Pride Month

Pride Month is celebrated each year in June. The aim is for local communities to promote equality and diversity.

Pride Month is an annual celebration that  aims to increase the visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ("LGBT+") people, their history, lives and their experiences.

It also remembers those who were involved in the Stonewall Riots. These happened when on 28 June 1969 police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club in Greenwich Village in New York City.

This year sees the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972 and many events will be using this milestone to look at the past, present and future of pride.

Essex Pride badge for 2022


Essex Pride - 25 June

Essex Pride is an annual celebration of LGBT+ life in Essex and beyond.

This year the Essex Pride March takes place on Saturday 25 June in Chelmsford.

This is an event for the whole community, and its more than just a huge party. Pride inspires everyone to embrace equality, and demonstrates that people from all walks of life can join together and celebrate diversity.

Essex Pride March

The march on 25 June follows an accessible route. It will start in the city centre, taking in the high street and the edge of the river, before moving through the city parks ending in Central Park next to the Pride LGBT+ Festival event.

This year's march is aiming to be the most inclusive and visible demonstration of the LGBT+ community in Essex to date.

Find out more about the march on the Essex Pride website.

Essex Pride Festival

The Essex Pride Festival takes place in Central Park, Chelmsford on 25 June.

You can find out more about the acts, how to book tickets and other events on the Essex Pride website.

Essex Pride image of waving hands and pride flags


2022 Theme - '#AllOurPride'

2022 is the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride March in the UK in 1972. The Pride in London campaign connects the present with five decades of powerful LGBT+ moments, celebrations, and historic community events in London.

With a core focus on the importance of the Pride March, the campaign uses black and white historical imagery from archive collections that capture vignettes of the march's significance, representing all LGBT+ voices from every era.

The Pride in London parade will be held on Saturday 2 July 2022.

Find out more about the campaign and the parade on the Pride in London website.

Queer Reflections

Saffron Walden Museum are excited to announce that we have launched an online archive: Queer Reflections.

It features a selection of LGBTQ+ relevant objects that explore sexuality, gender and identity.

We will be adding new objects to the archive every month and would love you to join the conversation!

Do you have a story connected to any of the objects? Do they have significant meaning to you? If so, help us collect your stories, document your experiences and record your reactions to these objects.

Visit the online archive to find out more on the Snapping the stiletto website.

Other websites

Voices and Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Histories: This website enables you to find out more about the law, people, symbols and themes that are represented on the 'Voices and Visibility: Uncovering Hidden Histories wallchart'.

Advice and Support for LGBT people on GOV.UK

Government Equalities Office LGBT blog on GOV.UK