6][7][8][9] The current Trustee Board are: Lucy Day (Chair), Joan Burnett, Andi Herring, John Bird, Patrick Jones, James Licence, Kim McCann and Zoran Blackie.


Looking down Dale Street towards main stage at Liverpool Pride 2010

Up until 2010, Liverpool was the largest British city to not hold a Pride and it took many years of campaigning to establish a stable and lasting celebration in the city. The campaign took a significant turning point in 2008 when the newly formed Liverpool LGBT Network voted that establishing a permanent Pride in the city would be one of its key priorities."Link" (PDF). At the height of Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture it was felt that staging a successful festival to rival those of other large UK cities was a realistic and attainable goal. Later in the year, the movement began to gather pace and was bolstered by a renewed sense of urgency and determination following the high-profile homophobic murder of Michael Causer on the outskirts of the city.

A motion in support of Liverpool Pride was put before a full meeting of Liverpool City Council by Labour Councillor Nick Small on 28 January 2009, and was approved by 74 votes to 2.[10] The City Council stated that the festival would ‘celebrate the city’s diversity, be an opportunity to raise money for charitable causes and boost the city’s visitor and night time economies’"Link" (PDF)..

Liverpool Gay Quarter Pride, Stanley Street, 6 August 2011

The first official Pride was successfully held in the gay quarter in 2010, centered on Dale Street and Stanley Street,[11] however, in 2011 due to a funding shortfall the controversial decision was taken to relocate the main focus of the festival to the city's Pier Head.[12] Following this announcement, a public backlash ensued and sections of the local LGBT community planned to boycott the event.[13] In quick response to the anger and disappointment expressed by the community and in an attempt to salvage the situation, more than 30 businesses around Stanley Street (including the Liverpool Gay Village Business Association) rallied together in an unprecedented move and organised a complementary festival to take place in the gay district alongside the main event.[14]

Despite the overall festival proving successful in the end with visitor numbers doubling,[15] organisers came under heavy criticism from openly gay councillor Steve Radford and chair of the Village Business Association, who accused the Pride committee of "running itself aloof from the Gay Quarter and not listening to the needs of the gay community and local businesses." In an interview with Seen Magazine (a local LGBT publication), Liverpool Pride responded with claims that only a small number of local gay businesses had actually supported the event.[16]

By 2012, lessons had been learned and a much more coherent and unified approach was adopted. The Pride committee pledged that a presence would be maintained around the gay quarter thanks to a close working partnership with the Village Business Association, the collective that had organised Stanley Street Pride in 2011. Furthermore, a number of new people elected to Liverpool Pride's Board of Trustees had proven experience as organisers of the Stanley Street Pride the previous year, which meant dialogue between the local gay scene and the main Pride organisers would be much more constructive and free-flowing.[17][18]

Whilst Liverpool held its first "Official" Pride in 2010, it was not first ever in the city. Previous Prides have been held in 1979, 1990–1992, and in 1995.

Past FestivalsEdit

2013: "Superheroes"Edit

The theme for Liverpool Pride 2013 was ‘Superheroes’ voted for by 1,300 members of the public.[19] The day began with a march through the streets of Liverpool City Centre attended by more than 6000 people, and continued with stages and entertainment at the Pier Head and Gay Quarter. Overall audience figures for the festival reached a record 75,000.[20] Notable performers included:

