An online exhibition, celebrating Pride in Hull, launches this weekend.
The popular annual event, that sees tens of thousands of people gather in Hull City Centre to promote diversity and equality, is being celebrated with a new digital exhibition.
Pride in Our City will feature people’s pictures, stories, videos, and memories, as well as documenting individuals’ experiences of being part of the LGBT+ community.
Andy Train, co-vice chair of Pride in Hull, said: “This year, more than ever before, it’s vital that we stay connected with each other and are supported. This project is the start of a special relationship that will see more LGBT+ content in our local museums, history and treasure houses.
“For almost twenty years people have flocked to our award-winning annual celebration of LGBT+ life and have lots of happy memories and lovely experiences to share.”
The exhibition will be hosted by Hull Museums, working with both Pride in Hull and Yorkshire MESMAC
Craig Moody, Community Development Worker at Yorkshire MESMAC said: “This has been such an exciting project to work on, gathering people’s thoughts of why Pride is so important to our city.
“Getting to hear people’s memories of Pride and what makes it special to them, is a great reminder of the impact that Pride in Hull has on so many people. After all, what would Pride in Hull be without the fabulous people of Hull who support the event year in, year out.”
The launch of the online exhibition coincides with this year’s digital Pride in Hull event on Saturday 25 July.
Pride in Hull 2020 Home Edition will begin with a special treat from Back to Ours on Friday night – The Big Dolly Parton Pride at Home Show at 8pm on their Facebook page.
Then on Saturday, Pride in Hull’s Facebook page will include a host of surprises, with the Lord Mayor opening proceedings at 3pm, followed by performances from Lucy, last seen in State of the Arts production of RENT and on Pride’s stage last year, Husk, Sheila Diamond with songs from the divas, and Hull’s very own, Zara. There will also be a flag wave at 5pm.
BBC Radio Humberside’s Loren Fox takes over Pride in style until 10pm with a night filled with special guests and Pride anthems.
Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “For almost two decades, Pride in Hull has celebrated the LGBT+ community and developed into one of the country’s most prominent Pride events. The annual celebration brings out the best in our city, as well as reminding us of the challenges and injustices we still face.
“Unfortunately this year’s event, for obvious reasons, cannot take place in its familiar form, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate Pride in Hull and the LGBT+ community.
“This fantastic online exhibition will showcase one of the city’s most successful and much-loved events, as well as highlighting the importance of equality, inclusion and acceptance.”
Pride in Our City will be hosted on the revamped Humber Museums Partnership website from Saturday 25 July.
[Michael Berriman – Hull City Council]