Pride Week: Pride In Liverpool 2019
Planet Slop‘s final word on Pride Week 2019, and the most complete schedule of official and fringe events we could compile.
And that’s Pride Week!
Unlike the other big festivals in the city, most of the arts blogs don’t give as much credence to Pride. It’s mentioned, for sure. But it isn’t given multi-page coverage for weeks in advance. We try to make an effort to celebrate and value it.
Because Pride is arguably the most important major festival in the city. In most cities. There is still a fight to be had. There is a spike in homophobic attacks by bigots who feel energised by the bullshit rhetoric we’ve been hearing.
Yet in a way, it’s the casual homophobes who terrify us most. The ones who say “I don’t mind gays, but…“. Britain just elected a woman to European Parliament who believes in gay conversion therapy, but says she isn’t homophobic, who chooses her words carefully when voicing support for Section 28. A local editor – regular readers probably know – who we have heard make outwardly homo- or transphobic comments with our own ears had the sheer gall to publish articles on why Pride is important. Planet Slop recently cut ties with a writer who constantly tweets “I’m not transphobic, but…“, and has even now started a whole second Twitter account dedicated to beating down a community who are already struggling and spreads wholesale mistruths about LGBTQ+ history as a straight white cis man. Fuck ya’ll.
The bigots? At least we know where we stand with the Westboro Baptist Church. They’re not pretending to accept us. It’s the ones who pretend to be allies that we eye with the most suspicion. They will be the ones standing in our way.
Don’t forget to protest this weekend. We need our voices heard.
Until then, below is the most complete schedule of events, both organised by the LCR Pride Foundation and the unofficial fringe events happening around the city between Friday and Monday.
Be safe and and spread love; L.U.V.
Fri 26th July
6.30pm: Pride x Tate Liverpool
Tate Liverpool kick off Pride weekend with a free evening full of talks and workshops, including vogue classes, poetry readings, collection tours and a discussion centred around the UK AIDS Memorial Quilt, which tells the stories of lives lost in the early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Music will come from House of Suarez DJ Dave Brennan. If that’s not enough, entry to the world exclusive Keith Haring exhibition.
7.30pm: Drag Cabaret with Filla Crack
Miss Filla Crack invites you to the Everyman Theatre for dinner, cocktails and performances, included “internationally ignored” comedy-cabaret performer Ashleigh Owen, who will serenade us with her treasure trove of stupidly brilliant comic songs.
8pm: God Save The Queers
Liverpool’s Alternative Pride Party! Inspired by the Gay Shame movement of 1998, Beers for Queers, EAT ME + Preach! and The Mersey Bears are throwing a radical Queer Pride party to honour the 50 year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots.
Sat 27th July
11am: Pre-Pride Bottomless Fizz Breakfast
Castle Street’s Sanctuary Tap provides a full breakfast to set you up for the day accompanied by bottomless fizz to get Pride off to a sparkling start. The bar typically has tables set up outside for this event so you can sit and watch the parade go by.
11.45am: Pride March from St George’s Hall
The most important part of the weekend – the annual Pride march. Liverpool’s queer community and allies come together to march through the city as a united front, to celebrate its vibrant community and continue its fight for equality and inclusivity. Meet from 10.30am.
12pm: Pride in Liverpool Festival
The main stage at Tithebarn Street! Little Boots and Saara Aalto will co-headline the main stage at this year’s Pride in Liverpool festival, topping the bill of a glittering line-up programmed by Liverpool Sound City. There will be a dedicated Youth Zone, Community Expo, food stalls, bars and market stalls and you can even catch upcoming talent on the Showcase Stage, presented in partnership with LIMF Academy.
4pm: Punk Pride
Lovelocks Coffee Shop and Liverpool Queer Collective present Punk Pride: a DIY, queer with a capital Q evening of good music, good people and good times. All wrapped in an 8-stripe rainbow flag! Expect pop-up performances, DJ sets, tea, coffee, booze and most importantly, cake.
8pm: Freddie Vs Elton – Supporting LCR Pride
With £1 from each ticket sale going to the LCR Pride Foundation, Camp + Furness pay tribute Freddie Mercury and Elton John in the wake of the popular biopics on their lives, with DJ’s, a live band, dancers and visuals.
9pm: Sonic Yootha – Yootha Say Pride
The real post-Pride party. Our old friends Sonic Yootha stage their annual Pride event for an evening of new wave, old rave, disco, electro, rock, pop and soul for homos, heteros, drag shows and don’t knows.
Sun 28th July
11am, 1pm and 3pm: Story Time with Mama G
Combining Panto, drag and the traditional art of storytelling, Mama G will be sharing tales that celebrate being who you are and loving who you want at the Museum of Liverpool.
1pm: Bottomless Sunday Lunch
Ropewalks Bar & Kitchen host unlimited gin cocktails, prosecco, bottled beer & soft drinks alongside an array of brunch dishes and a fabulous DJ.
2pm: Paddle for Pride
Get your flags ready for a paddle for pride! We’re gonna decorate our boards, our beards and whatever we like to raise pennies, awareness and support for Liverpool’s LGBTQ+ community. Setting off from Albert Dock, we’re raising money for the LCR Pride Foundation. All abilities welcome.
2pm: Drag Brunch at Revolution Cavern Quarter
At Revolution Cavern Quarter, complete with lip sync battles, drag bingo, glitter station and lots of laughs and surprises.
6.15pm: Liverpool Rainbow Chorus Rehearsal
Liverpool’s LGBT+ choir meets in John Archer Hall each Sunday evening from 6.15pm.
6.30pm: Come As You Are At Liverpool Anglican Cathedral
Open Table and Liverpool Cathedral are joining forces to host a reflective Post-Pride service in the Lady Chapel, the oldest and most beautiful part of this iconic city landmark.
Evening: Bosom Buddies at Kitty’s Show Bar
Kitty’s Show Bar – the former James Monro – host Sunday lunch with Britain’s Got Talent drag queens Bosom Buddies, along with their own Candi and Kitty. Your guess is as good as ours!
Mon 29th July
6.30pm: Film With Pride: Are You Proud?
Are You Proud? director Ashley Joiner comes to FACT for a Q&A and screening of the film. The LGBTQ+ movement in the UK has fought bruising battles for equality, and this film brings together rare archive footage and interviews from across a spectrum of historical campaigns to celebrate the movement’s landmark achievements. Gay Pride, the Gay Liberation Front and Stonewall are among the organisations recognised in a film that doesn’t just look back, but asks tough questions about the future of the Pride movement.
Lead image: Graham Smillie