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Guest Blog Post – Dartmouth Pride

If you are in Dartmouth this June, you might see a bit more colour than normal. And we aren’t just talking about a really SWEET shop with a new vibrant coat of paint. Many of our local businesses in town have partnered with Dartmouth Pride UK to celebrate Pride Month! 

If you didn’t know, June is Pride Month—a worldwide celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. It began with the NYC Stonewall riots in 1969 and has grown into a vibrant celebration of progress. This month is all about equality, acceptance, education of LGBTQ+ history, and honouring the accomplishments of people within our community. While it is a time when we celebrate, it is also a time to raise awareness about specific issues we face and to carry the torch of our brothers and sisters who came before us as we continue the fight for equal rights, social justice, and respect for all.

While Pride celebrations around the world take on many forms from marches to corporate parades, concerts, and shows, Pride can also be a simple gathering of a small LGBTQ+ community in a rural town in Devon. This is where we find ourselves at Dartmouth Pride.

Launched in 2021, Dartmouth Pride has created a welcoming space for our local LGBTQ+ community to connect. Dartmouth is a place of kindness and diversity, filled with remarkable individuals from all walks of life. We aim to foster an even stronger sense of community, sharing the spirit of unity with future generations through our humble events.

At Dartmouth Pride, we are a Pride for all. We’re here to support new same-sex couples in town, celebrate the opening of LGBTQ+ businesses, accompany our friends in the community on their journey to self-discovery as they transition into their true selves, and offer a helping hand to parents supporting their LGBTQ+ children who have recently come out. We are a Pride for all, committed to serving the diverse needs of our Dartmouth community.

Whether you identify as part of our LGBTQIA+ community or stand as an ally supporting us, we eagerly look forward to seeing and welcoming you at one of our upcoming events.

Kicking off our Pride events this year, we’re thrilled to welcome the fabulous drag sensation Dolly Diamond back to Dartmouth with a night at Bar 1620 on Thursday 27 June! £10 tickets for this show can be purchased directly from Bar 1620. We’re asking you think about donating another £10 to Dartmouth Pride as this event is a fund-raising effort to help support Dartmouth Pride UK. Limited space is available so book early! 

If you’d like to join us for our main Pride event this year, mark your calendars for our fourth Dartmouth Pride taking place on Sunday 30 June! 

On 30 June, the festivities kick off with our “PRIDE WALK” starting at 12PM at the Dartmouth Castle. Bring your partners, families, friends, and even your dogs as we walk from Dartmouth Castle to the Old Market Square via the Coastal Path & along the North Embankment. We will then walk back to Jenny Koo’s Kitchen in the Old Market Square for snacks, drinks, and socialising. After our afternoon social, we will crank up the fun with our Pride Afterparty, once again hosted by The Dolphin Inn with a live DJ mixing up all your favourite Pride anthems! 

Come just as you are or add a splash of colour to amplify the joy! The walk from Dartmouth Castle to the old Market is approximately 1.2 miles, so be sure to wear comfy shoes. We look forward to celebrating Dartmouth Pride together! 

Visit our website or find us on Instagram/Facebook @dartmouthprideuk for more information. 

We wish everyone a happy and safe Pride month! 

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