As one of the UK´s most recognisable organisations, Royal Mail are endeavouring to offer their full support for the wider LGBT community and on a national scale for Prides all around the UK. Locally, Stoke-on-Trent pride is being supported corporately and locally by Stoke-on-Trent contact centre for its second year in succession and is proud to be one of Stoke-on-Trent Pride´s main sponsors both in 2017 and again in 2018.

We´re the LGBT community behind the company and we´re having a great year! We placed in the top 50 of Stonewall´s Workplace Equality Index, we´ve won their Employee Network of the Year award and LinkedIn have Vodafone in their top 25 places to work!

Come and talk to us about life and careers in Vodafone UK and what we´re doing to help connect people locally, as well as businesses and communities across the digital world.

The future is exciting.

Ready?

Gaylife is a sexual health and lifestyle support service created especially for the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in Stoke-on-Trent, and for those questioning their sexuality or gender identity.

Gaylife runs a Gay and Bisexual Men´s drop-in group from 7pm until 9.30pm every Wednesday. The group is a great opportunity to relax and have a chat with other gay/bi men in Stoke-on-Trent. This drop in is available only for 18+, if you're 18 or under, visit the Galaxy page.

Gaylife also provides information and resources on all sexual health matters, including Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). On the last Wednesday of every month we also provide free and confidential HIV testing with results in 20 minutes from 5pm-8pm.

The drop in service is held at:

The Piccadilly Project,

57-59 Piccadilly,

Hanley,

Stoke-on-Trent,

ST1 1HR

Stoke City F.C.

Stoke City are proud to be supporting Stoke Pride 2018 and will have staff attending the event throughout the day.

They will be conducting a consultation which will help the Club better understand what we can do to maximise our equality and diversity outcomes.

Staff will be on hand throughout the day to assist anyone wishing to learn more about our equality and diversity aims and objectives and what the Club is doing to increase our reach throughout the next season. All those assisting us in the consultation will be entered into a free prize draw to win fantastic club goodies.

Gossip Nightclub

Stoke-on-Trent´s premier LGBTQ+ nightclub. we aim to offer the safest venue in the area for all the community and friends.

With 3 bars on two levels offering you the best in freshly made cocktails, craft beers, ciders and draught. Upstairs, our recently refurbished Unity Lounge offers a place to sit down in luxury to start your night, play pool, Xbox, or simply to retreat during your evening to socialise. Outside we have our large paved garden and terraced areas with shelter and heating for your comfort during the colder winter months. Our central dance floor is the place to be seen on the scene!

Staffordshire University

Staffordshire University has a long-standing commitment to equality, diversity, social inclusion and mobility, which is central to our success in creating inclusive and supportive teaching and learning environment. LGBT+ issues are covered within our wide-ranging course portfolio and research, including sociology, law, sport and exercise, film and media, drama and theatre, history, creative writing, art, health and social care, psychology, education. We are proud to be a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

The LGBT+ University Staff Network Group provides a confidential and supportive environment for all staff who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender+ and promotes inclusivity and an awareness of wider diversity issues. The Staffordshire University Student Union LGBT+ Network is a student-led group that seeks to represent the views and needs of our diverse student body. It provides an open place for any student to be who they are, holding regular events and meetings to discuss common interests and learn more about the LGBT+ community and members regularly engage with national democracy via the NUS' conferences and events. As well as writing articles that are published on the Students' Union website and engaging with inclusivity University projects and processes, the LGBT+ Network also feeds directly into the Students' Union's democratic structures to help shape the Union's work.

The University Staff and Student Networks have been actively involved in World AIDS Day, LGBT+ History month, Stoke Pride and other campaigns.

Lottery Funded

City Of Stoke-on-Trent

Stoke-on-Trent City Council proudly supports the city´s LGBT community and Stoke Pride

Synetics Solutions

GMB Union

The GMB Union is an organisation that has Equalities at the forefront of our beliefs. Our aim is to protect members in their workplace and get members good pay and good working conditions. We believe passionately in fairness and give our support to The LGBT+.organisation. We support Pride events throughout the country and hold an annual LGBT + Conference in London alongside all of our sister unions. Always an interesting Conference with plenty of debates and motions taking place. Our Region is very active with LGBT + activity.

Tesco

Tesco´s "Bags of Help" scheme supports local groups & charities all over the country. We as Community Champions support communities in many ways, but it´s great to support Stoke-in-Trent Pride at an event that many of our colleagues attend ......So PLEASE visit our Tesco Stall .....SNAP up a Bargain .....and SUPPORT STOKE-on-TRENT PRIDE 2018

First Buses

Towergate Insurance

The Samaritans

Samaritans know that sometimes life gets tough. At times when things are getting on top of you, Samaritans are always there to listen. We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way - whatever´s getting to you. Our lines are staffed entirely by volunteers and we are recruiting now for our next intake. You can make an amazing difference at Samaritans helping to support people when they need someone to talk to or they are going through a difficult time in their life. We welcome and value every volunteer, from all walks of life. Come along to meet us to find out more

The Good Food Chain

The Good Food Chain has been established for over 20 years and is based in Stone, Staffordshire.

We employ over 120 people, and are the largest truly handmade sandwich manufacturer in the UK. We supply education and healthcare establishments as well as the corporate sector and into airlines.

We are very proud of our Staffordshire roots and work with other charities in the area, supporting both the Potters Arf Marathon and the Dougie Mac Bike Ride.

Donations

We would like to thank the following people and organistions for donating items to raise money for Stoke-on-Trent Pride via our silent auction organised by the Royal Mail.

  • Dimensions Leisure Centre
  • Tamworth Snowdome
  • Stoke City F.C.
  • Manchester United F.C.
  • Port Vale F.C
  • Alton Towers
  • Trentham Monkey Forrest
  • The Quarter (Restaurant/Bar)
  • Driving Me Driving Experiences

Pride Donations

We would also like to thank the following people and organisations for making a charitable contribution directly to Stoke-on-Trent Pride.

  • Wade Pottery
  • Anita Harris Pottery (custom items)
  • Lets Do Ltd.
  • Port Vale F.C.

Lifetime Patrons

Carl Gratty

A local lad who wanting to give something back to Stoke. Co-Owner of LGBT nightclub, Gossip! Love's a good debate and challenge, and likes to be there for my friends.

Dominic Gratty

Skilled negotiator and socialiser. Keen in getting out there on their scene with a finger on the pulse. Loves dogs, horror films and challenges. A very driven individual.

Mikey Bonsor

Patrons

The following councillors and MPs have lent their support in the organisation of Pride 2018 for the LGBT+ community.

Please consider showing your support in return.

  • Cllr. Ruth Rosenau - Meir North
  • Cllr. Candi Chetwynd - Ford Green & Smallthorne
  • Cllr. Chris Robinson - Broadway & Longton East
  • MP. Ruth Smeeth - Stoke-on-Trent North
  • Cllr. Joy Garner - Burslem Park Ward
  • MP. Gareth Snell - Stoke-on-Trent Central