Durham hosts first pride festival

DURHAM PRIDE: Visitors attend the first Durham Pride event in Millennium Place in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (6896700)

DURHAM PRIDE: Visitors attend the first Durham Pride event in Millennium Place in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (6896691)

DURHAM PRIDE: Visitors attend the first Durham Pride event in Millennium Place in Durham. Picture: DAVID WOOD (6896687)

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A CITY has hosted its first “pride” festival.

The inaugural Durham Pride, organised by the county’s LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, featured street entertainment, live music and DJ sets.

The one-night event was staged around Walkergate, Durham City, last night (Thursday, June 5).

Hosts Miss Cybil DuVaux, from Blackpool Pride, and Miss Tess Tickle, dubbed the “Queen of Durham”, introduced drag acts, Shirley Bassey and Adele tribute acts, live music from Kredo and more.

Early in the evening, there were buskers, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers and other entertainment outdoors.

Later, the focus moved to the Slug and Lettuce pub and Loveshack nightclub.

Proceeds will go towards the launch of a same-sex domestic abuse charity in County Durham.

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7:11pm Fri 6 Jun 14

punkrocker says...

hardly looks a roaring success. still any minority is priority in pc world. look forward to the hetro pride event.
hardly looks a roaring success. still any minority is priority in pc world. look forward to the hetro pride event. punkrocker
  • Score: -48

12:54am Sat 7 Jun 14

Voice-of-reality says...

Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation
Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation Voice-of-reality
  • Score: -36

9:11am Sat 7 Jun 14

robbiejay says...

punkrocker wrote:
hardly looks a roaring success. still any minority is priority in pc world. look forward to the hetro pride event.
Well get it organised then, instead of sitting behind your keyboard criticizing others!
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: hardly looks a roaring success. still any minority is priority in pc world. look forward to the hetro pride event.[/p][/quote]Well get it organised then, instead of sitting behind your keyboard criticizing others! robbiejay
  • Score: 11

4:37pm Sat 7 Jun 14

areyouplentywet says...

Why have they added the Q after LBGT?
Why have they added the Q after LBGT? areyouplentywet
  • Score: 3

4:37pm Sun 8 Jun 14

kelpatrick1965 says...

Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn't a straight pride movement, be grateful you don't need one.

Typical backwater response from some people, come out of your caves, leave the 1950s behind and evolve .
Gay pride was not born of a need to celebrate being gay, but our right to exist without persecution. So instead of wondering why there isn't a straight pride movement, be grateful you don't need one. Typical backwater response from some people, come out of your caves, leave the 1950s behind and evolve . kelpatrick1965
  • Score: 75

4:59pm Sun 8 Jun 14

KarenKts11 says...

The LGBTQ community do not want priority, they want equality. We live in a overwhelmingly straight world, which is why we do not need a 'straight pride' event. The 'movement' will not die out, there have always been LGBTQ people and there always will be. Hopefully we will get to a point where such events may not be necessary because everyone will be free to be themselves without fear of narrow minded prejudice.
The LGBTQ community do not want priority, they want equality. We live in a overwhelmingly straight world, which is why we do not need a 'straight pride' event. The 'movement' will not die out, there have always been LGBTQ people and there always will be. Hopefully we will get to a point where such events may not be necessary because everyone will be free to be themselves without fear of narrow minded prejudice. KarenKts11
  • Score: 28

6:12pm Sun 8 Jun 14

Bluggs says...

When I was at Durham it was very different. Gay students were some of he most hard working volunteers in the community yet my fellow colleagues told me that any openly gay tutor would be instantly dismissed from the college and probably asked to leave the university. Any Pride event starts small; ours in Middlesbrough started as just 100 and swelled to over 5000. I'm glad that the Durham tide is turning - try to cling on to outdated prejudice and you will be left behind by the currents of history.
When I was at Durham it was very different. Gay students were some of he most hard working volunteers in the community yet my fellow colleagues told me that any openly gay tutor would be instantly dismissed from the college and probably asked to leave the university. Any Pride event starts small; ours in Middlesbrough started as just 100 and swelled to over 5000. I'm glad that the Durham tide is turning - try to cling on to outdated prejudice and you will be left behind by the currents of history. Bluggs
  • Score: 12

8:36pm Sun 8 Jun 14

kelpatrick1965 says...

punkrocker wrote:
hardly looks a roaring success. still any minority is priority in pc world. look forward to the hetro pride event.
You seem to be in the minority now - not nice is it ?
[quote][p][bold]punkrocker[/bold] wrote: hardly looks a roaring success. still any minority is priority in pc world. look forward to the hetro pride event.[/p][/quote]You seem to be in the minority now - not nice is it ? kelpatrick1965
  • Score: 3

8:37pm Sun 8 Jun 14

kelpatrick1965 says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation
Judging by the response to your drivel I think homophobia will die out before equality ever does.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation[/p][/quote]Judging by the response to your drivel I think homophobia will die out before equality ever does. kelpatrick1965
  • Score: 5

9:17pm Sun 8 Jun 14

mrspickless says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation
Really? You think homosexuality is just going to disappear like the dinosaur's? I hate to confound your views. But while people with opinions like yours are still around, the numbers in these kind of get togethers will get bigger. Get used to it .Eventually people who express such a bigoted mindset will be the minority. You and people like you WILL disappear like the dinosaur's, ancient relics, a distant reminder.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation[/p][/quote]Really? You think homosexuality is just going to disappear like the dinosaur's? I hate to confound your views. But while people with opinions like yours are still around, the numbers in these kind of get togethers will get bigger. Get used to it .Eventually people who express such a bigoted mindset will be the minority. You and people like you WILL disappear like the dinosaur's, ancient relics, a distant reminder. mrspickless
  • Score: 6

9:17pm Sun 8 Jun 14

mrspickless says...

Voice-of-reality wrote:
Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation
Really? You think homosexuality is just going to disappear like the dinosaur's? I hate to confound your views. But while people with opinions like yours are still around, the numbers in these kind of get togethers will get bigger. Get used to it .Eventually people who express such a bigoted mindset will be the minority. You and people like you WILL disappear like the dinosaur's, ancient relics, a distant reminder.
[quote][p][bold]Voice-of-reality[/bold] wrote: Punkrocker - I shouldn't worry - if the crowds in the picture are anythign to go by the movement will have 'died out' within a generation[/p][/quote]Really? You think homosexuality is just going to disappear like the dinosaur's? I hate to confound your views. But while people with opinions like yours are still around, the numbers in these kind of get togethers will get bigger. Get used to it .Eventually people who express such a bigoted mindset will be the minority. You and people like you WILL disappear like the dinosaur's, ancient relics, a distant reminder. mrspickless
  • Score: 2

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