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Medway Pride 2020 Steering Group

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During the summer of 2019 Hilary Cooke CEO of Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre began disussions with the Medway Pride 2019 team to discuss future plans. The result of these discussions led to the formation of a steering group to move plans forwards for a Medway Pride 2020 event.

Hilary invited Metro Charity and Intrested Parties to join the steering group. The group members are formed from the existing Medway Pride Team and representatives from LGBTQI+ organisations working in Medway & Kent.

Medway Pride Steering Steering Group Members

Chair – Hilary Cooke – CEO MGSD Centre

Member – Natasha Steer – Founder of Creatabot & lead on Medway Pride 2019 Team

Member – Martha Abernathy Member of Medway Pride 2019 Team.

Member- Mark Delacour – Director of External Affairs Metro Charity

Member – Helanna Bowler-Irvine CEO Gravesham Pride

The steering group began planning for a larger Medway Pride 2020 event #MPride2020 in August 2019.

Published: 06:00, 18 February 2020

Published: 06:00, 18 February 2020 | Updated: 20:23, 19 February 2020

Medway is to host its first LGBTQI+ Pride festival this summer with a fancy dress parade and packed programme of entertainment for the family.

Plans for the extravaganza are to be unveiled at an exhibition, entitled Outing Prejudice, at Nucleus Arts in Chatham High Street from next Friday (February 28) to Wednesday, March 4.

Organisers Hilary Cooke and Helanna Bowler-Irvine spoke to Keilan Webster at KMTV

The event on Saturday, August 22, aims to attract not only the LGBTQ+ community, but anyone who wants to celebrate diversity across the Towns.

Local talent will be showcased at Rochester Castle where there will be a grand finale. There will also be a procession from Chatham to Rochester.

The annual worldwide fiesta celebrates diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ+) community, but everyone is invited to join the party.

The steering group behind Medway Pride 2020 includes representation from Medway Gender and Sexual Diversity Centre, METRO charity which supports equality and identity issues and Creatabot, which uses creativity to promote health and wellbeing.

Hilary Cooke, chief executive of the MGSD Centre, said: “We look forward to continuing the positive conversations we have had with Medway Council in regards to the organisation of the event and believe that it is vital that Medway is on the map as an LGBTQ+ friendly area for all those who live here and might consider living here.”

Some of those who took part in Margate Pride last year	Picture: Paul Amos (15047356)
Some of those who took part in Margate Pride last year Picture: Paul Amos (15047356)

Last year saw the largest number of Pride events throughout the world and, as a result, the idea of holding one in Medway grew.

In previous years, proposals have been scuppered because of a lack of funding, but organisers are determined that 2020 is the year that it will go ahead and are appealing for community groups and organisations to participate as well as individual sponsorship. Volunteers are also needed to help out on the day which runs from 1pm to 8pm.

Information on parade registration and how to get involved is yet to be released. To find out more visit contact us

Similar festivals are already held in Margate, Canterbury, Folkestone, Dover, Tunbridge Wells, Faversham and Sheppey with Gravesend staging its inaugural event this summer.

A sell-out crowd partied the night away at the Melanie C concert at Dreamland as part of Margate Pride. Picture: Dreamland Margate (15112189)
A sell-out crowd partied the night away at the Melanie C concert at Dreamland as part of Margate Pride. Picture: Dreamland Margate (15112189)

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