City of Wolverhampton is to hold what is hoped will be the biggest ever Wolves Pride event to celebrate its community diversity.
The newly-formed Wolverhampton LGBT Alliance is hosting the event on Saturday, September 30, with support from City of Wolverhampton Council, University of Wolverhampton and Wolverhampton Homes.
It will take place from noon to 9pm on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter’s car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton’s Ambika Paul building.
William Power of E11EVEN Group, who has staged LGBT+ events across the country, will deliver the event.
It will feature a broad range of music, live entertainment and performers, as well as a fantastic range of street food, bars, information stands, merchandise stalls, and a family area with fun activities for the children.
City of Wolverhampton Council’s Member Champion for Equalities, Councillor Paula Brookfield, said: “We are delighted to be supporting what we hope will be the biggest Pride event the city has ever seen. The rich diversity of the City of Wolverhampton is a real strength and it is important we celebrate it through this event in the calendar. Not only does it raise awareness of LGBT+ equality messages – but it provides the platform for a great family day out in the city centre.”
Professor Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “As the ‘University of Opportunity’ we are always keen to work with our partners and neighbours for the betterment of the local community. We believe that by supporting Wolves Pride we can ensure that everyone enjoys a fun event, which also affirms the importance that the City and the University places on LGBT Equality. We are especially pleased that this event will fall within our Welcome to Wolves induction programme, and so it will be a unique opportunity to bring together students from across our campuses to celebrate the diversity of our community.”
Lesley Roberts, Wolverhampton Homes Chief Executive, said: “Wolverhampton Homes has supported Wolverhampton Pride since the first event five years ago and this year we are proud to support it as part of the newly formed Wolverhampton LGBT Alliance. Pride gives us a wonderful opportunity to show how organisations can work together to improve services to the LGBT+ community in Wolverhampton.”
William added: “Working alongside city partners we aim to bring over 3,000 people into the city centre to celebrate diversity and provide a great day out for all the family.”
The final event programme is being developed and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets are free if you book in advance and £2 on the day. To find out more visit skiddle.com/e/13027620.
Image caption: Wolves Pride 2016