The Armed Forces, including representatives from the British Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force, are set to join the York Pride Parade on Saturday 9th June.
This is the first time that representatives from any of the Armed Forces have been a part of York Pride. The British Army will also be having a stall at the Knavesmire where York Pride’s main event will commence following the Parade.
Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride, said, “We are delighted that the Armed Forces will be joining York Pride on 9th June and we are incredibly thankful for the support we have received from them so far. As a charity, we are committed to promoting LGBT+ inclusivity and fostering a supportive community spirit. We believe that having the Armed Forces marching in the parade symbolises the idea that as a society we should be supporting one another and advocating tolerance and not hate. It’s an incredible thing to see happen and is testament to just how much York Pride has grown over the last few years.”
Captain James Steel said, “It is an honour for me to represent the Army at the York Pride Parade. As a member of the Armed Forces, being able to fly the flag for our own LGBT+ community and the Army as a whole makes me immensely proud. It’s the first time the Services have been involved in this local Pride event, and I’m looking forward to marching alongside my colleagues from the Royal Navy and RAF.”
This year, York Pride will take place on Saturday 9th June. It will begin at approximately 11:45 am outside of the Minster, with the Parade setting off at around 12:00 pm. The main event on the Knavesmire will begin at 13:00 pm.
York Pride is free of charge and is appropriate for all, both adults and children. To find out more about York Pride click here.