The Apollo Theatre is delighted to support the IW Pride events during 11-14 July 2017.  The theatre will be open from 6pm on each day and there will be all sorts of events including spoken word, a pop-up photo booth to dress as you like, ‘Art in the Bar’, information and advice about local support groups, live music (artists to be announced) and lots more.  Counsellors will be available for people who need help, support and advice.

RedTie Theatre will be performing two of their shows: on Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 & 12 July, ‘Queer Bash’, and on Thursday and Friday, 13 & 14 July, ‘Beautiful Thing’.  Tickets for the performances are available via http://www.redtietheatre.co.uk/ , or from 10.00am-4.00pm at the theatre on performance days.

From the organisers of IW Pride:

‘Pride events are a strong reminder to those who identify as LGBTQ of the historical struggles experienced by this group, including criminalisation of homosexuality, the AIDS epidemic, Section 28 and the prejudice and abuse felt by so many as they struggle to take pride in who they were born to be. There is still a lot of work to do internationally as well as making equality in law a reality in this country.

There is a perception that the Isle of Wight lags behind the mainland in support and visibility for the LGBTQ community.  The vision for Isle of Wight Pride is for this to be an opportunity to celebrate and for us to take pride in how far we have come, how proud we are of our beautiful Island but also, just as importantly we need to highlight the work that still needs to be done. We really hope that we will also show that the Isle of Wight is a great place to live and a welcoming place to visit gaining us a reputation as a friendly destination for everyone.’

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