LGBT London will come together in the new year for the first-ever Winter Pride UK.
Set to take place on February 8, Winter Pride will bring together the biggest LGBT club brands and international DJs for a giant celebration. The focus is embracing equality, diversity and inclusivity, and the fostering of mutual respect between all demographic groups, irrespective of background, race, religion, gender and, of course, sexuality.
Winter Pride UK’s ‘inside pride’ at London’s Tobacco Dock has space for over 3,000 people throughout the night. Some of the iconic names involved so far include Popstarz, One Love, Work, MINT, Exilio, Bear Necessity, East Bloc – east London’s coolest late night gay club, Gaydio – the LGBT radio, g3 magazine, Out In The City magazine and Gaydar.
To make the atmosphere one of guilt-free fun, £1 from every ticket sale will go to the Terrence Higgins Trust and the proceeds of a raffle to Stonewall. The community vault spaces are also free to charitable organisations.
Kiera Ridge, Community Fundraising Manager at Terrence Higgins Trust, said: “We’re thrilled that Winter Pride have chosen our charity to benefit from their inaugural event. This kind of community event is vital, not only for raising funds but also creating a great opportunity for the LGBT community to come together and celebrate. We couldn’t be more grateful for their support.”
On the night, the Winter Pride UK Awards will also take place. Hosted by celebrity, Jodie Harsh and including a new Art Award, the awards will be targeted at both emerging and established artists with a cash prize of £1000 for the winner. Many famous faces appear across the awards, including Ian McKellen, Clare Balding, Gareth Thomas, Nicola Adams, Heather Peace, Angel Haze, Daniel Radcliffe and national treasure, Stephen Fry, who said, “I am thrilled to be nominated as LGBT Luminary of the Year for Winter Pride UK. Artistic and cultural events of this kind are so important for the well being of the LGBT community”.