Saturday, 8 March 2008

North East Pride

The last issue of OutNorthEast reported on the developments both with N-Pride - the new Pride event in Newcastle and plans for another 'Supergay' weekend in Middlesbrough. N-Pride announced a huge Street Party around Newcastle’s Gay Quarter on Saturday 12th July. They also announced plans for a main stage, Women’s tent, Market Place and Fun Fair rides. They also have a website up and running though it currently just consists of a countdown:

Meanwhile in Middlesbrough organisers have just announced the second year of events will take place between Thursday 11th September and Sunday 14th and are hoping to attract
more people, introducing Live Music, Comedy, Theatre and Film to the running order.

I wish all the organisers every success with this. It's really overdue but I'm guessing that's probably more down to the lack of commitment amongst the larger gay community rather than the people who have down taken on these projects, with all the work that's involved.

The only addition I would suggest is the kind of academic element that is so common in Pride events across the Atlantic (and btw in Brighton this year) - hold a half day/full day academic event as part of the pride festival in which north east academics can come together, share ideas, papers and get in touch with the activist base.

The msot recent issue of OutNorthEast can be viewed at:

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