Council shows support for Plymouth Pride 2018

Plymouth Pride 2018 will bring an explosion of colour and inclusion across the city centre and Hoe on Saturday.

The community-led event run by Plymouth’s LGBTQ+ community is a celebration of all communities coming together as a whole.

Throughout Saturday there will be a whole range of activities starting with a parade from North Cross through the city centre and ending at the Hoe where the festival will start at 1pm.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing and Co-operative Development, said this year’s event was more important than ever given the increase in transgender and LGBTQ+ hate crime, which the Council wanted to make clear is not tolerated in Plymouth.

He said: “Plymouth has been, and will always be, an accepting and welcoming city. The importance of Pride is in creating an event that brings people together from all areas of the community. It is an award winning, community organised event that celebrates each of our differences, whilst also recognising the importance of our similarities.

“The Council fully supports Pride and we will have a range of people on the Hoe including our Fostering, Community Connections and Box teams.”

Alan Bennett, an oral historian and one the Plymouth PRIDE organisers (pictured with Cllr Penberthy), said: “Plymouth PRIDE is an event where people can come to ask questions, find out more about the community and to just generally enjoy this all-inclusive, family friendly event.”