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Schools will be leading this year’s York Pride Parade

Schools to Lead York Pride Parade on Saturday 8th June

Following months of national media coverage regarding LGBT+ inclusive relationship education in schools, teachers and students from 25 schools and colleges will lead the York Pride parade from York Minster to the Knavesmire on Saturday 8th June.

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Students from all the York state secondary schools, Selby, Tadcaster, Malton and Ryedale, several local independent schools and York College and Askham Bryan will congregate at the beginning of the Parade in order to celebrate LGBT equality and inclusivity. From 24 schools and colleges attending, over 1000 school children and teachers are expected participate in York Pride this year, following a historical 2017 when York Pride became the first Pride in the world to have all of its schools take part in the Parade.

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Greg Stephenson, Chair of York Pride said,“It is so fantastic to see the continuing support from schools for York Pride and the values it represents. As many will be aware, the last few months have seen a lot of controversial and inflammatory remarks made about teaching about LGBT issues in schools, and this kind of support from York and the surrounding areas is really touching to see. It shows that no matter what is put out on social media and in the tabloids, people from across all spectrums are committed to equality and diversity, and a proud to teach tolerance and acceptance.’

Julian Rudd, Vice-Chair of York Pride added, “For many of us involved with York Pride, we did not feel able to come out at school and it wasn’t an easy time for us. We have worked closely with local schools to make sure that LGBT students in York and surrounding towns feel supported. The participation of schools in the Pride parade helps show this very clearly.”

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Last year, York Pride had its most successful year to date. It is estimated that over 10,000 people attended the event throughout the course of the day, which wowed audiences with flourishes of rainbow and headline sets from Cleopatra and the iconic Cheeky Girls.

This year, York Pride will take place on Saturday 8th June. The Parade will begin at 11:45am from York Minster, and will culminate at The Knavesmire for an afternoon of live music, food, drink, and activities. The event will be headlined by Pop Idol alum Gareth Gates and 90s dance icon Rozalla, and there will be a full fairground for all ages. The event is free and is appropriate for both adults and children. For more information please visit yorkpride.org.uk

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