Manchester Pride adopts new rainbow flag with black and brown stripes

Original rainbow flag with additional stripes in Philadelphia

Manchester Pride is adopting a new rainbow flag for their celebrations and events this year. The new rainbow flag includes a black and brown stripe in acknowledgement of LGBTI people of color within the community.

The eight-stripe flag will be their official banner for all 2019 events.

First adopted by the city of Philadelphia in 2017, the flag is a variation of Gilbert Baker’s original rainbow flag. As the original adopters in Philadelphia explained, the expanded flag ‘to highlight black and brown LGBTQIA members within the city’s community’.

Manchester Pride organizers released a statement about their adoption of the new flag:

‘For many years, the LGBT+ community has collectively stood under the iconic six-stripe rainbow flag. But in the 40 years since its creation, the community has evolved into many facets, with each one creating and identifying with their own symbols and flags.’

Mark Fletcher, chief executive of Manchester Pride, added the flag must be a symbol that adapts to ‘reflect the modern society that we live in’.

He continued: ‘A lot has happened but there is still a long way to go, especially in the recognition of people of colour in the LGBT+ community.’

The event also released a new video about 2019 Pride:

‘Mine is the Pride, of a burning passion, a yearning inclusion of all,’ a voice says over the video. ‘We celebrate as one, campaigning, remembering, this battle’s not yet been won.’

The new eight-stripped flag can also be seen in the video,

It’s not the only change coming Manchester Pride’s way.

They also announced a change today to their musical format, including a new name and location. The event will now be known as Manchester Pride Live and take place at Mayfield, close to Piccadilly Station.

A controversial flag

Not everyone appreciates the new look to the rainbow flag.

A poll released last year showed that 58% of respondents don’t like the addition of the black and brown stripes. Most of this opposition came from gay men, particularly older men over 50.

White people also largely opposed the new stripes.

The people who approved the new stripes were mostly those between the ages of 18 and 29.

It’s also not the only change to the rainbow flag. A Puerto Rican artist last year unveiled a new form of the flag, acknowledging both people of color and trans people in the community. A church in Calgary flew this flag design in August.

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Manchester Pride announces new location for annual music festival

Rita Ora on stage at Manchester Pride.

Manchester Pride will look quite different this year, kissing The Big Festival goodbye to welcome a brand new musical format.

One of the most popular LGBTI events across the UK, Manchester Pride has announced a change in location for the annual music festival. The event, formerly known as The Big Weekend, will also have a new name.

The hotly anticipated music event will be now known as Manchester Pride Live. It will take place at Mayfield, close to Piccadilly Station, a 24-acre regeneration site that will be turned into a new residential area.

As usual, the whole Pride festival will take place over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (23-26 August).

Manchester Pride Festival 2019 will include Manchester Pride Live, the Candlelit Vigil, the alcohol-free space Superbia Weekend, the Gay Village Gathering and the parade. Furthermore, there will be a Youth Pride MCR, an event for those between 16-25.

Pride is also committed to shaping more inclusive events for families, LGBTI people of color and women.

Manchester Pride Live

The music event will take place on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August.

Partygoers should expect about 30 artists across two stages in and around the Mayfield Depot, part of the former Mayfield Station site. Organizers said that world class acts will perform each day in a ticket-only party.

Watch the video announcing the new format:

What happened to the city’s Gay Village?

‘Manchester’s Gay Village always has and always will be the heart of the Manchester Pride Festival,’ say the organizers.

‘Manchester Pride has committed over £300,000 of investment into the reimagined Gay Village site, which has undergone much change as a result of development in the area over the past five years. It will remain a ticketed part of the festival and will be a focal point for the huge celebratory weekend.’

The annual parade will remain the same, welcoming revelers across the city on Saturday afternoon.

2019 will also see the creation of the Gay Village Gathering. This will be a street party with community performances in Sackville Gardens, plus markets and parties across the village’s venues.

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Coronation Street actors among new ambassadors for Manchester Pride

Manchester Pride has appointed new ambassadors for next year’s Pride.

They have recruited four ambassadors to help spread the word of the hard work and commitment carried out all year round to turn Pride into a reality.

Manchester Pride is one of the biggest LGBTI events in the UK, usually celebrated the last weekend of August.

Lucy Spraggan is one of the new ambassadors

Among the new ambassadors for 2019, there is singer/songwriter Lucy Spraggan.

The former X Factor star has been playing at The Big Weekend for ten years. The concert is the annual Pride music festival which takes place every year on August Bank Holiday weekend.

‘I am very excited to be an ambassador for Manchester Pride,’ she commented.

‘I’m so looking forward to getting stuck in with what Manchester Pride is all about, not just for The Big Weekend but all year round.

She furthermore added: ‘They do such amazing charity work and at the Spring Benefit this year there was a video about helping young people overcome the struggles of being out which, as an LGBTI person myself, really opened my eyes.’

Coronation Street and Hollyoaks on the frontline

Coronation Street stars Daniel Brocklebank and Dolly-Rose Campbell are also ambassadors for 2019. Moreover, Hollyoaks actress Annie Wallace also became an ambassador in late 2017.

Both Dolly-Rose Campbell and Daniel Brocklebank, who play Gemma Winter and Billy Mayhew on the Manchester-based soap, are regulars at Manchester Pride events. The actors have taken part in the parade on the Coronation Street float in recent years.

Dolly-Rose Campbell discussed becoming a newly appointed ambassador for the charity in 2018.

‘I am thrilled to be an ambassador for Manchester Pride. The work that Manchester Pride does throughout the year to engage with and create opportunities for people in Manchester’s LGBTI community and beyond makes a huge difference to so many people’s lives and I am very much looking forward to getting involved in their fantastic charity work.’

Manchester Pride will say goodbye to its usual location

Manchester Pride has recently released a video with the highlights of the festival. The clip also features iconic moments in the LGBTI community history.

The charity has confirmed 2019 Pride will take place during the usual Bank Holiday weekend. Nonetheless, next year’s festival will look a bit different than usual.

The LGBTI parade will move out of its iconic location due to property developments in the area.

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