Portsmouth Pride to return in 2015 after 12-year absence

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After an absence of more than a decade, Pride is set to return to Portsmouth next year, organisers have announced.

The festival will be held on Saturday 20 June at the Guildhall Square.

David Lee-Bastable, chairman of Portsmouth LGBT Pride, said he believed the last event took place in 2003.

“We want to get everyone involved, not just the LGBT community,” he said.

“We felt that the time was right and I think Portsmouth needs it.

“It’s a good opportunity for the city to turn around and say ‘we support the LGBT community’ and it also helps people to come together.

“The idea of Pride is to take away homophobic attitudes. It is just our sexuality that is different, we are trying to celebrate that.

“We want to make sure Portsmouth has a Pride.”