Pride - /prʌɪd/
noun. a feeling that you respect yourself and deserve to be respected by other people.
Stoke-on-Trent Pride is celebrating its 10th year in 2016 and continues to go from strength to strength.
Stoke-on-Trent Pride had humble beginnings when it started in 2006 in the car park of Hanley’s old gay venue, The Club. Since then, we have grown to become a Registered Charity in our own right, managed by our Trustees and Committee members. The committee is an excellent, diverse mix of active local people who believe that Stoke-on-Trent Pride is crucial to the representation of the LGBT* community in our city.
Our main focus is our annual celebration day held at Northwood Park. With two stages providing live entertainment, themed pockets and zones for interactive arts and activities, picnic areas and a wealth of stalls and food outlets, we aim to provide a family-friendly day that celebrates both the LGBT* community itself and our engagement with the wider community of the Potteries and beyond.
There is also a very serious side to what we do. With the help of many community supporters, we are also able to use some of our events to provide essential health information, screening and support services to members of the LGBT* that might not be reached through other channels.
In addition to the Big Day itself, we organise several fundraising events throughout the year and proudly support other LGBT* groups and events in the city – such as the Staffordshire Buddies’ vigil on World AIDS Day. Please keep an eye on this site for opportunities for you to lend your support.
All our events rely on the support of our wonderful volunteers, many of whom return year upon year. If you would like information on joining our volunteers – also known as the #RainbowArmy – click here.