York’s gay Pride, which achieved widespread media coverage in 2012 with the first gay Pride Parade through the historic city of York, is to join with the City’s professional football and rugby league teams for York Pride 2013 to take a groundbreaking stand against homophobia in sport – backed by Greg Dyke, the new Chairman of the Football Association!
The Saturday 1st June event will again begin with a Pride Parade (meet at the Minster at 12-00 to leave at 12-15) carrying a 100m long rainbow flag through the ancient streets of York and passing the Mansion House, where a rainbow flag will fly – but this year the Parade will also include professional rugby league players, the mascots from York City FC and York City Knights and many of the City’s politicians to send out the message that York will not tolerate homophobia and prejudice in sport.
York City Knight’s Head Coach, Gary Thornton, and Sophie Hicks, Director of York City FC, will speak at the start of the Parade outside York Minster, together with Leader of the City Council, Cllr James Alexander. Later in the day, York Central MP, Hugh Bayley and York Outer MP, Julian Sturdy, will address the crowd, together with representatives of major York employer, Benenden Health, the main sponsor of the event.
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