Hampshire Pride celebrates inclusion and diversity

23 Feb 2018

The University of Winchester and Hampshire County Council are proud to support the fourth annual Hampshire Pride Festival on Saturday 24 February 2018.

The event brings together people from across the county in a show of unity, to highlight the contribution of the LGBT community to Hampshire. In previous years, the Hampshire Pride Parade has drawn around 300 members and supporters of the LGBT community.

Hampshire Pride is organised jointly by the University of Winchester's LGBTI Spectrum Student, Staff and Allies Network and Hampshire County Council's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employee network, with the aim of promoting community, inclusivity and solidarity.

The Pride Parade will assemble at Winchester School of Art at 1pm and make its way through the city of Winchester from 2pm. The Parade will finish with an Indoor Street Festival hosted by Hampshire County Council at Elizabeth II Court, from 3pm. The event will include street performances and host a number of stalls by local businesses, charities and community groups.

The Hampshire Pride After Party, hosted by University of Winchester Student Union, follows in the evening, beginning at 7.30pm.

Professor Elizabeth Stuart, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Senior Diversity Champion at the University of Winchester said: “The University has been a proud supporter of Hampshire Pride since its inception four years ago, when our staff and students worked with Hampshire County Council to deliver the first event. Encouraging diversity and inclusion on campus and across the city continues to be very important to the University so we are delighted to support the event again this year.”

Councillor Roy Perry, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “We are honoured to be supporting Hampshire Pride in its fourth year - an event which brings together people from all walks of life to respect, embrace and celebrate difference. Hampshire Pride provides an important opportunity for people to show their support for the LGBT+ community and we look forward to welcoming Pride participants to the Indoor Street Festival on Saturday.” 

More information can be found on the Hampshire Pride website: www.hampshirepride.com

Pride Parade programme for Saturday 24 February

1pm - Assemble at Winchester School of Art

2pm - Parade travels through Winchester

3pm - Indoor Street Festival and market stalls, Hampshire County Council

7.30pm – Pride After Party, University of Winchester Student Union

Additional activities to celebrate LGBT History Month

University of Winchester events include:

An LGBT+ History exhibition held at the Winchester Discovery Centre. Organised by the University of Winchester Modern History Research Centre, the event explores historical experiences and events of LGBT+ communities in modern history across different countries. This exhibition is on display until 28 February.

Staff and students from the University are also involved in LGBT+ history talks, exhibitions and events throughout the month. The University’s undergraduate open day for prospective students and their families on Saturday 24 February will also have a strong diversity theme.

Find out more at the Hampshire Pride website.

Hampshire County Council events include:

Throughout February, Hampshire County Council’s Library Service is hosting various talks, film showings and shows to raise awareness and celebrate the history, lives and experiences of the LGBT community. For a detailed list of what’s on, where and when, visit the Hampshire Library Service blog.

The photograph above shows the 2017 Hampshire Pride Parade departing from the University of Winchester. 

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