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Pride In Liverpool Has Announced Its Events Are Going Virtual This Year

By Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd

You can submit videos and images that will feature in the online march.

Organisers of Pride in Liverpool organisers have announced that its 2021 events will be moving online for a consecutive year. LCR Pride Foundation had previously announced that its annual festival and march would be cancelled for 2021, due to ongoing uncertainty and risks around mass public gatherings and the COVID-19 roadmap.

Last July, Pride in Liverpool ran a virtual pride march with the hopes of making a grand return this summer, and now, MarchOnline, will take place once again next month. On July 31, the LCR Pride Foundation will invite individuals, groups and businesses to join the MarchOnline by submitting videos and images, calling on those participating to also make specific pledges to enact change ‘From Now On’, in line with the organisation’s 2021/22 theme.

The virtual march will comprise videos of speeches from local leaders and short interviews, combined with individuals marching, cheering and holding placards in their own homes, submitted by the members of the public, charities and businesses supporting the LGBT+ community. The videos will then be broadcast from the organisation’s social channels, at 12pm (noon) on Saturday, July 31, when the physical march would usually take place.

Andi Herring, LCR Pride Foundation CEO, said: “Our theme this year is our most community and activism-focused ever, and our annual March with Pride has always been at the heart of grassroots activism within the community. Each year, we march to highlight the inequalities and injustices that the LGBT+ community still faces in the city region and around the world.

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“This year we want to take that one step further. We want to use the march to draw a line in the stand and highlight the ways that we – as individuals, organisations and businesses – can take action to enact real change.”

Individuals wishing to take part in the virtual march are asked to register and submit a landscape-orientation photo or 20-second video while waving, cheering, marching, dancing, posing with a partner, family, friends or pets, or even displaying a banner. People are also encouraged to submit a ‘From Now On’ statement, outlining a specific action or actions that they will take to make real change.

Organisations wishing to ‘march’ as a group will also be given the opportunity to provide a 10 – 20 second video from a designated spokesperson, introducing the organisation, why it is marching and sharing their organisation’s ‘From Now On’ statement. The deadline for video and image submissions for the MarchOnline is midnight on July 14. For full details of how to submit your video can be found here.

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