Liverpool Pride - The inside story

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Mayor leading crowds at the Liverpool Pride march Liverpool Pride 2010 © Jeb Smith

Our fourth blog post instalment for OUTing the Past: The 4th National Festival of LGBT History conference, 3 February 2018, is from Joan Burnett.

Joan, a trustee of Liverpool Pride, will be presenting ‘Liverpool Pride: A Local Protest, An International Message’.

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“My talk shows the development of Liverpool Pride from a protest from grass roots reaction to a local hate crime, to a large scale public event that has become part of a city’s cultural calendar and which has consistently uses Liverpool’s status as an internationally renowned city to raise awareness of LGBT+ human rights.”

Joan has been a trustee since the very first official Liverpool Pride in 2010, with a remit around art and communities. Working with a team of volunteers, she programmes Pride at the Pictures, Liverpool Pride's film programme, with emphasis on new and classic LGBT+ film from around the world.

In 2017 she was part of the International Jury for IRIS Film Festival in Cardiff.

She works as Visitor Services Manager at FACT, Liverpool's centre for art made using technology.

people under a large Liverpool Pride banner Liverpool Pride 2010 © Jeb Smith

two women with their arms round each other Joan and her partner Ann at Pride 2015. Courtesy of Joan Burnett.