Community Pride set to bring splash of colour to town centre

CARNIVAL TIME: Middlesbrough-based Lola Divine, Daisy Diamond and Miss Penni will all perform at the town’s Community Pride festival on September 27.

CARNIVAL TIME: Middlesbrough-based Lola Divine, Daisy Diamond and Miss Penni will all perform at the town’s Community Pride festival on September 27.

KICK OFF: Drag acts (from left) Lola Divine, Daisy Diamond and Miss Penni launch Middlesbrough Community Pride with organisers (from left) Leanne Littlewood, Matthew Gray, Danni Gibson and Phil Douglas.

First published in News Darlington and Stockton Times: Photograph of the Author by

THOUSANDS of people are expected to bring a splash of colour and excitement to Middlesbrough town centre when a festival celebrating the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community makes a return.

Middlesbrough Community Pride will be back with a bang on Saturday, September 27 when it will share the limelight with Middlesbrough Live’s festival of music and comedy in venues across the town centre.

After face-painting and drumming workshops from 10.30am in mima, the festival really kicks off at midday when the local LGBT community unites for a colourful parade.

Fronting the parade will be several leading drag acts who will then star in a free five-hour open-air concert at Community Pride’s new Centre Square location.

Daisy Diamond, who also performed at last year’s show, said: “It’s so important for the LGBT community that Community Pride is back again. My message to everyone is to come along and enjoy the fun.”

Community Pride chairman Danni Gibson said: “We want the whole community, not just those with an LGBT background, to join us for a real party festival.

“Last year’s event was a huge success, with more than 5,000 attending, but we’re hoping for even more this year.

“We hope that our new Centre Square location will provide the ideal environment for those who have recently come out and may have felt intimidated by last year’s town centre location.”

For more information, visit middlesbroughcommunitypride.com

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5:26pm Mon 25 Aug 14

NO EINSTEIN says...

What ever you do folks, don't say what you think about this headline, or tell the truth, as your comment will be removed as was mine, faster than a rat up a drainpipe.
Good old positive discrimination wins again.
What ever you do folks, don't say what you think about this headline, or tell the truth, as your comment will be removed as was mine, faster than a rat up a drainpipe. Good old positive discrimination wins again. NO EINSTEIN
  • Score: 3

7:16pm Mon 25 Aug 14

Kwalker25 says...

Your comment was homophobic....and you basic called the gay community perverse....I think you'll find you discriminated this community and your comment was certainly bound to be removed....it takes "no Einstein" to work that at!!!
Your comment was homophobic....and you basic called the gay community perverse....I think you'll find you discriminated this community and your comment was certainly bound to be removed....it takes "no Einstein" to work that at!!! Kwalker25
  • Score: -3

6:19pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Kwalker25 says...

Still doesn't back up your argument of the gay community being perverse....if you don't agree with what's happening in Middlesbrough...then refrain from commenting and keep your opinions to your self, your embarrassing yourself by proving to the world how small minded and arrogant you are and your HOMOPHOBIC attitude is not welcome here, nobody is asking you to attend the community pride celebrations!!

It takes "no Einstein" to realise that "terophobic" is clearly a word you have devised to make yourself sound funny....sad really!!
Still doesn't back up your argument of the gay community being perverse....if you don't agree with what's happening in Middlesbrough...then refrain from commenting and keep your opinions to your self, your embarrassing yourself by proving to the world how small minded and arrogant you are and your HOMOPHOBIC attitude is not welcome here, nobody is asking you to attend the community pride celebrations!! It takes "no Einstein" to realise that "terophobic" is clearly a word you have devised to make yourself sound funny....sad really!! Kwalker25
  • Score: 4
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