Still Plenty of Pride
Some LGBT Pride festivals have bi presences already lined up. Here are some where you’re likely to find other people already waving the bi flag…
Sheffield Pride is under new management and on July 30th. Local group BiSocial will be along with a stall full of bi goodies. On the same day it’s Nottingham Pride which thriving local group BiTopia will be along at.
Liverpool Pride is also on July 30th. Their local group had a busy stall last year so check the stalls area out! The same day is Pride in Oldham and in Stockport which might mean the Manchester bis are a bit stretched.
Brighton is on the 5-7 August. Frustratingly for a lot of us that clashes with BiCon.
Cardiff Pride on 13th August – Bi Cymru/Wales are aiming to have a presence, see twitter.com/biwales
Manchester Pride is the weekend 26-29 August with the parade on 27th. See www.biphoria.org.uk for parade plans and there’s a bi info stall running on the 27th, 28th and 29th.
Bolton Pride starts on September 23rd, Bi Visibility Day, and they’re expecting to have a bi stall in the town centre as part of the programme. Events carry on all weekend.
Chester Pride is on October 1st with a bi stall lined up.
In the “is Pride a celebration or a protest” stakes there are still plenty of LGBT issues to campaign on.
Pride London saw a first-ever coalition of groups marching together under a banner of access to HIV prevention medication PrEP on the NHS. Terrence Higgins Trust, National AIDS Trust, GMFA, METRO, 56 Dean Street, Positive East, Positive 21, Positively UK, London Friend Counselling, Naz, King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Spectra, CliniQ, Barts Health NHS, HIV i-Base, and UK Community Advisory Board (UK-CAB) all appeared as one campaigning bloc.
The daily pill slashes the chance of contracting the virus and, alongside condom use, could have a major impact the epidemic among high-risk groups, including men who have sex with men and trans women.
However, after 18 months of delays and u-turns in the battle to see PrEP made available on the NHS to people at high risk of HIV, the NHS has now denied responsibility for funding the treatment.
Instead, it has launched a review and a pilot which will make PrEP available to just 500 men over two years.
Message for the masses
Ed Lord of research network BiUK spoke from the main stage of London’s LGBT+ Pride as Deputy Chair of Pride’s Community Advisory Board, representing bi people and communities.
This is what Ed said:
“It is twenty years since I first got involved in Pride in the capital.
And it was in that year, 1996, that bi and trans people were for the first time recognised in London Pride’s official title.
Twenty years on we are still here, out and proud.
Whether we identify as bi, queer, pan or in any other way, we stand here shoulder to shoulder with our LGBT+ siblings fighting against homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia.
That is what Pride is all about.
Have a great day everyone. Happy Pride.”
Pride Calendar II
Every LGBT Pride could do with a splash of pink, purple and blue. Maybe you could be the one to make it happen?
We don’t yet know of bi presences at these ones… But there’s still time!
Ones marked with a * have nearby bi groups who may be attending, so check the listings in the back of the magazine.
* Weston Super Mare – 30 July. www.wsmpride.com
Leeds – 7 August. www.leedspride.com
Plymouth – 13 August. prideinplymouth.org.uk
* Warrington – 13 August. facebook.com/warringtonpride2016
Doncaster – 20 August. www.doncasterpride.co.uk
* Glasgow – 20 Augustwww.pride.scot
Warwickshire (Leamington Spa) – 20 August. www.warwickshirepride.co.uk
* Walsall – 27 August. www.walsallpride.org
Herts (Hemel Hempstead) – 3 Sept. www.hertspride.co.uk
* Reading – 3 Sept. www.readingpride.co.uk
Cumbria (Carlisle) – 17 Sept. www.cumbriapride.org
Lincoln – 24 Sept. www.lincolnpride.co.uk