Grab a cuppa, sit down and let’s get to know each other, shall we?
Pride in Hull is a registered charity, run by a small (but perfectly formed) committee of volunteers on a not-for-profit basis. Members of the team have been involved in Pride in the city since the very first event, which was (incredibly!) almost 20 years ago.
We started out in 2002, Where it all began! The very first Pride happened out of an urgent need for LGBT+ representation in the city of Hull. It took place in Queen’s Gardens – a ramshackle bunch of a few hundred people with a really loud sound system and an awful lot of enthusiasm. Since then, we've been championing LGBT+ rights, building our community work, and having some outstanding parades, protests and parties!
In 2017, we were named the inaugural UK Pride, as well as the UK City of Culture. We celebrated LGBT50, the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, with an incredible homecoming – returning to Queens Gardens for the first time since 2003, bringing 44,000 friends with us.
We built on the success of our City of Culture year in a BIG way.
We welcomed over 50,000 (!) people to the party in 2019… (that’s a fifth of the population of the entire city!)… as well as incredible upcoming LGBT+ talent and icons like Alaska 5000, Claire Richards and Melanie C (well, almost). Pride in Hull marked 50 years since the Stonewall uprising by parading an original Gilbert Baker Pride flag through the streets and volunteers carried specially designed placards marking 5 decades of LGBT+ protest.
The remit of our event is simple. We’re here to celebrate the LGBT+ community with our friends and allies. We’re here to celebrate diverse sexualities and genders. We’re here to uplift communities. We’re here to tell people that they do fit in here. And we do it with a great big massive parade, equal parts protest and party.
We’re one of the biggest events in Hull and… not to brag, we’re one of the biggest free Pride events in the whole country too.
And then..... Covid happened. This Was a tricky year for us: we lost major sponsorship as businesses struggled,and we were forced to move to an online event, our very own 'Home Edition, to keep people's spirits up. We also worked in partnership with the lovely Norwich Pride, it's all about working together after all. As we go forward in this little pandemic world, we're more than aware that our most isolated groups will become.... well, more isolated, and that's how our new inclusion project was born. If you think you can help us undertake this vital piece of work, please show us some support!