First Durham Pride festival to be held this week

The Northern Echo: Steps star Faye Tozer, who will appear at Newcastle Pride Steps star Faye Tozer, who will appear at Newcastle Pride

A CITY will host its first “pride” festival this week.

The first Durham Pride will take place around Millennium Place, Durham City, on Thursday, June 5.

There will be free entertainment, with proceeds going towards the launch of a same-sex domestic abuse charity in County Durham.

Miss Cybil DuVaux, from Blackpool Pride, and Miss Tess Tickle, dubbed the “Queen of Durham”, will host.

There will be drag acts, Shirley Bassey and Adele tribute acts, live music from Kredo and an appearance by rapper Jay’Em.

From 5pm until 9.30pm there will be buskers, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers and other entertainment.

Indoors, entertainment at the Slug and Lettuce and Loveshack begins at 7pm.

A women only space will be available in Clayport Library from 5pm.

Tickets for Loveshack can be reserved for free online at eventbrite.co.uk. No other venues are ticketed.

Meanwhile, Newcastle Pride 2014 runs from July 18 to 20, including performances by Steps star Faye Tozer. For more information, visit northern-pride.com

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9:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

I wonder how a hetro sexual festival would be received?

Why does the gay community feel the need to ram their sexuallity down everyone's throats all the time?
I wonder how a hetro sexual festival would be received? Why does the gay community feel the need to ram their sexuallity down everyone's throats all the time? thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
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12:36pm Tue 3 Jun 14

punkrocker says...

well said the-------truth . who is funding this i wonder.
well said the-------truth . who is funding this i wonder. punkrocker
  • Score: -7

1:29pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Voice-of-reality says...

One further notes that within this 'equal opportunity' event there is no mention of a 'male only space'.
Usual hypocriscy from a minority group seeking self promotion.
One further notes that within this 'equal opportunity' event there is no mention of a 'male only space'. Usual hypocriscy from a minority group seeking self promotion. Voice-of-reality
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1:13am Wed 4 Jun 14

socksalesman says...

these comments seem akin to people saying "why is it bad to have a white pride group" - context, stigma, recent history, continuing bigotry...

last time I checked, there wasn't a lot of heterophobia around - and yet homophobia is still surprisingly common, both in quite a violent and deliberate fashion, and casually still finding people synonymously using gay or puff as an insult, that kind of thing...

"Why does the gay community feel the need to ram their sexuallity down everyone's throats all the time?" - erm? because sex, in general, in society, isn't constantly rammed down everybody's throats is it not? but almost always in a heterosexual fashion.

it is only shamefully recently that LGBT members of various communities, including as simply members of society, but as armed forces workers, police, politicians, teachers and onwards, could begin to feel it was okay to simply state their sexuality, and anybody that thinks 'coming out the closet' is still a total non-issue across the board is either incredibly ignorant, delusional or grossly disingenuous.

And, voice-of-reality (a nice humble username you have there) - One further notes that within 'equal opportunity' measures, disproportion that continues to prevail leads to positive discrimination. I actually believe that chances are, if there were 'consumer demand' at this event for male attenders to have a segregated area for themselves, they would be accomodated. I just somehow doubt there is a demand for that... I'm not saying it is necessarily the best thing to reinforce a sense that any given situation is somehow safer without men - but this isn't saying men will be inconvenienced or left at risk, its portioning off a chunk of the library... not disenfranchising men from the electorate.. I wouldn't worry about too much oppression.

