St. Helens Pride is not ‘just a celebration, but acceptance’

St Helens Pride 2023 celebrations
-Credit: (Image: Richard Parkes Photography Ltd)


St Helens Pride is returning to Merseyside this month.

The festivities will take over the town during Pride Month on Saturday, June 8, as the LGBTQ+ community and its allies gather to ”celebrate love, diversity, and equality”.

From noon to 4pm, the family-friendly event will be held at The World of Glass and will include an array of activities, including entertainment, craft sessions and educational market stalls.

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Miguel Doforo of MD Productions, one of the event's key organisers, said: "St. Helens Pride is not just a celebration; it's a profound commitment to fostering understanding and acceptance across our community.

“This event provides a safe space to educate on LGBTQ+ issues while enjoying a day filled with joy and unity. We are grateful for the immense support from our delivery partners and stall-holders who have come together to make this day possible."

The events, which are free to attend, are set to offer a “dynamic environment” where the community can come together in support of LGBTQ+ inclusivity.

The marketplace will host a variety of stalls where attendees can access information, freebies, and support related to health and well-being. This year's event is especially focused on educational outreach, aiming to provide valuable resources to the community.

When it comes to entertainment, the day will feature live performances programmed by MD Productions including dancers, singers, and DJs in The World of Glass Garden.

There will also be activities such as treasure hunts and story times for children delivered by St. Helens Library Service.

Emma Cuerden, health improvement practitioner LGBT & HIV at St Helen's Integrated Sexual Health Service, added: “As an LGBT+ ally and coordinator for the LGBT+ group ‘Over the Rainbow’, which offers support for both young people and parents, I know the importance of coming together to celebrate and embrace the town's diversity.”

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