Hull to be at the forefront of national LGBT 50 celebrations

Here's why Hull is the place to be this summer.


Tom Arran


Hull will be at the forefront of national events to mark 50 years since the start of sexual freedom in the UK, when it hosts LGBT 50, a week-long festival presented by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 in association with Sewell Group and supported by Spirit of 2012.


Pride in Hull gets things started on 22 July with the first ever UK Pride, which includes a parade featuring Duckie’s 50 Queers for 50 Years, 50 handmade LGBT+ icons ranging from stately homos Freddie Mercury and Clare Balding to Hull favourites including a 3D replica of Hull gay pub Frankies Vauxhall Tavern. There will also be a free concert featuring Marc Almond, Sonia, B*Witched, Cleopatra, X-Factor Sean Miley Moore, Blonde Electra and Bobby Mandrel.


House of Kings and Queens, photo by Lee Price


International documentary photographer Lee Price will launch a powerful new exhibition called House of Kings and Queens on 27 July, the day which marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 that decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men in England and Wales. Captured in Sierra Leone, where homosexuality remains illegal, Price’s powerful images offer a glimpse into the house where inhabitants can live without oppression, exposing what it means to be gay in Hull’s sister city Freetown.


Duckie Tea Party Photo Victoria Sin, photo by Almass Badat


The festival closes on 29 July with A Duckie Summer Tea Party. While waiters in black tie serve tea and cake, be entertained by Into the Light, a spectacular Yorkshire Dance piece by Gary Clarke; The Sugar Dandies; Bird La Bird; Victoria Sin; Liz Carr; Topher Campbell; and London Gay Big Band.


The week culminates with I Feel Love, a special concert to be broadcast live on BBC Radio 2 and Red Button on TV. Part of the BBC’s Gay Britannia season, the concert will be presented by Scissor Sisters’ front woman and Radio 2 presenter Ana Matronic and BBC Radio 1’s Scott Mills. It will feature a stellar line-up of artists including Will Young, Alison Moyet, Marc Almond, Bright Light Bright Light, Noah Stewart, Tom Robinson and West Yorkshire’s LGBT choir Gay Abandon.


Other highlights throughout the week include a film festival supported by the British Film Institute with Hull Independent Cinema, Polari’s Literary Salon, a new piece of theatre called Lads N Lasses, a comedy showcase and a series of talks at the University of Hull.


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