It's Liverpool Pride Waterfront Stage - Pier Head[21]
  1. Lui P
  2. House of Suarez
  3. Adam Lyons + Dancers
  4. Doremi Fly + Dancers
  5. Kameelion
  6. Cast of Rent
  7. Click 22 + Dancers
  8. Sam Callahan
  9. Dance Dynamix
  10. Bradley Johnson
  11. Mark Armstrong DJ
  12. Tokyo Track
  13. Ukebox
  14. Jes Stretton
  15. Dance Dynamix
  16. Mila Falls
  17. Lemon + Dancers
  18. Jennifer Jewell + Dancers
  19. Killa Sista
  20. MiC Lowry
  21. Danny Latimer (DJ)
  22. Black Lace
  23. Thomas Teago + Dancers
  24. Baby D
  25. Amelia Lilly
Stanley St Quarter Stage - Stanley St[22]
  1. Danny Kay
  2. Masquerade
  3. Torrid Productions
  4. The Lisbon
  5. Karl William Lund
  6. Juice FM
  7. Lady Sean and Silk Tray
  8. Superstar Boudoir
  9. Craig Cavanagh
  10. Liam Halewood
  11. Pretty Girl Rock
  12. Pink Bar
  13. Emma Lousha
  14. Club Heaven
  15. Toni Nesbitt - Lady GaGa Tribute
  16. Boutique
  17. Navy Bar
  18. Rosalie Galvin
  19. Gaydio
  20. Special Guest
  21. Mark Armstrong - La Luna
Lomax Stage & Acoustic Stage - Stanley St Quarter[23]
  1. Fiona Clayton Band
  2. Sky High Symphony
  3. Einsteins
  4. Union Dolls
  5. Colonel Mustard & Dejon 5
  6. King Twit
  7. Stereo Electric Mistress
  8. Paper Jam
  9. Jimmy & the Revolvers
  10. Rowen Reid Band
  11. Amy Langton & the Exchange Band
  12. 69 Watts
  13. Ged Parker
  14. Sophie
  15. Angelica Watson
  16. Johny Stock
  17. Alistair the Clown
  18. Amy Langton
  19. Jessica West
  20. Rowen Reid
  21. In By Ones
  22. Bill Orrick

2012: "Nautical But Nice"Edit

The theme for Liverpool Pride 2012 was 'Nautical but Nice' and organisers described the event as the biggest, most ambitious and most diverse Prides ever developed in the city. Highlights included the annual Liverpool Pride March, stages at the Pier Head and gay quarter, an LGBT market, food and drink stalls, 2 for 1 tickets on Mersey Ferry cruises, open Zumba classes for all the family, and a Health and Wellbeing zone. For the first time ever in the UK, two Premier League football clubs (Liverpool and Everton) were represented in the Pride March. On Sunday 5 August, the Big Gay Brunch at Tate Liverpool and Gay Gardens at Bluecoat Chambers were held, as well as the Love Music Hate Homophobia event, the Liverpool Pride Film Festival and the Liverpool Pride arts and culture programme.[24] Audience figures reached a record 52,000.[25] Notable performers included:

It's Liverpool Pride Waterfront Stage - Pier Head[26]
  1. Dance Dynamix
  2. Marcus Collins
  3. Concrete Rose
  4. Rewind
  5. Dray
  6. Concept
  7. Liverpool LGBT Choir
  8. Sophie
  9. On The Line
  10. J Nay
  11. 2 Shoes
  12. MIC Lowery
  13. The Bon Bonz
  14. Katreena Heenan
  15. Sarah Whatmore
  16. Click 22
  17. Danny Latimer
  18. Forbidden Juice
  19. Tich
  20. Bradley Johnson
  21. Ny
  22. Clubtown Freaks
  23. Sam Clark
  24. Ste Cocky
  25. Future Kicks
  26. NVS
  27. Armstrong
  28. Jess Wright
  29. Thomas Teago
  30. Liz McClarnon
LCH Stanley St Quarter Stage - Stanley St[27]
  1. Masquerade Bar
  2. Rebecca Pierce
  3. The Lisbon
  4. Sophie Mcgee
  5. Ashleigh
  6. Lauren Cuddy
  7. Superstar Boudoir
  8. Carly Grimes
  9. Phil Maguire
  10. Craig Cavanagh
  11. Bar Wickid DJ Set
  12. Whitney Wideon
  13. Club Heaven DJ Set
  14. Eden Showers
  15. Gaydio
  16. Delleille
  17. Nikki Belle
  18. Navy Bar DJ Set
  19. Jem
  20. Chelcee Grimes
Eberle St Stage - Eberle St[28]
  1. Boudoir Boys
  2. Whitney Wide-On
  3. John Hooper & Andy Mac
  4. Mr X & Ant Chandler
  5. Dave Bennett, Carlton Hudson, Lauren Lo Sung
  6. Dave Booth, Les Calvert, Lil John

