The University has joined forces with Leeds Beckett University and Leeds Arts University to develop a Digital Pride programme that evokes Pride’s ethos.
This year marks the 15th anniversary of Leeds Pride and 50 years since the first Pride march in New York in 1970. This came one year after the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, when the city’s Stonewall Inn was raided by the police in the early hours and three nights of unrest followed.
Lesbians and trans women of colour were some of the key people involved in the act of resistance, including Stormé DeLarverie, Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P Johnson.
Pride is a highlight of the year for many in the LGBT+ community, an occasion that brings the diversity of Leeds’ community together for a key point of protest and celebration, and a reminder of the power of standing together.
Due to COVID-19, the organisers had to make the difficult decision to postpone the 15th anniversary celebrations for the safety of all involved.
In response to that news, the Universities have developed a Digital Pride programme: Universities in Leeds – Together for Pride 2020.
Starting on Monday 17 August, celebrations of Leeds Pride will be showcased across a range of digital channels throughout the week.