Recently, the accelerator has been to the floor when it comes to fundraising! 

We have distributed collection boxes to local businesses, sold wristbands like mad and our committee & supporters have been stars with raffle tickets!

We have also been in Asda today (30th April) doing all of the above, and telling the people of Harrogate all about Pride in Diversity!!

If you are in Knaresborough next week (6th May), join us at Gracious Street Methodist Church for refreshments!! More information to follow! 

Vigil of Support Against Concentration Camps for Gay Men in Chechnya


Today Pride in Diversity supporters, and our friends, gathered at Harrogate’s cenotaph to support the LGBT men in Chechnya who are being held in concentration camp-style prisons. We also met to condemn the acts, and write to our Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, and ask him to pass on our condemnation to the Russian Federation Government.

Russian newspapers and human rights groups report that more than 100 gay men have been detained “in connection with their non-traditional sexual orientation, or suspicion of such” as part of a purge. Several people were also reportedly feared dead following violent raids.

In a chilling response, a Chechen government spokesperson denied that there are any gay people to detain, insisting that “you can’t detain and harass someone who doesn’t exist in the republic”. The Kremlin denied any knowledge of a purge.

But reports have since emerged that the men arrested are being kept in horrific concentration camp prisons, where violent abuse and torture is common.


To make PiD safe and efficient we need around 20 marshals! This is where we need you…

The benefits of volunteering at PiD extend well beyond the great experience of undertaking your volunteer role. Some of the perks include:

  • professional, fun training relevant to your role
  • support of a dedicated team to make sure your volunteering experience is as enjoyable as possible
  • making new friends/contacts
  • developing excellent practical skills
  • being an important part of the world’s most trend-setting and exciting Pride events.


An ability to work under pressure, an enthusiastic “can-do” attitude are essential for you to get the most out of this role.

Training: an hour steward training in early May

Time Commitments: 11.00am – 1pm or/and 1pm – 6pm on 20th May (plus an hour training session).

Download the application on our ‘Get Involved’ page!

Raffle tickets…

To help us raise money to pay for the whole event, including road closures, security etc, and to keep everything free. We are selling raffle tickets, which are now on sale!!!  If you think you could sell some books, or would like to purchase some contact us on:

Our raffle prizes include:

Enter our competitions…

Enter our Literature competition ‘Being different: Included or Excluded’; or enter our Art competition ‘What is Diversity to you?’ for the chance to win some great prizes (inc First Prize of £100!)

Then come and join us at our Award Evening, Monday 15th May, 7pm onwards at the Crown Hotel, Harrogate as we celebrate life and all its diversity!!

Email for entry forms and conditions, or download the forms here.


We are delighted to announce that Fultons Foods have agreed to sponsor our stage at the Party in the Park. This is a significant backing from a Yorkshire company. We are grateful to all the local businesses which are contributing to make this a successful event. Our thanks also go to Dangerfield & Keane – Hair Salon & Beauty Suite for their sponsorship, backing, and for Gerri’s tireless efforts getting others involved.