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'Coming Out' of lockdown with CI Pride

'Coming Out' of lockdown with CI Pride

Saturday 01 August 2020

'Coming Out' of lockdown with CI Pride

The Channel Islands Pride celebration organised by Liberate will take place next month.

This will be the third time Guernsey has hosted CI Pride, and Liberate has promised "the biggest coming out party the islands have ever seen."

Ongoing travel restrictions have meant that CI Pride may be the only in-person Pride celebration to take place in the UK, or even Europe, this year. Liberate hopes to welcome Isle of Man visitors to the celebration through the ongoing air tunnel.

“We are very excited to be able to proceed with our Pride as planned,” said Ellie Jones, Liberate CEO and CI Pride Director. “We know how incredibly lucky we are here in Guernsey to be able to host an event like this, this year,”

“We are looking forward to welcoming people from the Isle of Man as Aurigny are putting in a special weekend Pride flight. We want to give them an especially warm welcome as they had to cancel what would have been their first ever Pride event.”

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The theme for Pride 2020 is centred around ‘coming out,’ and will focus on visibility in both daily life and representation in media, to help LGBTQ+ islanders to feel supported, included, valued and acknowledged.

CI Pride will also shine a spotlight on solidarity between LGBTQ+ people and their allies, and on the need for diversity, given the challenging events that have taken place this year.

For the 6th year, CI Pride will be sponsored by The Cooperative Society. 

“This event is one that brings together not only the LGBTQ+ community but the Channel Islands as a whole, and that community spirit has never been needed more than now after recent months,” said CE Mark Cox.

“We know we can make huge changes if we unite together as a community and the Co-op are proud to be at the forefront of that by sponsoring the march.”

Events taking place during Pride will include ‘Drag Queen Story Time’ at the Douvres Hotel, a Carbaret party hosted by Ivy Paige at the Peninsula Hotel, and a post-Pride afternoon pool party and barbecue on the Sunday.

A detailed schedule of events can be found HERE

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