Birmingham Pride this weekend 2-3 June, 2012

Birmingham has turned a shade of pink (literally in Selfridges case) for the biggest events on the Birmingham Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community calendar, Birmingham PRIDE. Returning this weekend, Birmingham PRIDE brings together the LGBT community in the Gay Village for two days and nights of parades, cabaret, variety acts and A list performances from groups and DJ’s, in what promises to be the biggest and best show in the history of the event.

Traditionally scheduled last bank holiday in May, this years PRIDE has been moved to the first weekend in June to coincide with the Queens Diamond Jubilee, with organisers pulling out all the stops to ensure that this years celebration has a grandeur befitting a Queen.

Classing President Obama amongst its impressive list of celebrity supporters the theme for this years festivities is ‘It Gets Better’, in celebration of the message of the internationally acclaimed ‘It Gets Better Project’, which was created to deal with rising youth suicide rates due to sexuality.

The message is simple – to the youth of the LGBT community who are struggling with oppression due to their sexuality it gets better, and in time the struggles of today will be your inspiration for tomorrow.

With this in mind, Birmingham PRIDE encourages the LGBT community, along with family and friends to come together and celebrate unity, uniqueness, diversity, individuality and inclusivity, along with prevailing in the face of adversity.

Starting the festivities with the famous PRIDE parade, the procession will take to the streets of Birmingham starting from Victoria Square and heading into the heart of the Gay Village, where the party atmosphere will continue over the two days drawing in tens of thousands of revelers.

There will be a number of stages in the village offering a plethora of cabaret and variety acts, along with DJ’s and market stalls offering everything a festival goer could want.

The Nightingale main stage will play host to some of the biggest names attending the event including the UK’s best Madonna impersonator Melissa Totten, Radio One DJ Scott Mills, Judge Jules and the Saturdays.

This years’ event promises to be one of the biggest and brightest PRIDE festivals, setting the standard for other events across the UK. With record crowds predicted Birmingham PRIDE will bring together the LGBT community to celebrate life, love and individuality as only the second city can.

Can’t make it? Enjoy the images and tweets by following @BirminghamPride

Birmingham Gay Village
Tickets: £8 for entry to the music stages

Words: Lee Hall

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