York Pride to ‘kick homophobia out of sport’

York’s gay Pride – which, in 2012, held the historic city’s first Pride parade is to join with the city’s professional football and rugby league teams for this year’s event, to take a groundbreaking stand against homophobia in sport.

York Pride, on Saturday 1st June, will as last year, begin with a parade (meeting at The Minster at midday) through the ancient streets of York – but this year it will also include professional football and rugby players, plus mascots, from York City FC and York City Knights, together with many of the city’s politicians, to send out the message that York will not tolerate Homophobia and prejudice in sport.

The parade will reach the main event venue at the Knavesmire for an afternoon of entertainment, beginning at 1.30pm. Headlined by Diva Fever (pictured) and Bears Aloud, the afternoon mixes local acts, tribute bands and bigger names. There will be a wide range of other entertainment, from fairground rides to a bridal fair for same-sex partners, plus skills areas for football and rugby and a range of food and drink. The party continues afterwards at Thomas’s on Museum Street in York before an after-party at the Duchess, off Stonebow.

‘We are thrilled to get the support of York City FC and the York Knights(pictured) in a groundbreaking and city-wide stand against intolerance and homophobia in sport,’ said Dan Sidley, Chair of York Pride. ‘With the backing of the city council and the city’s football and rugby league teams we are able to say that in 2013 it is OK for people of all sexualities to participate and succeed in sport – even sports such as football and rugby where this has often been difficult’.

Although the event is free all attendees are asked to buy a York Pride 2013 wristband for £5. These give free entry into the Pride pre-party at Vanity on New Street on 31st May and to the afterparty at the Duchess on 1st June.
The wristbands also provide discounts at many York restaurants and shops over the Pride period. More details are available at www.yorkpride.org.uk and on the York Pride Facebook page.