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Issue No. 24 - April 2022
Marseille Pride, South of France, Sunday 26 June to Sunday 3 July - pic courtesy of Patrick Jourdheuille
Two years of banging out pride news - thank you for your support
We’ve been beating the drum for the LGBTQ+ communities, prides and venues around the world in one of the most difficult times ever for LGBTQ+ scenes.
While PinkUk has been around a long time (we founded the site in 1999) we are delighted that this is the 24th edition of our monthly newsletter, so welcome to our second year birthday! Big hugs.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our news and info over the last two years and have found this newsletter covering Pride festivals (now at more than 500 events), listings, accommodation and other community advice of assistance over what has been a challenging time for all in the LGBTQ+ communities with the pandemic, lockdowns and worldwide economic uncertainty. We started this newsletter in May 2020 to help keep the scene and businesses connected with the communities they serve. All our newsletters are archived.
This month we preview what’s happening over the Easter holiday weekend for the LGBTQ+ scene (15-18 April) and easy ways to stay in touch and get info in what we hope will be a return to some normality after two crazy years. Some big UK Prides that didn’t happen in the usual way for two years, such as Brighton & Hove Pride, have announced their line up. Let 2022 be the safe return of Prides.
With the crisis in Ukraine, we send our solidarity to our Ukrainian LGBTQ+ friends, who must cope both with homophobia as well as the crisis affecting all Ukrainians. Read my new blog where I share my thoughts as ex forces.
We’ve suspended listing venues from Ukraine to protect LGBTQ+ people. Thank you to our advertisers who have made this news possible. Hope you all have a great Easter.
Love & Pink Respect from Dave & the team,
Featured venue: Regency apartment, Brighton, Sussex, south coast
As the warmer months loom, fancy a long weekend by the sea in Brighton? This little historic Regency era gem of an apartment is located in one of Brighton's famous historic crescents. Fully renovated to a high standard with one bedroom, the owners say it suits two guests.
The apartment offers interior designed furniture and décor, making a private and comfortable stay. It also benefits from access to the square’s private gardens. The property is conveniently located for the beach and the i360 tower, which is only a minute’s walk away.
The city shopping area is close by with a short amble to the historic Brighton Lanes, the funky North Laine neighbourhood, the world famous Brighton Pavilion (palace) and the Palace Pier. What more could you wish for on a long weekend?
Featured event/pride: Leeds Pride, 2022
Leeds Pride’s organisers say they are Yorkshire's biggest celebration of LGBTQ+ life in the region. They will be back with a bang on 7 August 2022. It will be the event’s 17th year, remaining one of a very few free Pride events left in the UK. In 2019, it attracted 65,000 people, making it one of the biggest events held in the city. Leeds Pride.
More info about Leeds Pride 2022 West Yorkshire
Milestone: 500 + Pride events
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