Liverpool Pride – Love is no crime

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Liverpool Pride March 2013 St Georges Quarter Liverpool Pride March 2013 St Georges Quarter © David Munn This Saturday, 1 August, the annual Liverpool Pride festival takes place celebrating the city’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities (LGBT). Liverpool Pride takes on a different theme every year and now, at its sixth annual event, in 2015 focuses on ‘Love Is No Crime’. From around 2pm on Saturday 1 August World Museum will display three ‘gaylien’ costumes, from this year’s march, in the foyer. These costumes have been designed and constructed by Brian Hanlon, an art practitioner with specialist skills in performance design, and are based on aliens to signify that love is no crime, even on Mars! Almost Finished! One of the Gaylien costumes for the March. Almost Finished! One of the Gaylien costumes for the March. A free programme of events is planned for Saturday, starting with the Pride Muster at 10.30am at St George’s Plateau, including entertainment and speakers. This will be followed by the popular and poignant Liverpool Pride March which this year, for the first time ever, will pass through Liverpool’s Stanley Street Quarter. Following on from this there will be an afternoon of events planned in St Johns Garden including The Pride Pink Picnic, with pink lemonade and afternoon tea, an education and community zone, market area, food and drink stalls, Picturehouse travelling cinema, acoustic music workshops, family zone and speakers corner, with special guests in attendance. To keep up to date with all Liverpool Pride announcements visit National Museums Liverpool has recently been awarded a grant by the Art Fund to expand its collection of works at the Walker Art gallery representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) themes. This is in addition to a grant received from the Esmée Fairbairn Collections Fund for our ‘Pride and Prejudice’ project, which we will develop in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove. ‘Pride and Prejudice’ is a two-year project, that will tackle the challenges faced across the museum sector, by realising the full potential of LGBT collections to ensure that objects and stories within these collections are fully researched, sensitively interpreted and made accessible online and through display to a wide and diverse audience.