MKFM was proud to support Milton Keynes' first ever 'gay pride' inclusion and awareness event on Saturday 11th August 2012.
It was a chance for everyone in MK to have fun and show their support for the LGBT community.
The event began with a parade through CMK from 11am followed by a funday in Campbell Park featuring:
- Family Picnic Area
- Dog Show
- Emmetts Park Rides
- Gift Stall Holders
- Food Stall Holders
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MK PRIDE PARADE
The event was headed by local MP Iain Stewart. “Our aim is to raise awareness and encourage inclusive behaviour. Milton Keynes is vibrant, young, energetic and colourful and we should be allowed to celebrate this,” said joint organiser, Jo Green.
The event was also supported by Thames Valley Gay Police Association, the Gay Prison Officers Association, QAlliance, HQMK youth group and Pink Punters.
Jo says: “We’re hoping more than 2,000 people will take part. It’s been said that one in 10 people is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. In Milton Keynes we have a population of 210,000, so that’s potentially 21,000 people.”
The aim is to encourage the whole community in MK to accept LGBT residents and officials without prejudice.
“Although a lot of people may be out, they still seem to be hiding,” said Jo. “We want to encourage acceptance – to allow members of the LGBTQ community (the Q stands for questioning) to be who they are without feeling threatened or that it is necessary to change their behaviour because they feel awkward or stared at. I want to be able to go for a coffee in a cafe and hold hands with my girlfriend without having to hide my feelings away. More than anything I want people to come along to our first MK Pride and be proud to take part.”
MP Iain Stewart agrees: “It’s a fantastic idea and I would be honoured to lead the march,”
The funday in Campbell Park will feature live music from...
For more details check out the website http://www.mkpride.org.uk/
Celebr8MK Parade, 11 August, 2012 - parade will gather in Campbell Park, at 11am for 12pm start.
The Route: Out of Campbell Park, turn right to Marlborough Gate and at the end turn left into Silbury Boulevard. Then left into Saxon Gate then back to park via Avebury Boulevard
Due to the parade, the following roads will be closed between 12:00-16:00 on 11th Aug.
Saxon Gate (H5 to H6)