EASTLEIGH PRIDE 2019 PRESS RELEASE
We are really pleased to announce that Eastleigh Pride will return for 2019! Our date for the event to return is Saturday 7th September. After the huge response and sheer amount of people who attended the event in 2018, we really feel that there is a huge desire to bring it back this year, and hopefully even bigger! There was a real sense of community in the atmosphere on the day of Eastleigh Pride 2018, the amount of love and acceptance was absolutely outstanding. We have begun working hard to make sure that we create the same family friendly atmosphere for 2019, with more glitz and glam!
Our aim is to help celebrate the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community and to educate all on the struggles that have been faced in the past and those that are still faced today. We will be welcoming all communities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and how far the community has already come. Even though acceptance of the community has grown drastically, we would like to educate how much further we need to go to make sure that everyone is accepted and feels safe for who they are.
We are moving into our second year of establishing Eastleigh Pride to become a sustainable and growing event over time to serve better the needs of Eastleigh’s LGBTQ+ community. Bringing you a fantastic line up of acts to entertain the crowds, a strong line up of stalls holders who will be promoting themselves and showing their support to the LGBTQ+ community – including organisations and services who support the LGBTQ+ community on a daily basis and lots more!
Eastleigh Pride will be on Leigh Road Recreational Ground on Saturday 7th September from 11am until 5pm. After the main event finishes, venues throughout Eastleigh Town Centre will come alive with their own mini after parties, so the celebration doesn’t end when the main event finishes.
Why do we need a Pride we hear you asking?
- Pride needs to be a place for everyone. It’s an important time for us to show our support for equality and acceptance for all LGBT people.
- There are currently 70 countries that criminalise same-sex relations
- Gay marriage is now legal in only 26 countries worldwide
- We have not achieved equality until every LGBT person, of every colour and background, is able to enjoy equality within our community and outside of it.
- Of 1,151 LGBT people polled by the Trades Union Congress, 68% said they had experienced harassment, with 42% saying colleagues had made unwanted comments about their sex life.
- According to the survey, of the 68% who said they had experienced sexual harassment, 66% did not tell their employer, sometimes because they were afraid of being “outed” at work.
- We still need Pride events all across the country, because all across this country the LGBTQ+ community are still not safe. So, until every LGBTQ person has a safe home, have a well-paying job that respects them, and until they are all afforded the basic legal dignities that everyone else enjoys: We’ll continue to celebrate PRIDE every year.