READY FOR A SUMMER OF LOVE...
Pride can also share a message of support from Anton Hysen, the
world’s only ‘out’ professional footballer and son of
former Liverpool FC star Glenn Hysen. As The Beatles famously
sang ‘All You Need Is Love’ and Liverpool Pride will
be showcasing this when the Summer of Love themed festival bursts
into life in the city centre on Saturday, 6 August 2011, bringing
with it a FREE fun filled day for all the family.
The announcement comes just days after news broke of the beating of
2 of Liverpool’s best loved Drag Queens Lady Sian and
Calvin Fox. Liverpool’s Lord Mayor, Councillor Hazel
Williams, said:- "IDAHO is an important day in the city’s
calendar and I’m delighted to say the Town Hall will be flying the
rainbow flag with pride. Following the horrendous attacks on members
of the gay community, this day is a chance for us to reinforce the
message that homophobia is unacceptable. As a city council, we will
do everything we can to promote diversity in this great city. I’m
delighted that this year’s theme is ‘Summer of Love’ and I hope it
will bring everyone together in the spirit of unity and
togetherness. IDAHO will be a fantastic pre-cursor to the
much-anticipated return of Liverpool Pride in August - our major
celebration of the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender
Following a vote on liverpoolpride.co.uk and around the gay scene,
Summer of Love was an overwhelming winner with 46% leaving the other
themes All At Sea, Film Noir and Hollywood Glamour far behind. Tommy
McIlravey, Chair of Liverpool Pride said:- "We knew last
year’s Rainbow Circus would be hard to beat, so many people did us
proud to make the day one of the most colourful in the city’s
history. The local LGBT community have voted in their droves to give
us another cracker for 2011. The Summer of Love will see an ocean of
hippies, fluoros and flower children flood into Liverpool ready to
paint the town pink on, 6 August 2011."
Commenting on the recent attacks, Tommy continues:- "I can’t
believe what has happened to our Lady Sian, she’s a friend and
neighbour and was an absolute star at Liverpool Pride 2010. I know
she’ll be back on her feet in August with bigger hair and a bigger
smile than anyone else! Thousands of people came out to show their
support for us last year and it’s good to be reminded that for every
bigot who attacks one of us there are a thousand more good people
who will stand up and be counted."
Liverpool Pride recently received a message of support from Anton
Hysen, the World’s only ‘out’ professional footballer,
who came out in interview with Offside Magazine this March. The son
of former Liverpool FC player Glenn Hysen, 20 year old Anton was
born in Liverpool and still feels a close bond with the city. Anton
said:- "Being born in Liverpool, I’ve always felt a strong
connection to the city and it’s great to hear how much it does for
its gay community. I was shocked to hear of the recent attacks and
about what happened to Michael Causer. I think it’s disgraceful that
attacks like this still happen across the world. We need to learn
from each other and also to teach younger people how to treat each
other with mutual respect despite different backgrounds, colour,
sexual orientation & religion. I’m very proud to be from Liverpool &
I wish everyone a safe & happy Pride."
Before 2010, Liverpool was the largest city in the country that
didn’t have its own official pride festival. Liverpool Pride came
about following the launch of the LGB&T Network in 2009, at which
the public voted for a pride festival to engage, empower and involve
the LGB&T communities within the city. This was fully endorsed by
Liverpool City Council and the first official Liverpool Pride
Festival saw over 21,000 people take to the streets of Liverpool in
celebration of all things LGBT. It is hoped that Liverpool Pride
2011 will build on this success and will celebrate the diverse
community of one of Europe’s leading cultural cities once more.
Make sure you check out:-
liverpoolpride.co.uk to have
your say and for all of the latest pride news.
RECRUITMENTSHED LAUNCHES TO HELP GET LOCAL PEOPLE WORKING
Southport entrepreneurs, Tom and Richard Cropper are the founders of
organic fruit and vegetable delivery company called:- 'The
Farmshed', and they have just announced a new venture to
help improve job prospects for local people.
The Recruitmentshed is aimed at assisting the unemployed back to
work, helping train locals and improve their chances at
re-employment. At the same time it hopes to provide local businesses
with an enhanced pool of talent from which to draw recruits from.
Southport local Tom, who co-founded The Farmshed in December 2007
with his brother Richard, said:- "We have always tried to
display an ethical approach towards business. We hope to bring that
attitude to the temporary placement and training business, after
being disappointed by a variety of temporary recruitment firms we’ve
tried. It seemed to us that things could be improved both for the
clients and, importantly, the candidates."
Richard explained that:- "Tom and I are extremely excited
about this new venture and already have a number of new clients
using our dedicated service. We’re now seeking candidates for all
types of positions, including HGV drivers, warehouse operatives and
admin positions. We have a fantastic pool of talent in Southport,
and we want to help these people find employment."
Recruitmentshed aims to provide a client-focussed, people-driven
offering to employers looking for experienced candidates to fill
positions within their organisations. Hannah Mitchell, with over 10
years of recruitment industry experience, has joined as director and
shareholder and will run the day-to-day operations, in addition to
looking after client liaison.
If you would like more information on potential opportunities,
Euro MP Welcomes New
Rights for Crime Victims Across Europe
long campaign by local Euro MP Arlene McCarthy the European
commission on Wednesday, 18 May 2011, launched new proposals to
strengthen the rights of victims of crime across the 27 Member
States of the European Union.
Arlene has called for action from the EU since the tragic murder of
her Liverpool constituent Gary Dunne in Spain in 2006 left his
family facing years of struggle to receive justice.
Arlene said:- "Too often victims and their families are denied
critical information and support. They are often too distressed to
understand the complex procedures of another country's justice
system. We urgently need a fast and simple EU system which explains
their rights, gives information in their own language and provides
essential support to families and victims. Euro MPs will now look
closely at the European Commission's proposals to see whether they
will make this a reality and to table any necessary improvements."
The Commission's proposals were launched alongside campaigner Maggie
Hughes whose son was the subject of a vicious and debilitating
attack in Greece in 2008.
Arlene, who with
Labour colleagues has hosted Maggie in Brussels, added that:-
"This announcement is a tribute to campaigners like Gary Dunne's
parents and Maggie Hughes who have turned personal tragedy into a
commitment that others won't face the challenges they did. I and my
colleagues in the European Parliament will now ensure these new
proposals live up to the campaigners' calls."