2011: "Summer of Love"Edit

The theme for Liverpool Pride 2011 was 'Summer of Love' and the festival was spread across two stages, a football area, over 50 market stalls, a health and wellbeing area and food outlets at the Pier Head, as well as additional celebrations in the gay quarter. It was attended by over 40,000 people.[29] Notable performers included:

Radio City Main Stage - Pier Head[30]
  1. Rowetta
  2. Alan Cross
  3. MD Productions
  4. Diva Bliss
  5. Zara
  6. Adam Lyons
  7. Sense of Sound
  8. Sh-bang
  9. Tameka
  10. Bears Aloud
  11. The Sundaes
  12. Andi Fraggs
  13. Sean Rumsey
  14. Britt Love
  15. Clubstars + Dance Dynamix
  16. Kym Mazelle
  17. Simeon La Mount
  18. Beauty
  19. Haus of Gaga
  20. House of Suarez
  21. Elouise
  22. Six D
  23. Chelcee Grimes
  24. FTW
  25. Gemma Irwin
  26. AJ
  27. Dance Dynamix
  28. Nikki Bell
Summer of Love Stage - Pier Head[31]
  1. Steve MacFarlane
  2. Baby Brave and the Love Bites
  3. Sophie Bellamy
  4. Jem
  5. Jo Bywater
  6. Shania
  7. Sam Kearney
  8. Caz and Brit
  9. Karl William Lund
  10. TJ and Murphy
  11. Rachael Kay
  12. RAW Theatre
  13. Jay Norton
  14. Lonesome Georginas
  15. Steve MacFarlane
  16. Together
  17. Alan Cross
  18. Cocabelle
  19. Oh My!
Liverpool Pride Fringe Stage – Stanley Street[32]
  1. Cabaret and DJs from Superstar Boudoir
  2. Philip McGuire
  3. Lisbon singer Anna Lee
  4. Aunty Marlene from The Masquerade
  5. Matt Martin
  6. Secrets, Nicky Nolan – Acoustic set
  7. Chelsea O’Connel covers/musicals
  8. DJs from Pink and Heaven bars
  9. Whitney Wideon's Drag Act
  10. Reform DJ Set from Mark Kelly
  11. Beauty
  12. Navy Bar DJ Andy Mac
  13. Juice FM Bazz Todd
  14. Alan Cross

2010: "Rainbow Circus"Edit

The theme for Liverpool Pride 2010 was 'Rainbow Circus' and featured over 18 hours of music, dance, cabaret and performances across three stages in and around Liverpool's gay quarter. It was attended by 21,000 people and showcased over 70 acts.[33] Notable performers included:

