talking about Liverpool City Centre’s latest iconic piece of public art – the
eye-catching Pride flag-inspired rainbow coloured steps at Clayton Square.
City Council has brought colour to the steps to show its support for this
weekend’s Pride march through the city centre. Images of the steps have already
been viewed more than a quarter of a million times on
the council’s social media channels and are proving to be a popular talking
point both in Liverpool and beyond.
Council staff members will be stepping out in style this Saturday (27 July) to
support Liverpool’s annual March with Pride.
annual march is organised the LCR Pride Foundation and is a show of solidarity
for Liverpool and Merseyside’s LGBTQ+ communities.
And this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever with a record-breaking 10,000 people expected to take to the streets.
Andi Herring and John
Bird, Co-Founders of LCR Pride Foundation, added: “The unveiling of the rainbow steps in the city
centre just ahead of the city’s annual ‘March with Pride’ and annual Pride
festival is a brilliant way to start what promises to be a fantastic weekend.
LCR Pride Foundation is committed to working with like-minded organisations
across the city region to ensure that we achieve our vision of making the
Liverpool City Region the most LGBTQ+ friendly in the UK and collaborating with
partners like Liverpool City Council is key to this.”
Last year a delegation from Liverpool City Council joined the march for the first time. This year it is anticipated that more than 100 members of staff from all departments will take part.
City Council Careline Customer Advisor Jay O’Keeffe, who sits on the council’s Equality and Diversity panel added: “It’s amazing to be part of Pride in Liverpool and I am proud that the city council is taking such an active role in this year’s celebrations. I would urge as many people to come along on Saturday and support equality and diversity and Liverpool’s LGBT community.”
In preparation for the big day, pride flags have been flying from council buildings, including The Cunard and Town Hall, all week.
#TeamLCC consists of staff members from sports centres, Adult Services, Children and Young People’s Services, Housing Options, ICT and the Mayor’s Office and more.
Stefan Price, who works for Marketing Liverpool, and volunteers for the LCR
Pride Foundation, said: “Pride in Liverpool is one of Europe’s largest free
Pride festivals, with over 200 volunteers coming together to make sure that the
city can shout loud and proud. We couldn’t put it without the support of
partners across the city, including the city council. It’s great to have so
many organisations doing their bit to help make Pride 2019 a great event.”
in Liverpool has been designed to be as close as possible to the anniversary of
the death of Michael Causer in 2008. Michael was just 18 years old when he
suffered a brutal, homophobic attack in the city.
The official meeting point for the march is St George’s Hall Plateau at 10.30am on Saturday 27 July. The parade will begin at around 11.45am and take a route along Whitechapel, Lord Street, Victoria Street and Dale Street before finishing in Tithebarn Street – the official home of the Pride in Liverpool.
Lord Mayor of
Liverpool, Cllr Peter Brennan said: “The flag is flying above the town hall and we are
all looking forward to Saturday. In fact we can’t wait! Once again, Liverpool
is going to be the place to be this weekend and we are ready to show the world
that Liverpool stands up to prejudice and is all about equality and love.”