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General information about Norwich Pride

Having positive, accurate information about Norwich Pride in the media is a vital to the success of the celebrations. Pride, more than anything, is about LGBT+ people being visible. It’s about the wider community recognising that LGBT+ people are part of all families, workplaces, schools and communities and that we have a right to be treated equally and live without discrimination.

What does LGBT+ stand for? People who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans. The + is a symbol of inclusivity and stands for all other gender and sexual minority identities. Please resist the temptation to just call us “Gay Pride” which suggests that Norwich Pride is just for people who identify as gay.

Norwich Pride is the celebration of the LGBT+ community for everyone. It is not just for LGBT+ people – we want the whole city to join in the celebrations and we encourage people to bring their friends, families and colleagues. It’s a day when everyone can relax, dress-up, dress-down and be themselves.

We want to live in a city where everyone can feel safe and proud to be themselves. Having a vibrant and visible Pride is an essential way for Norwich to show that we are a safe and proud city that values its LGBT+ citizens.

Let’s turn Norwich into a rainbow! The rainbow flag is the international symbol of LGBT+ Pride. An important part of our work is to get as many civic buildings, businesses and organisations in Norwich to fly the rainbow flag and, in doing so, show that they value and respect their LGBT+ staff, clients, customers, students, patients etc. We also want shops to do rainbow displays and ordinary people to put Pride posters in their windows. We want the last Saturday in July to be the most colourful and vibrant day in the city’s calender.

The first Norwich Pride took place in 2009. When we did a survey in 2009 to see what people wanted from a Pride celebration, we were amazed to get comments saying that they wouldn’t go on a march because “people might see me”. There was also anxiety that Norwich was a nice city to be LGBT+ if you went about your lives quietly and a Pride celebration might “stir things up”. It was if it was “ok to be gay but not too gay”. The first Norwich Pride was amazing – 3000 people came on the Parade and we got loads of fantastic feedback from everyone telling us how much more confident they felt in themselves. Every year, that confidence has grown and we are proud that Norwich Pride has now become a key event in the city’s calendar for everyone.

Photo by Brittany Creasey from EDP/Norwich Evening News