Published Wednesday, 16 June 2021
Coventry is this month joining cities around the world in celebrating Pride Month.
The month highlights the issues that are still faced by many in the LGBTI+ community today, and remembers those who have lost their lives through hate crimes and HIV/AIDS.
It works to achieve equal justice and equal opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other people across the world, and raise awareness of the injustices still faced by many.
Pride Month is celebrated every June as a tribute to those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots in 1969, when police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village. It sparked days of protests, with people demanding the establishment of places where LGBTI+ people could go and be open about their sexual orientation without fear of arrest.
It is a celebration of inclusion, and as UK City of Culture, Coventry will be showing how diversity has enriched city life.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of Coventry City Council and Cabinet Member for Equalities, said: “Coventry is a city that believes in equality for all and that everyone should be free to live the life they wish. We believe in a world where everyone is accepted and treated equally.
“We are an inclusive city, a welcoming city, and that makes us a stronger, more creative city. We must celebrate that and we must stand up to hatred and intolerance and oppose discrimination.
“As UK City of Culture, hopefully we can spread that message far and wide, and show how a great diverse city celebrates – together as one community.”
Cllr David Welsh, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, said: “I’m proud that Coventry is a place that welcomes all people and that, as the City of Culture, we have the opportunity in the year ahead to show that to the world and celebrate the great diversity that exists in our city.”
Cllr Antony Tucker, recently elected for Earlsdon ward and one of the Council’s newest LGBTI+ members, added: “Pride is a time to celebrate how far we’ve come towards equality, and also a time to remember those we’ve lost and how much we still have to achieve.”
Cllr Angela Hopkins, said: “Pride for me is about inclusivity, visibility and most importantly, equality. It is a month when we remember the victories that have been won but also how far we still have to go. The fight for equal rights for all continues, around the world and here in the UK, and debates around Intersex rights that are being actioned in other countries are still only just beginning to be discussed here.”
The city has an exciting summer of Pride events lined up, including orchestral concerts in the Cathedral ruins, experiential exhibitions in the city centre, a thought-provoking film production on cultural diversity and family fun in green spaces; all designed to complement the centrepiece of the annual Pride festival itself.
Funding for much of the programme has been provided by the Coventry City of Culture Trust and for details and tickets, visit the Coventry 2021 or Coventry Pride websites.
The Pride Flag is being flown throughout the month outside the Council, House as a sign of the city’s support.