A WEEK of LGBTQ pride celebrations began yesterday in a northern Pennine valley.
Calder Valley in West Yorkshire is bounded by steep hillsides below which nestle the small towns of Todmorden, Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd, Luddendenfoot and Sowerby Bridge.
Both Todmorden and Hebden Bridge have in past years been dubbed the “lesbian capital of Britain.”
Happy Valley Pride celebration shares its name with the Happy Valley crime drama TV series, starring Sarah Lancashire, which was filmed in Hebden Bridge.
The town is hosting the celebrations with 19 events at 14 venues.
One of them is the town’s cinema, one of the few remaining publicly owned cinemas in Britain, run by the local town council.
Mike Stephens is chair of Happy Valley Pride 2017, which has the theme Heroes. “Heroes inspire you to follow your dreams, embody your beliefs and give you extra fire in your belly when you need that inner strength,” he said.
“Our core focus has always been to celebrate LGBTQ life and to eradicate discrimination through education and engagement.”
“Pride enables a positive stance against discrimination towards LGBTQ people, promotes equality and celebrates sexual diversity and gender variance.”
The week started with a Pride Special social at the Old Gate pub in Hebden Bridge last night. Other events include art exhibitions, literature, films, comedy evenings, a church service, picnic, workshops, cabaret and dance. It ends on Sunday.
The first Pride celebration was staged in Calder Valley last year.
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