Leeds LGBT Pride 2017 will feature a Sports Fringe Festival of Events for the first time this year as part of the annual extravaganza.
The new festival will include various events across the city linking in with Yorkshire’s biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT) life.
Created by a group of trainers and activity organisers, the Leeds LGBT Pride 2017 (Sports Fringe Events) will run from July 28th to August 5th and dovetails with Leeds LGBT Pride which will be held on August 5th and 6th.
Danny Silk, Leeds LGBT+ Sports Fringe Festival organiser said: “This first ever Leeds LGBT Pride 2017 (Sports Fringe Festival of Events) came about after a group of us from the LGBT community who work in the health and fitness industry decided that we can offer Leeds LGBT Pride 2017 some additions to the events that take part over the two day period.
“What started off as three events quickly snowballed into 19 events with a further few still to confirm. The event is aimed at promoting healthy activities within the city centre from independent businesses, established businesses and social activity groups.
“Coming from a non-sporty background, I got stereotyped fast and was not interested in a lot of sports, thinking I was not accepted. But this event is all about being inclusive. Everyone is welcome; no matter your sexuality, gender or who you identify as. This event is all about offering samples of what the LGBT community and its allies have to offer.”
The programme includes a five-a-side football tournament at Armley Leisure Centre working with The Yorkshire Terriers, a ‘Mutt Walk for Pride’ along the Leeds and Liverpool Canal, a Leeds to Bingley and Bingley to Leeds canal bike ride, a fun circuit session in Roundhay Park, yoga and kickboxing.