On Saturday 25th of June, members of CCCq, together with friends and partners, took part in the London Pride Parade. The weather favoured us with only one short drizzle of rain, and everyone was in great mood, excited and proud to represent Canterbury Christ Church University. There was a lot of standing around to begin with as the 40,000 strong parade got organised, but that gave us time to get to our banner up and take a group shot!
Once we got moving, the atmosphere and the support from the crowd was fantastic. There were a few excited cheers for us as well, from people with some connection to CCCU – some students watching the Parade clearly recognised their university and were excited to see it represented. There were also several messages of support for the Orlando victims, both in the Parade and among the public, underlying the continued importance of LGBT+ dedicated Prides and other events.
Here are a few more pictures from the day to give you a flavour of the event. Hopefully next year you can join us! To find out more about CCCq events and how to get involved, please email email@example.com
We are delighted to be marching at the London Pride 2016 on Saturday 25th of June. Everyne wishing to support LGBTIQ staff and students at CCCU is welcome to join us, so if you work or study at CCCU please come along. Partners, family, friends and allies are also all very welcome.
Please see our Eventbrite page here for details of time and place and to register your attendance so that we have an idea of numbers.
See you there!
On Saturday 28 June, members of the University’s staff LGBTIQ Network, ‘CCCq – United in Pride’, students, friends and partners braved the rain to join a record-breaking 30,000 people marching at London Pride 2014.
Representing the University, the group marched together as a visible network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer/questioning members of the Christ Church community.
The theme of this year’s parade was ‘#FreedomTo’ – with organisers asking individuals and groups to share their stories of what freedom to be themselves means to them. The parade began in Baker Street and travelled along Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Pall Mall and Trafalgar Square before ending at Whitehall.
Throughout the day tens of thousands of people enjoyed musical performances in Trafalgar Square, from artists such as Sinitta, Samantha Fox and Sam Bailey. The event came to a spectacular finale when Pride in London’s patron, Sir Ian McKellan, introduced to the stage this year’s headline act, Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst.
Danny Ball, Chair of CCCq − United in Pride said: “Despite the rain it was a fantastic day and it was great to be a part of the biggest ever London Pride! The event is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the LGBTIQ community and I’m proud to represent our University at this important event.”
CCCq – United in Pride is open to all colleagues regardless of their sexuality.
Co-ordinated by Canterbury Christ Church University’s staff LGBTIQ network, CCCq, staff and students from the university will be marching together as a visible network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer/questioning members of the University community at London Pride on Saturday 28 June 2014.
The London Pride Parade is a procession of walking groups and floats which together march through the streets of Central London to celebrate the LGBTIQ community.
The University is proud of its diverse community and the belief in the inherent dignity and potential of every person is one of the University’s core values. Regardless of your sexuality, help us to shine with pride, by marching with us on Saturday 28 June!
To register your interest in marching at London Pride, click the button below: