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Spring Pride in Swansea

Swansea's very first Spring Pride is taking place on Saturday 5 May with a parade and entertainment at the National Waterfront Museum.

Spring Pride

Leader of Swansea Council Rob Stewart said: "The city has a long history of supporting equality, diversity and tolerance, and I am proud to be a part of this, the very first Spring Pride in Swansea.  

"No-one should face prejudice because of their sexual orientation. Events such as Spring Pride give us the chance to come together to celebrate the diversity of our communities.

"We know that harnessing talent and allowing people to be themselves at work is hugely powerful for our companies, our economy, our society and more importantly, for the individuals themselves.

"Today's march sees LGBT+ staff from a number of Swansea's businesses and organisations, including the Council's own recently formed LGBT+ Staff Group taking part."

Spring Pride will kick off at 11am with a march through the city centre.  

Starting at Castle Square the parade will march along The Kingsway, turning left at the Potters Wheel onto West Way, then back along Oxford Street.  They'll take a right down Whitewalls before heading down Princess Way to the Waterfront Museum.

Once at the Waterfront Museum, there will be stalls, information and entertainment from midday.

Spring Pride organiser and chair of Swansea LGBT Forum, Elliott King said: "This very first Spring Pride in Swansea celebrates our diverse community and is the result of a lot of hard work and planning by the forum."  

"It's a day of celebration and entertainment, but also an important opportunity to continue championing LGBT+ rights to overcome stigma and discrimination."

Entertainment on the main stage, hosted by Drag Queen 'Ruby Slippers':
12.15 - Opening by Carolyn Harris MP, welcome from Cllr Rob Stewart with performance by Jerminators from The Mark Jermin Stage School
13.00 - Donna Males
13.30 - Poets on the Hill
14.00 - Ruby Slippers
14.30 - Jess Heald
15.00 - Maria Owen

In the Waterfront Museum's Ocean Room:
13.00 - Q&A with Chris Needs MBE
14.00 - Films from Iris Prize (suitable for children)

For the latest updates on Spring Pride, take a look at their facebook page: www.facebook.com/springprideswansea

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