World first! Every city secondary school to take part in York Pride parade

The York Pride bus sets off from Duncombe Place in the 2016 parade. Photograph: Richard McDougall
1 Jun 2017 @ 5.00 am
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York is set to create a world first this month.

Every city secondary school is taking part in the York Pride parade on June 10 – thought to be the first time anywhere in the world that an LGBT Pride event has achieved the full inclusion of its local schools.

Students and teachers from these secondary schools will be there:

All Saints RC
Archbishop Holgate’s
Joseph Rowntree
Manor CoE
Tadcaster Grammar
Vale of York
York High

They will be joined by Bootham and other schools under a York area schools supporting York Pride banner. In total, 13 secondary schools from within and around the city will be on the parade, from the Minster to the Knavesmire.

‘Incredible achievement’

One of the young people involved in last year’s York Pride. Photograph: Richard McDougall

“It is absolutely incredible that all of York’s secondary schools are taking part in Pride this year,” said Greg Stephenson, chair of York Pride.

“York Pride has developed excellent relationships with local schools, which have such a pivotal role in supporting LGBT rights and shaping the attitudes of young people growing up in York.

“To have them all there in our Pride parade will be truly heart-warming and an incredible achievement.”

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive at Stonewall, Britain’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, said: “This is great news! What a wonderful gesture to have every single secondary school in the area joining the Pride parade.”

Pride vice-chair and lead contact with the schools Julian Rudd is equally thrilled. He said:

This is so very meaningful for people like me, who grew up with Government legislation that prevented teachers from reassuring LGBT kids or helping direct them to sources of advice.

Secondary school is a key stage in our development and LGBT kids can feel very isolated.

I am so proud to say that York Pride and our schools have managed to achieve this landmark alliance to tackle prejudice.

York Pride 2017

Parade starts at York Minster

Sat Jun 10 @ 11.45am

York Pride website

The parade will begin at 11:45am from The Minster and culminate at The Knavesmire for an afternoon of live music, food, drink, and activities.

This year, S-Club Party will headline the main stage and there will be a full fairground for all ages to attend

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Under the bunting on Bishopthorpe Road in the 2015 York Pride. Photograph © Duncan Lomax / Ravage Productions

Across the city, secondary schools have adopted policies which aim to tackle LGBT-phobia and support the celebration of diversity and inclusion.

Themed lessons and events will take place at the schools during the lead in to York Pride.

It speaks volumes about this city and its people that we will break new ground and make such a clear link between our schools and our Pride.

– Mary Weastell, Chief Executive of City of York Council

Manor Academy is delighted to be attending its first ever Pride march, which is made even more special given the unprecedented significance of having all secondary schools there on the day

– Sarah Richards, Manor teacher

The positive response of our students has shown that when schools are brave enough to fight prejudice in whatever form their students are fully responsive

– David Ellis, head at York High

Joseph Rowntree School is incredibly proud to be part of this year’s York Pride celebrations. We are a school committed to promoting and embracing diversity and individuality

– Ryan Wilson, head of English at Joseph Rowntree