Main Stage - Dale Street[34]
  1. Dave Whelan
  2. Natasha Hamilton
  3. MD Productions (They Don't Really Care About Us)
  4. Tyler Mensah
  5. Doreen Kum Kwik's Glee Club with the Singing Hands & Hope and Harmony Choirs
  6. Rowetta with AJ Productions
  7. Cubstars
  8. Chelcee Grimes
  9. MD Productions (Lady Gaga)
  10. Beauty
  11. Rozalla
  12. Gemma O'Shea
  13. Almost Pink
  14. Queer as Talent's Jay Evans
  15. Queer as Talent's Craig Prendez
  16. House OF Suarez
  17. Adam Rickitt
  18. Nikki Belle with AJ Productions
  19. Liverpool Carnival Company & Republic of Swing
  20. Pride Remembers balloon release with Gerry Potter
  21. Carol Jiani
  22. Liverpool Drag Artist's Finale
  23. DJ Ian Longo
Cabaret Stage - Exchange Flags[35]
  1. Billy Hui
  2. Steve MacFarlane
  3. Danny Hilton
  4. Gerry Potter
  5. Belinda Scandal
  6. Valentino King
  7. Liverpool LGBT Choir
  8. The Great Zoltar
  9. Detox Cute and the Beauty Junkies
  10. Lavinia
  11. Sh-Bang
  12. Alan Cross
  13. Josephine
  14. Ian Roughley
  15. Little Miss Marty
  16. Emma Dears
  17. Steve MacFarlane
Acoustic Stage - North John Street[36]
  1. Reggae
  2. Peach
  3. Stealing Sheep
  4. Connie Lush
  5. Benjamin Stead
  6. Lonesome Georginas
  7. Ogo
  8. Jennifer John
  9. Will Maitland
  10. Jo Bywater
  11. Nix Nugent
  12. Hannah Trigwell
  13. Cocabelle
  14. Ian McNabb
  15. Sense of Sound

Liverpool Lesbian & Gay Pride in the 1990sEdit

After holding a one-off event in 1979, for many years the lesbian and gay community of Liverpool could not claim a home grown Pride of their own and instead opted to march annually in London in commemoration of the 1969 Stonewall uprisings.

However, between 1990-1992 various 'unofficial' community Pride festivals were held in the city thanks to an organised effort between the Liverpool Lesbian & Gay Action group, various arts bodies and local gay clubs.[37][38]

'Liverpool Lesbian & Gay Pride' as it was known then, was not in any way connected nor indeed related to the contemporary Pride festival, the main differences being that Liverpool Pride is now officially sponsored by public authorities, has a legal structure and framework, is a weekend event as opposed to week-long, and does not include references to 'Lesbian' and 'Gay' in its title through fear of alienating transgender people. Moreover, Pride in the early 90s tended to concentrate more on arts, exhibitions, culture, talks, workshops and function evenings, in contrast to the party on the scene/popstar on stage format as seen today. The events also had a strong political element and aimed to explore and challenge society's attitudes towards sexuality at that time. To put it into perspective, gay men still faced an unequal age of consent, the infamous Section 28 was still in existence, there would be no partnership or adoption rights for same sex couples for at least another decade whilst OutRage!, a UK based LGBT activist group, was just being formed.[39] Highlights of the festivals included discussions on women in the church, LGBT parenting and literature, support for gay and lesbian victims of sexual abuse and health awareness workshops. T-shirts and badges bearing the Pride logos were sold in local gay venues and at events themselves to help cover running costs (see brochure of events below).

The celebration took a brief break but returned in 1995 under the new name 'Mersey Pride', an attempt to create a more outdoor cabaret and stage type atmosphere around Pownall Square, chosen for its close proximity to The Brunswick and Time Out, two popular gay frequented pubs of the day. The occasion was modestly successful as a political statement and was attended by some 1200 revellers from across North West England, albeit attracting noticeable protests from the Christian right.[40]

In many ways, Liverpool Lesbian & Gay Pride of the early 90s paved the way for Homotopia, the city's modern day gay arts festival launched some 12 years later, in the sense that Homotopia took on a similar formula.[41] The Mersey Pride of 1995, however, bore a stronger resemblance to the present day festivities at the Pier Head and Gay Quarter in spite of being significantly smaller and much less mainstream.

Liverpool Gay Pride 1979Edit

The first recorded Liverpool Pride commenced on 22 June 1979 and consisted of a week long celebration in remembrance of the New York Stonewall riots, which took place in the June some ten years earlier. The Liverpool event can legitimately claim to be one of the earliest known Prides to ever take place in the United Kingdom, the oldest being a march of 700 people through central London in 1972.[42][43]


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