University of Leicester flies the flag for Leicester Pride

Posted by pt91 at Aug 28, 2018 04:39 PM |
‘Takeover’ on campus for City’s festival celebrating LGBT+ community

Issued by University of Leicester on 28 August 2018

Photo/interview opps, Saturday 1 September, 12noon – 5pm at the LGBT Centre: Media can interview senior representatives of the University’s LGBT+ staff and student groups. Please make yourself known to a staff member on the day.

Leicester Pride will receive a warm welcome from the University of Leicester this year as it flies the rainbow flag for the city’s annual celebration of the LGBT+ community.

Leicester’s own annual LGBT+ festival, held on Saturday 1 September in Victoria Park, celebrates equality and diversity in our community. The event is attended by more 10,000 people with more than 2,000 taking part in the parade through the city.

Throughout the week leading up to Leicester Pride there will be a ‘takeover’ on the University’s campus, which forms part of the backdrop to Victoria Park. The University will fly the rainbow flag above its Fielding Johnson Building, display it proudly on its social media accounts and the homepage of its website, and on the TV information screens installed in buildings and departments across campus.

This year the University was ranked 44th in the country in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list and its LGBT staff network group has also been listed by Stonewall as one of the Highly Commended Network Groups 2018. Members of the LGBT+ Staff Equality Forum and Student LGBT+ Society and  will be present in the Leicester LGBT Centre tent to talk to the public about what the University has done to make it a more welcoming environment. There will be goodies and freebies to pick up too.

There will entertainment and attractions suitable for all ages at this free-to-attend family event. It kicks off at midday with a parade through the city centre leading to the festival site on Victoria Park.

The main stage features live singers, dance acts and cabaret from across the country whilst the DJ tent features the best local DJs. There is a variety of food and drink available and plenty to see and buy in the market stalls area. A selection of fairground rides and games are also provided by Billy Bates & Sons fun fair.

Professor David Clarke, Foundation Professor of Nursing and Chair of the LGBT+ Action Group, said: “The University’s support for Leicester Pride demonstrates to our students, staff and the communities of Leicester that we embrace inclusivity. As a member of the LGBT+ Staff Equality Forum I’m delighted that the University has made such a firm commitment to supporting this year’s Pride.”

Dr Angie Pears, Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said: “The University is proud to once again be a part of Leicester Pride, to stand alongside so many others and celebrate our commitment to inclusivity. We are looking forward to welcoming all members of the University community on Saturday.”

Find out more about the University of Leicester at Leicester Pride: www.le.ac.uk/pride

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