Local prides are popping up all over the North West and the Metropolitan Borough of Trafford was identified as one of the Greater Manchester authorities not covered by a local pride event (along with Stockport which also has its first pride event in July). With an evident lack of services and support for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in the area, local campaigner for LGBT awareness and acceptance Christopher Oatway - who organised the first pride event in his hometown of Wythenshawe, last year - decided to explore the opportunity of holding such an event to promote acceptance locally and raise awareness of the services in the city centre of Manchester but struggled to find a suitable venue. 

A volunteer and formerly director of local radio service Trafford Sound, a fellow director spoke to the chairman of the Altrincham District Festival about the possibility of incorporating the pride aspect. Upon agreement, they involved Chris and plans developed to create a section of the site at Beech Fields for the promotion of LGBT services and to celebrate the normality and local presence of LGBT people.

There will be a reflective entry into the parade, along with entertainment from acts and drag queens, and stands showcasing organisations, businesses and social groups who support and help LGBT people.

As part of the festival, the event is inclusive and open to anyone but those interested in getting involved and finding out more can find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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