I know to expect Durham to have a bit more than the average UK city's share of bigots, but these comments (the three that were here when I posted this that are all as bad as each other really) are utterly abhorrent. Or trolling. I hope the latter, and apologise for feeding the said trolls if that is the case - but I fear it is more likely to be knee jerk bigotry by people not bright enough to realise that their very comments answer the questions they pose, in a beautifully horrible, ironic way, by demonstrating in their attitude the precise reason why there is LGBT Pride, and not erm, I dunno, white, north-eastern, straight male pride (although there sort of is in the Miners Gala but, I say that light heartedly).
these comments seem akin to people saying "why is it bad to have a white pride group" - context, stigma, recent history, continuing bigotry... last time I checked, there wasn't a lot of heterophobia around - and yet homophobia is still surprisingly common, both in quite a violent and deliberate fashion, and casually still finding people synonymously using gay or puff as an insult, that kind of thing... "Why does the gay community feel the need to ram their sexuallity down everyone's throats all the time?" - erm? because sex, in general, in society, isn't constantly rammed down everybody's throats is it not? but almost always in a heterosexual fashion. it is only shamefully recently that LGBT members of various communities, including as simply members of society, but as armed forces workers, police, politicians, teachers and onwards, could begin to feel it was okay to simply state their sexuality, and anybody that thinks 'coming out the closet' is still a total non-issue across the board is either incredibly ignorant, delusional or grossly disingenuous. And, voice-of-reality (a nice humble username you have there) - One further notes that within 'equal opportunity' measures, disproportion that continues to prevail leads to positive discrimination. I actually believe that chances are, if there were 'consumer demand' at this event for male attenders to have a segregated area for themselves, they would be accomodated. I just somehow doubt there is a demand for that... I'm not saying it is necessarily the best thing to reinforce a sense that any given situation is somehow safer without men - but this isn't saying men will be inconvenienced or left at risk, its portioning off a chunk of the library... not disenfranchising men from the electorate.. I wouldn't worry about too much oppression. I know to expect Durham to have a bit more than the average UK city's share of bigots, but these comments (the three that were here when I posted this that are all as bad as each other really) are utterly abhorrent. Or trolling. I hope the latter, and apologise for feeding the said trolls if that is the case - but I fear it is more likely to be knee jerk bigotry by people not bright enough to realise that their very comments answer the questions they pose, in a beautifully horrible, ironic way, by demonstrating in their attitude the precise reason why there is LGBT Pride, and not erm, I dunno, white, north-eastern, straight male pride (although there sort of is in the Miners Gala but, I say that light heartedly). socksalesman
  • Score: 5

3:21pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Swordfishtrombone84 says...

thetruthyoucanthandl
ethetruth
wrote:
I wonder how a hetro sexual festival would be received?

Why does the gay community feel the need to ram their sexuallity down everyone's throats all the time?
I'm sure a heterosexual festival would be received just fine. Certainly without any prejudiced knee-jerk responses on a news website. Please, by all means - have a heterosexual festival! Have one day a year where you plaster heterosexuality on banners and in adverts and billboards and the front covers of magazines and depict it on television and heterosexual couples walk down the street hand in hand and kiss without any fear at all of disapproving looks. Hang on just a second....

Also, I feel the need to ask a hypothetical question. If, in a family of seven children, six received attention and presents and praise and approval every day and the seventh was ignored every day but their birthday, would you go up to that seventh child on their birthday and tell them, 'Why do you feel the need to ram your existence down everyone's throats all the time?'

Count the number of mentions of homosexuality you see in the media today. Count the number of depictions of gay couples on adverts and in television programs. Then compare those to the amount of mentions/representat
ions of heterosexuality. Then, perhaps, step back and reassess your definition of 'ramming things down everyone's throats'.

Oh, for Harvey Milk's sake - just let us have our party!
[quote][p][bold]thetruthyoucanthandl ethetruth[/bold] wrote: I wonder how a hetro sexual festival would be received? Why does the gay community feel the need to ram their sexuallity down everyone's throats all the time?[/p][/quote]I'm sure a heterosexual festival would be received just fine. Certainly without any prejudiced knee-jerk responses on a news website. Please, by all means - have a heterosexual festival! Have one day a year where you plaster heterosexuality on banners and in adverts and billboards and the front covers of magazines and depict it on television and heterosexual couples walk down the street hand in hand and kiss without any fear at all of disapproving looks. Hang on just a second.... Also, I feel the need to ask a hypothetical question. If, in a family of seven children, six received attention and presents and praise and approval every day and the seventh was ignored every day but their birthday, would you go up to that seventh child on their birthday and tell them, 'Why do you feel the need to ram your existence down everyone's throats all the time?' Count the number of mentions of homosexuality you see in the media today. Count the number of depictions of gay couples on adverts and in television programs. Then compare those to the amount of mentions/representat ions of heterosexuality. Then, perhaps, step back and reassess your definition of 'ramming things down everyone's throats'. Oh, for Harvey Milk's sake - just let us have our party! Swordfishtrombone84
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