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Union J confirmed

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Union J will headline Leicester Pride 2017 on Saturday 2nd September at Victoria Park.

The band have had four UK Top 10 singles since their appearance on X Factor and appeared in the summer blockbuster film Kick-Ass 2. They will perform all their hit singles including “You got it all” and “Carry you”.

The announcement follows recent news that Leicester Pride 2017 will go ahead following major funding from De Montfort University’s #DMULocal programme. More acts are expected to be announced in the coming weeks as the Leicester Pride committee works to confirm the full line up for this year’s event.

Leicester Pride is a registered charity that promotes and celebrates the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The festival is now in its 9th year under the current team and provides a variety of entertainment including live music, DJs, food and drink, market stalls and fairground rides.
The event begins with a colourful parade through the city centre of more than 2,000 people including representatives from the Leicestershire Constabulary, Leicestershire Fire & Rescue, Leicester City Football Club.

The festival site on Victoria Park opens at 12 noon and over 10,000 people are expected to attend. Acts from previous years include Sam Bailey, Lisa Lashes, Angie Brown and Blazing Squad.

For more information about the event and performances, visit www.leicesterpride.com or follow @leicesterpride on twitter.

2017 confirmed! DMU steps in with major funding

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Leicester Pride, one of the major cultural highlights in the city’s festival calendar, will go ahead this year after De Montfort University (DMU) stepped in with £10,000 of funding.

There had been major concerns that the annual festival, which celebrates and promotes the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in the city and county, would have to be cancelled for 2017 due to a lack of funds.

But Leicester Pride’s plight was spotted in the media by a DMU student who copied a link to university Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard. The #DMUlocal team, which uses the knowledge of academics and students to make a difference within the Leicester community, then stepped in and offered to help.

It means the annual procession through the city of around 2,000 people and subsequent celebration in Victoria Park, which attracts around 10,000 people, can now go ahead on Saturday 2 September.

Leicester Pride has been led by Martyn Parker and Craig Thorpe for the last eight years and they are delighted DMU has stepped in to save the day.

Martyn said: “We are all absolutely thrilled that De Montfort University has come to the rescue with this funding. We really could see no way this year’s event could have gone on without their generosity. The entire committee and, I’m sure, the LGBT community as a whole, will be so grateful.

“Leicester is such a diverse and cultured city, it would have been so sad if we had had to cancel Pride this year. It is going to be a very busy few months now as we have a lot to sort out, but everyone is up for the challenge and we promise to make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever.

“Once again from all the Leicester Pride Committee thank you De Montfort University and we look forward to seeing you all on September 2 at Victoria Park.”

Amy White, Deputy Head of Public Engagement for DMU, said: “A student saw the Leicester Mercury story on Twitter saying that the festival needed a sponsor or it could be cancelled and copied in the Vice-Chancellor who then let us know. We immediately wanted to help.

“DMU is all about inclusivity and celebrating people’s right to be who they are. Leicester Pride is a great event for the city and there’s a real sense of celebration. We’re happy to help and look forward to September!”

Leicester Pride is free to attend and celebrates equality and diversity in the community. It is a family event which includes a parade through the city followed by live music, DJs, food and drink and fairground rides in Victoria Park. The event takes place in September each year.

It has grown over the last eight years from a small gathering to a full scale festival now enjoyed by thousands of people.

In exchange for the £10,000 funding provided, DMU will receive sponsorship rights, as well as having a presence at the festival to showcase the community work undertaken by its students and academics through #DMUlocal.

DMU is proud of its work with the LGBT community and this year leapt 19 places to 39th in the annual Stonewall Top 100 Employers table.

The table shows the best performing public, private and third sector organisations in Stonewall’s annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff, which celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations in the UK to create an inclusive workplace.

DMU was well within the top 10 per cent of applicants for the first time – and was one of the best performing universities in the UK finishing above business giants such as HSBC and BP as well as The Army.

DMU staff’s LGBT group, called the LGBTQ and Allies Network, was also highly commended by Stonewall for the support it provides.

More than 430 employers submitted entries to Stonewall’s 2017 audit, putting DMU well within the top 10 per cent of applicants for the first time – and making it one of the best performing universities in the UK. DMU was the third highest placed university and finished above business giants such as HSBC and BP as well as The Army.

To find out more about #DMUlocal visit www.dmulocal.dmu.ac.uk

To see more on the Leicester Pride festival visit www.leicesterpride.com or visit their Facebook page Leicester Pride.

 

Liam Melvin Wolf run

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Liam Melvin, a Leicester local and long time supporter of Leicester Pride is competing in a Wolf run event to raise money for Leicester Pride. Please help him reach his target of £2,000 by visiting his gofundme page now.

Here is what Liam had to say:

Hi Everyone

My name is Liam, most of you would of seen me around
I’m currently doing a Wolf run on the 12th June 2016, and at the same time i would like to raise money for Leicester Pride.

For years this has been a bit part of my year, not to just celebrate with friends but also family. Leicester Pride does amazing thing each and every year and only work on donations, so i want to help, by asking for your help to raise money for such a wonderful event.

I will need the funds either before or just after the event and i will be putting photos on face of the event.

For those of you that don’t know what the Wolf run is its a obstical course spanning across 10 acres of land. It’s going to be chanlenging but its for a good course.

This will mean a great deal to me as want to give to pride, like they give to me and so many of us each and every year, and the people than run are only voulenteers.

I would like to that each and everyone of you that donates. And if you want to see me in action it will be Held at Stanford Hall Lutterworth LE17 6HD on Sunday 12th June 2016 and I’ll be running from 11.20am. There is onsite entertainment too.

For more information go to www.thewolfrun.com

Thanks guys in advance and i hope i reach the target.

The Masquerade Ball 2016

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LEICESTER PRIDE MASQUERADE BALL 2016
The City Rooms, Leicester
Sunday 28th August 2016
£40 inc. 3 course meal

The Leicester Pride Ball once again returns to The City Rooms, Leicester. ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ finalist La Voix and ‘The Voice UK’ finalist Vangelis will be headlining the evening with more acts to be announced.

For more information and/or ticket enquiries, please contact: prideball@leicesterpride.com

First DJ Acts Announced

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Leicester Pride is pleased to announce some of the DJ that will play at this years event. Leicester locals Rob Lambeth (Helsinki) and Robbie Lewis (Sloanes) will both be playing the dance tent and they will be joined by Richard Moon (The Village) and Simon Baker (Nightingale) from Birmingham.

We’re busy working on the line up for the main stage, market stalls and community stands. More information will be available soon.