Find out what you can do to mark this year’s Pride Month.
Published Tuesday, 1st June, 2021 in University news
It’s that time of year again – Pride Month is back! For those of you who were not aware, each year 1st June marks the beginning of Pride Month across the globe.
Chosen to pay tribute to the Stonewall Riots, which occurred on 28th June 1969 following a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in New York and lead to the world’s first Pride on 28th June 1970, the month is celebrated with a variety of events and often parades - though these are not always exclusive to June - where the LGBTQ+ community march together to remember what has been overcome and to the progress there is still to make.
Pride at City
Throughout the month, we'll be sharing resources and information about Pride across our channels, so keep an eye out. At the end of the month one of City's academics will also be part of the following event which you can sign up to:
Revisiting the Politics of Pride in a Post-Covid world? Queer Liberation, (de-)Commercialisation, and re-claiming public space
Wednesday 30th June, 4pm - 5pm, online
How does queer liberation fit within contemporary pride events? How do we as a queer community engage with the commercialisation of our identities and the corporate sponsorship of Pride parades? How do we recover from the impacts of Covid-19 on queer lives and reclaim public space and visibility of queer lives?
Join City's Dr Koen Slootmaeckers from the Department of International Politics along with other panel members for this online webinar which will reflect on the politics of Pride parades in the post-Covid world.
Pride marches/large-scale events in the UK
Across the UK, dozens of Pride events happen throughout the year. Given the restrictions of the pandemic, many have been affected this year by either moving date, going online or unfortunately being cancelled until next year.
Within London some of these include:
- London Trans+ Pride – Saturday 26th June 2021
- UK Black Pride (online for 2021) – Friday 2nd July – Sunday 4th July 2021
- Pride in London – Saturday 11th September 2021
You can find a daily updated list of Pride events happening across the UK and Ireland for 2021 here.
Events across June
Despite many parades having moved to later in the year, there are still plenty of events throughout June you can attend to celebrate Pride Month including some of our suggested ones below:
Pride At The Palace
Date: Monday 7th June 2021
Price: From £25
Location: Palace Theatre
For one night only, a host of Queer stars from the West End and beyond come together to celebrate their Pride in a spectacular concert.
LGBTQ+ Collections: A different perspective
Date: Friday 18th June 2021
The National Archives and the Bishopsgate Institute Special Collections and Archives hold very different collections; one representing the state perspective and the other the voices of campaigning organisations. In this event, both collections will be explored and it will be seen how they can be used together to build a fuller picture of LBGTQ+ lives.
Date: Saturday 19th June 2021
Streaming on Twitch and Facebook and organized by Bi Pride UK, the Bi-Fi Festival is a digital Pride for all people who experience attraction beyond gender.
Incite Poetry Pride Special
Date: Thursday 24th June 2021
Incite is hosting an evening of poetry and spoken word performances via Zoom. There will be an opportunity to read and recite your own work at the online open mic.
For a non-comprehensive list of events, click here.