When we heard the news that Exeter Pride had been cancelled this year, we wanted to create our own on-campus version so that we can come together and celebrate all our LGBTQ+ students, staff and friends.
From 5 - 9 June, we celebrated 'Pride on Campus' with an array of events, activities, talks and discussions. Thank you to all of our societies and students who worked hard to help us create welcoming spaces for all students to express themselves and feel at home here in Exeter.
On 1 July 1972, the UK’s first Pride march was held in London. The date was chosen as the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 28 June 1969. Approximately 2,000 people attended. Since then, Pride events have been hosted in many big cities across the UK. Last year’s London Pride marked the 50th anniversary and saw over 1 million people attend.
Although we’ve come a long way since 1972, there is still more we can all do to amplify the voices of the LGBTQ+ community and fight against social injustices that many people still face.