28 Feb 2017

Hull leads the way with week of LGBT 50 celebrations

Celebrating 50 years since the start of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK.

Hull 2017 is delighted to present LGBT 50, a week-long programme of LGBT+ events taking place from 22 to 29 July in partnership with Pride in Hull, queer collective Duckie and a host of partners. Celebrating the icons, struggles and triumphs of the LGBT+ community, this is the biggest event of its kind to take place in the region.

Kicking things off in style are Pride in Hull, hosting the very first UK Pride on Saturday 22 July. Featuring a brand new route for 2017, the annual parade will highlight 50 years of LGBT+ icons led by Duckie and created with the help of the local LGBT community.

Culminating in Queens Gardens, the parade will be topped off with a headline performance by legendary musician Marc Almond, celebrated internationally as one half of Soft Cell, the synth-pop duo who shot to fame with their chart-topping single Tainted Love. Having sold over 30 million records worldwide, Marc will perform songs from his soon-to-be greatest hits album.

Marc is a fabulous performer and we’re thrilled he will be bringing his special brand of stardust to the Pride in Hull celebrations. It’s going to be a great party for Hull’s LGBT community and Marc can expect a great reception from the city.

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017

Hull’s LGBT 50 festivities will go out with a bang on Saturday 29 July when the lively Duckie Summer Tea Party takes over Queen Victoria Square, inviting everybody to a thrilling afternoon of dance, surprise performances, tea, cake and much more.

The party features a specially commissioned Yorkshire Dance production by choreographer Gary Clarke, so keep your eyes peeled for details on how you can become one of the local participants to join a cast of professional dancers to perform on the day.

In between these show-stopping events, there will be a series of exhibitions, socials and debates, offering an opportunity to celebrate Hull’s LGBT+ community past and present and to show solidarity with the continuing struggles for LGBT equality around the world. The community will also be represented in a number of film screenings supported by the British Film Institute and Hull Independent Cinema.

Humber Street Gallery will play a part in the LGBT 50 celebrations, hosting a stunning exhibition of photography by Lee Price from 27 July to 24 September. Captured in Sierra Leone where homosexuality remains illegal, The House of Kings and Queens offers a powerful insight into The House, where inhabitants live without oppression, exposing what it means to be gay in Hull’s sister city Freetown.

The LGBT+ community can also get involved in an exhibition of their own during the week-long celebrations. Titled A Moment in Time, the exhibition is uses publicly-submitted photographs to tell the LGBT+ story before the decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 and in the 50 years since.

It’s brilliant that Hull is marking LGBT 50 with a week of events as part of the UK City of Culture celebrations.

Pride in Hull is going to be absolutely spectacular and we have the absolute honour of being named the first ever ‘UK Pride’, so we’ll have the eyes of the LGBT+ community across the country and beyond firmly focused on us.

Graham Jenkinson, Pride in Hull

The theme of this year’s Pride in Hull and the unifying thread that runs through each event is Through the Decades, so whether you’re young or old, we hope to see you there.

Further details on the LGBT 50 programme and information on how you can get involved with the Pride in Hull parade, A Moment in Time exhibition and the Yorkshire Dance production will be announced shortly.

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