6 Things to do at Liverpool Pride
Liverpool has one of the best LGBTQ+ spaces in the country, and it’s time again for PRIDE! This year is particularly special, as it falls on the 50th year since the StoneWall rising.
If you’re as excited as I am, here are some fabulous things to do at Liverpool Pride this year.
1. Visit the Brand-New Stage!
This year, Liverpool Pride is in collaboration with LIMF (Liverpool International Music Festival) to bring you the best singers and artists yet. This year, a brand new stage called Showcase Stage will host some of the UK’s best emerging talent such as LIMF Academy acts, Manchester singer Jess Kemp, Liverpool DJ Josef Hollywood along with so much more, including up and coming 17 year old Liverpool singer Adam Jay!
2. Listen to the Boss Music – take it all in!
Electropop singer-songwriter and absolute dance icon Little Boots, and Finnish-born X-Factor singer, Saara Aalto will be joined on the Barclays Stage by Damn Good Liar singer, Emily Burns, and punk icons, Queen Zee along with singer and songwriter, Adam Lyons. There will also be performances by the first and only UK ambassador of Rupaul’s Drag Race and Superstar Boudoir Legend, The Vivienne!
There is also a Guest Lounge for those who want to really get up front and personal with the music! Buy your tickets here: https://www.lcrpride.co.uk/guestlounge/
3. Seek out LGBTQ+ Youth Groups!
In Liverpool, you can join and chat to the brilliant youth group YPAS, located right by the Adelphi Hotel. They attend Pride every year with their very own stall. It’s a safe place for young people from aged 12 upwards. You don’t have to disclose your sexuality, you can join for curiosity, or just have a chat at the Pride event itself.
4. Read up on Your LGBTQ+ history
To really celebrate Pride and its cause, you need to go way back to the 1960’s. Pride started when the brave patriots of Stonewall Inn in New York City rioted against the police for constantly busting and beating the club goers. Read up on your trans-sisters that helped lead the first Pride, icons such as Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera – and so many more.
5. Support Your Local Drag Queens!
Even if you don’t end up going to the actual Pride parade, Pride is a year round celebration. One of the best places to start is going to your local drag bar, such as OUT! And Superstar Boudoir.
Go and support the queens that perform in ungodly inched heels all night for your entertainment! Have a chat with them at the bar, or the local bar staff to get in the know about the club and drag culture in your city.
6. Join the Pride March!
To register for the Pride March on 27th July 2019, you need to visit: http://www.lcrpride.co.uk
Muster at 11am, to begin the march at 12pm. The march will start at St Georges Hall and march all over the city. Go with your best Judy, wave your flag and get involved! The march will stop at Tithebarn Street, where the celebrations and festivities will begin. You don’t want to miss out on this!
Liverpool Pride takes place on Saturday 27th July 2019. Thanks very much to Jess for this fantastic guide. You can read more of her work on her blog at www.thisgirlwriting.blogspot.com