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Pride is an event or festival where LGBT people and their allies can protest against discrimination, promote equality, celebrate individuality and be highly visible within society. The first Pride event was organised in 1970 on the first anniversary of the spontaneous riots that had followed a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in New York City. Soon after the riots, participants began to organise themselves in to activist groups to campaign for gay rights. Today many see the riots as the watershed of the gay rights movement.   

Soon the idea of a Pride festival spread to other cities and countries. In 1979 Liverpool held an unofficial Pride event, one of the first to be held in the UK. Further community-led Pride festivals were held in Liverpool in 1990, 1991 and 1992.

In 2008 the newly created Liverpool LGBT Network made the establishment of an official, regular, city-wide Pride event one of their main campaigns.  A motion in support of Liverpool Pride was put forward on 28 January 2009. It was approved by 74 votes to two.

Since 2010 Liverpool has held an annual official Pride festival around the weekend of the anniversary of the death of Michael Causer, a Liverpool teenager who was killed in a homophobic attack in the Summer of 2009.



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