Gay Pride is a concept that pulses through the United Kingdom; parades, festivals, and parties fill the streets of the London, Brighton, Glasgow, and everywhere. The English love their party and the stranger you are, the more you fit in. So take the time and get your gay on at these celebrations of diversity, love, and equality.
The celebration isn’t all about parades and parties, come to the Rainbow Film Festival held in Shropshire between October 11-13, 2013 and celebrate with your partner. There is a series of pre-festival screenings and Sunday Shorts you can attend to get in the mood for the festival and enjoy with friends. Confirmed for this year’s festival is the appearance of Peter Tatchell. He will take part in a Q&A following the viewing of Out in East Berlin on Sunday at 1:30 pm. This is the perfect event for the couple looking for a weekend date event with viewing leading into October.
For 20 years Glasgow has hosted and celebrated the Glasgay Festival. Come out November 9th through 13th, 2013 and celebrate this long running festival that is more than just pride but a legacy of art, culture, film, music and more. There are so many events at the festival, you and your partner need to just go through the list to find all that you want to do. Perhaps you will choose the Maw Broon Monologues. Commissioned for this year’s festival the shows will start on Wednesday October 30th at the Tron Theatre. The story is an hilarious, heart stopping, store of the reality and quest for true love and happiness. Do not stop here, give many of the events a try as you explore Glasgay!
Cardiff Mardi Gras 2013
Finish out August with a trip to Millennium Stadium in Cardiff-Wales at the Cardiff Mardi Gras celebration. This is a magnificent celebration if the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. New to the stadium, the festival director hopes to that the new partnership will promote equality and diversity in Wales while providing a fun atmosphere for families and couples. There will be cabaret, drag, and local acts to entertain the crowd also with dicussions and events for teens and children. Local traders, cuisine, and a funfair will round out the Cardiff Mardi Gras event. Come out on August 31st, see the parade, choose a fun costume, and share with your partner a day of merriment. With so many ways to meet people from the gay bars to Gay Network you can meet your partner and enjoy some fantastic dates in Wales.
While many festivals focus on gay pride, Sparkle in Manchester celebrates the life, joys, and challenges of the transgender. Held every July, start planning on attending this event with your partner in 2014. Sparkle is the National weekend of celebrating the transgender lifestyle no matter if you are living a transgendered life every day, part-time, or easing into it with dressing up when you are comfortable. Every person who finds Sparkle and joins the culture will find a place where they fit. Manchester welcomes you to a world of exploration and acceptance.