By Sian Davies      Plymouth Herald Reporter

  • TOP: Perry Jarrom and Mathew Fuge at Pride in the Park at Devonport Park. RIGHT: Melody and Samantha Sale with David Over.
  • A GAY pride event is set to hit Plymouth for the third year in a row – and this time it will move from Devonport Park to a central spot on The Hoe.

On Saturday, August 9, an afternoon of fun will bring a message of equality as Pride in Plymouth volunteers host the event.

Alan Butler, from Pride in Plymouth, said: “Two years ago, ‘gay pride’ returned to the city of Plymouth with its first proper outdoor pride festival, taking place in the then recently restored Devonport Park.

“In 2013 the event continued to grow and now in 2014 the time seems right to take it to the next level, and bring the event to Plymouth Hoe.

“The event will have an important message for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) communities of the city as well as its wider population as the afternoon provides a platform to promote their self-affirmation, dignity and equality rights and also to increase their visibility as a social group.

“Plymouth has often been regarded as a difficult place to be LGBT – the city has a history of being a garrison town and some attitudes have been slow to change, with incidents of violence and hatred occurring.

“But Pride in Plymouth has connected the diverse group of people who make up the city’s LGBT communities and enabled them to take pride in their place in the city.

“This year’s summer pride event will provide a unique atmosphere and a fun-filled festival, which includes an afternoon of free musical entertainment provided by local acts and entertainers, as well as food stalls.

“Many services and voluntary groups will be there to provide important information as well as setting a great example of community spirit by coming together to celebrate sexual diversity and gender variance.”

Kevin Kelway, PR coordinator for the event, added: “We are looking for support from local businesses that would like to take part and a great way for employers and firms to show how much they value diversity and getting people to take part in a fun and lively family day out.”

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