Iconic Buildings Light Up For Pride

Photo: Liverpool Echo
SOME of Liverpool’s most iconic buildings and venues will be lit up in the colours of the Rainbow Flag as part of Liverpool Pride 2016. Come Out of the Shadows is a new three-year initiative spanning Liverpool City Region, which will allow the organisers of Liverpool Pride to set out their stall in their bid for Liverpool to become the most visibly LGBT friendly city in the UK. This year, Liverpool Pride is a week-long festival taking place between Saturday 23 July and Sunday 31 July. The week culminates with a two-day event over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 30 and 31 July in the St George’s Cultural Quarter. Come Out of the Shadows is a joint initiative funded by Merseyside’s Police Commissioner, Jane Kennedy, and will run for the duration of the festival between 23 and 31 July. Knowsley Metropolitan Council and Barclays will play key roles in launching the campaign but the official switch on will take place in Knowsley in memory of Michael Causer. Liverpool Pride invited organisations across the region to join its Come Out of the Shadows campaign and light their buildings in part or full using the colours from the iconic and internationally recognisable LGBT Rainbow Flag during the Pride Festival, or to show their support by displaying the iconic Rainbow Flag. Some of Liverpool’s most famous and recognisable buildings have already pledged their support and will come alive with the colours of Pride on 23 July. The city’s two world famous football clubs, Liverpool FC and Everton FC, are supporting Come Out of the Shadows. The Kop stand at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium will be lit up in the Rainbow colours; while Everton FC will fly Rainbow Flags at Goodison Park over the main Pride weekend (Saturday and Sunday, 30 and 31 July). Also joining Anfield and Goodison for Come Out of the Shadows are Liverpool Town Hall; St George’s Hall Liverpool; Cunard Building; Liverpool John Moores University; Liverpool Central Library; Everyman and Playhouse theatres; FACT; Royal Court Theatre Liverpool; World Museum Liverpool; the Bluecoat; ECHO Arena; Merseyside Police Headquarters; Liverpool John Lennon Airport; James Street Station; the Wheel of Liverpool; and Jack Jones House on Commutation Row. Venues in communities across the wider Liverpool City Region are also showing their support, and this is further supported by a targeted poster campaign incorporating city-wide digital screens and bus shelters. Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy commented: “I’m thrilled to support Liverpool Pride’s Come Out of the Shadows campaign. By lighting Liverpool’s most recognisable buildings with the colours of the iconic LGBT rainbow flag, we will send out a powerful message that Liverpool is diverse, Liverpool is tolerant and Liverpool supports its LGBT community. “This message will shine out, not only to the residents of this fantastic city but everybody that visits here for work or for leisure. In a world where homosexuality is still illegal in more than 75 countries and many gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans people live with oppression every day, this campaign will send a message of hope and of solidarity to people across the country and around the world. “I can’t wait to see many of Merseyside’s iconic and prominent buildings illuminated in the rainbow flag and I encourage other organisations to show their support by lighting up too.” Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson added: “Recent terrible events around the world have reminded us all that LGBT people still face dangerous intolerance. That is why as a Mayor of Liverpool I am very proud to once again fully support Liverpool Pride and the Come Out of the Shadows project, showing the world that Liverpool is an open, diverse and inclusive place to live.” Come Out of the Shadows is the biggest campaign in Liverpool Pride’s history and now Liverpool Pride is inviting other organisations and public buildings to show their support and become part of the campaign. If your venue would like to support the Come Out of the Shadows initiative, now or in future years, please contact michael.carey@liverpoolpride.co.uk