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Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds are proud to reveal the new faces of Leeds Pride Family

Leeds Pride Family - winner - Mark Douglas

(The winning photo - Giovana Monteiro and Marina Britto - photo by Mark Douglas)

 

After two weeks of searching for the new faces of #LeedsPrideFamily images, the winning photos have been chosen!

Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds teamed up to run a photo competition to find the faces of Leeds Pride. The call out asked members of the Leeds LGBT+ community to submit photographs of themselves, family and friends demonstrating their own sense of pride.

After receiving lots of excellent entries, the team at Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds faced an extremely difficult task of choosing one overall winner and three runner up photographs.

The winning photograph was taken by Mark Douglas at last year’s Leeds Pride event. When asked what Leeds Pride means to him, Mark said: ‘For me Leeds Pride is about being a human and about valuing diversity, it's about not allowing others to make us feel shame because of who we are. It's about having a great day out.’

Giovana Monteiro, one of the two girls in the photo, had come from Brazil to attend Leeds Pride: ‘Leeds Pride 2016 was my first experience at a Pride and it couldn't have been better. It is wonderful to have a space to celebrate love, mainly in a world where differences are seen as obstacles, not bridges. I appreciate the opportunity of being part of such a great event. Many thanks to Leeds Pride who make me feel safe and respected, no matter what.

 

Leeds Pride Family Runner Up - Alison Tebby

(Runner up - Alison Tebby and family) 

 

The winning photo will be the lead image for activity promoting Leeds Pride, and Leeds as an inclusive city, and will feature on printed and online marketing material both in and out of the city for the next two years. The runner up images will be used online across Leeds Pride and VisitLeeds’ websites and social media channels.

This year’s Leeds Pride is back with a weekend of events on 5th and 6th August. The famous Leeds Pride Parade returns Sunday afternoon, taking over the city centre with a rainbow procession complete with over 60 floats and 5 hours of entertainment.

Alison Tebby, one of the runners up, had this to say : ‘We are so grateful that Pride exists & that we are able to show our daughters that there is so much diversity in this world. Being able to attend for the first time as a family last year made us so proud to show that there are families like us in Leeds & we are accepted, we can celebrate who we are & we don't have to hide anymore. We've come a long way since I was a child & hope the future is even better.’

Janie Marie Swann, another runner up, commented: ‘I love Leeds pride as it's such a big and friendly weekend that everyone can enjoy.’

 

Leeds Pride Family runner up - Janie Marie Swann and friends

(Runner up - Janie Marie Swann and friends)

 

Councillor Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council said:

‘Leeds is a welcoming city that celebrates diversity across all our communities. Leeds Pride is one of the city’s most popular events and one that continues to go from strength to strength each year. This is a great opportunity to show the world that Leeds is an inclusive, friendly place to live, work and visit.'

Head of VisitLeeds, Jennifer Young commented:

We are very grateful to all those who submitted their photographs. The number and range of images we received really reflects the diverse LGBT+ community and the strong sense of pride here in Leeds. We look forward to using this new suite of imagery to promote the inclusive and welcoming nature of Leeds across the UK and internationally.


www.leedspride.com

 

(Runner up - Nigel Rankin and Leon Glascott credit Contakt Photography) 

Leeds Pride Family Runner Up - Nigel Rankin and Leon Glascott credit Contakt Photography

 

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Hilary Farmery
Marketing and communications manager
VisitLeeds
Phone: 07891 270460
Email: Hilary.Farmery@visitleeds.gov.uk

 

NOTES TO EDITORS

Leeds Pride is Yorkshire's biggest celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* life. Running since 2006 and is now the largest Pride in the UK to still be a completely free event with over 40,000 people attending over the weekend. It is also considered the UK's friendliest Pride.
High resolution images are available from www.leedspride.com
The economic impact of Leeds Pride 2016 on the city centre was over £3m.
Leeds Pride 2016 was awarded the Leeds Lifestyleaward – Best Large Event and Radio Aire Heroes Award - Leeds Best Event.
Leeds Pride currently have nearly 9,000 Facebook likes and 8,000 twitter followers.

VisitLeeds is an organisation run by Leeds City Council that aims to promote and showcase the variety of attractions on offer in Leeds and the surrounding area. Their vision is for Leeds to be a world-class, modern and historic European destination with a reputation for a vibrant and creative cultural scene set against the backdrop of rich heritage and outstanding architecture
Leeds is the third largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, attracting over 26 million visitors annually from both the UK and abroad.
One of the greenest cities in Europe, Leeds is the third best shopping destination in the UK outside of London, and has a unique array of independent and well -known retail firms gracing the city centre and beyond.
Leeds boasts four major theatres, over 16 museums and galleries and is currently bidding for the title to become European Capital of Culture 2023 - the competition can only be hosted by the UK five times per century and was last hosted in 2008 when Liverpool won the title.
A thriving economy boasts strengths in financial and professional services, manufacturing, health and digital, and with excellent road, rail and air links, it is a perfect gateway for tourist and business visitors to the Yorkshire region.
Leeds is also a world class sporting destination having hosted the greatest ever Grand Depart in 2014, Rugby World Cup 2015 and this year hosting the Columbia Threadneedle Triathlon for the second year running as well as being home to Yorkshire Cricket and Leeds Rhinos.