LGBTQ+ event in Harrogate to focus minds on Pride parade in 2024
Nov 20, 2023
Harrogate Pride parade
Harrogate's last Pride Parade, in 2019.

Members of Harrogate’s LGBTQ+ community will be holding a free event at Revolución de Cuba on Parliament Street this week. 

One Love, which is organised by Harrogate Pride Events, is intended as an inclusive event where like-minded people can meet up, drink, dance and relax in a safe space. 

Organiser and DJ Craig Joynson told the Stray Ferret: 

“We’re not charging any money for this. It’s really somewhere you can be yourself and relax with other people who are being themselves too. 

“It’s also a way of letting people know that there is an LGBTQ community here in Harrogate.” 

One Love is the latest in a series of such events that have been held at various places around the town, including a packed evening at Major Tom’s Social on the August Bank Holiday, quiz nights at Lilypad and a regular evening at The Disappearing Chin on the first Friday of each month.

Mr Joynson and other members of the LGBTQ community hope these events will all help to focus efforts to put on a Pride parade in Harrogate next year. He said: 

“That’s the ambition over the longer term. There were a few Pride parades held in Harrogate before the lockdowns and they were very successful, so we’d really like to bring them back. 

“We’ve got a committee now, which is in talks about the council about holding an event, but we don’t know yet where or when it will be held, or even if we have permission, so it’s very much in its infancy.” 

One Love will be held at Revolución de Cuba on Friday, November 24, from 7pm. 

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