David Kato remembered at York Gay Pride event

First published in News

THE annual York Gay Pride event taking place next month will be the biggest and most colourful yet, say organisers.

Taking place in Rowntree Park on July 30, the event will be dedicated to the memory of former University of York student David Kato, who was murdered in his own home when he returned to his native Uganda after being outed as a homosexual in newspapers there. His death came after he won a legal battle against a newspaper.

The murder of the gay rights activist in January this year was condemned around the world. US president Barack Obama also paid tribute to Mr Kato, describing him as “a powerful advocate for fairness and freedom” and saying he showed tremendous courage in speaking out against hate.

Dan Sidley, chairman of York Pride 2011, said: “We are determined to use Pride 2011 and the tragic murder of David Kato to spread the message that there is still much to be done to eradicate hate and violence against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.”

A mass release of rainbow-coloured balloons by the MP for York Central, Hugh Bayley, is planned for the day in memory of Mr Kato and to celebrate the Pride event. Music will be provided by the 60-strong (LGBT) choir Gay Abandon.

York Pride is now in its fifth year and follows the success of the 2010 gathering which saw hundreds of people meet in the park to enjoy a day of live music and entertainment.

This year the day, which runs from 1pm to 6pm, will feature music and cabaret from Bears Aloud and the Dame Shirley Bassey Experience. There will also be stalls, food and an adult bouncy castle.

For details on the event and how to buy a £5 entry wristband, email marketingyorklgbtpride@virginmedia.com

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9:36am Thu 30 Jun 11

Bo Jolly says...

It sometimes feels as though the battle for acceptance has been won in the UK - things have changed so much for the better in the past 10-15 years and it's rare to hear homophobic attitudes from political sources, even in the Tory party.
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But there are still some pretty backwards, homophobic individuals out there, aided and abetted by some pretty backwards, homophobic institutions (christian and muslim), so good luck to the Pride organisers in their battle against bigotry.
It sometimes feels as though the battle for acceptance has been won in the UK - things have changed so much for the better in the past 10-15 years and it's rare to hear homophobic attitudes from political sources, even in the Tory party. - But there are still some pretty backwards, homophobic individuals out there, aided and abetted by some pretty backwards, homophobic institutions (christian and muslim), so good luck to the Pride organisers in their battle against bigotry. Bo Jolly
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3:42pm Thu 30 Jun 11

andylaw31 says...

Note that the wristband is not for entry to the events mentioned - entry to these is free of charge.

The wristband provides free entry to the after party and discounts at shop, restaurants, bars and local attractions.
Note that the wristband is not for entry to the events mentioned - entry to these is free of charge. The wristband provides free entry to the after party and discounts at shop, restaurants, bars and local attractions. andylaw31
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5:44pm Thu 30 Jun 11

Pedro says...

Good luck to all that come along. A lot of things have changed for the worse, but at least people with minority sexualities are now more accepted than ever before. In time we may overcome racial and sexual prejudices completely. The finish line is in sight.
Good luck to all that come along. A lot of things have changed for the worse, but at least people with minority sexualities are now more accepted than ever before. In time we may overcome racial and sexual prejudices completely. The finish line is in sight. Pedro
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