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15 years of Oxford Pride

posted 29 Apr 2017, 12:42 by Mazz Image ‎(Festival)‎   [ updated 29 Apr 2017, 12:44 ]

PRESS RELEASE - for immediate publication 25 April 2017 

OXFORD PRIDE 2017

With less than 40 days to go until this year’s Oxford Pride event, this year’s Committee are pleased to announce the details of this year’s festival and main event.

We start with the annual Dog Show on Sunday 21st May, in the Castle Quarter. It’s a fabulous day, and fun for all the family. Then commencing Friday 26th May a series of different events across City including a themed walk, a talk at Wadham College, looking back at the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, a comedy night held at the Plush Lounge and the Broken Spokes Bike Co-Op are pimping their cycles for the Oxford Pride parade.

On Saturday 3rd June, the day of Oxford Pride, the Parade will form up at Radcliffe Square from 11am and departs at noon towards Broad Street, then up to Cornmarket, Queen Street to Bonn Square. The Parade will then continue along New Road to enter the Castle Quarter event site down the drive to Malmaison.  Everyone is welcome to join the parade, or cheer along as it comes past.

From 1pm two stages, one within the Castle Quarter and one on Paradise Street will come alive with music and entertainment.  Acts announced include The Oxford Gospel Choir, Britain’s got Talent finalist La Voix, Sean Smith from Same Difference, BBC 2’s Folk Musician of the Year winner Megan Henwood, Ru Paul’s Drag Race finalist Courtney Act, and headlining will be 90’s dance act N-Trance.

The Street Party on Paradise Street run’s until 10:30pm and has a host of DJ’s and singers.

This year’s theme is “Rainbow Days – A summer of love”. So think flowers, daisies and hippies, and following last year’s them “We can be heroes”, it gives everyone the chance to dress up if the so desire.

This year is Oxford Pride’s 15th event.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

Events supporting or arranged by Oxford Pride promote awareness of LGBT issues and lifestyle through providing information, education and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment. 

More information about Oxford Pride events can be found on our website: http://www.oxford-pride.org.uk

Oxford Pride Group is a volunteer run charity, founded in 2003.

PATRONS: LORD WAHEED ALLI, SIR IAN MCKELLEN, PETER TATCHELL, PAUL O’GRADY, SIR DIARMAID MACCULLOCH, CLARE SUMMERSKILL, and ANGELA EAGLE MP

Quotes from our Chair, official statistics, photographs and Oxford Pride Logo are available for web and print publication. Please direct enquiries to: Chair – Rob Jordanchair@oxford-pride.org.uk 07929139961

Out in Oxford

posted 26 Jan 2017, 02:05 by Mazz Image ‎(Festival)‎   [ updated 26 Jan 2017, 02:10 ]


Out in Oxford flyer PRESS RELEASE Date of issue: 19 January 2017

Out in Oxford – a University of Oxford LGBTQ+ community project

On 11 February the University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) launch an innovative new project Out in Oxford. Spearheaded by the Pitt Rivers Museum and funded by Arts Council England (ACE) and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Out in Oxford explores items from across the University’s collections. Through public events, a new website and a specially commissioned printed trail, Out in Oxford provides platforms for people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) and allies to speak out about the fascinating, important and often overlooked queer histories that exist within the University’s collections.

Through collaborations between curators and volunteers, new perspectives are being foregrounded and personal experiences shared as staff and the public queer the collections. Central to the project is a specially commissioned trail. With all interpretation newly written by project volunteers, the Out in Oxford cross-collections trail provides fresh and personal perspectives on some of the iconic and also lesser known items cared for by the University. Launching on 11 February at Out in Oxford: Party at The Pitt (www.prm.ox.ac.uk/afterhours) and available throughout 2017, visitors can download the trail from the Out in Oxford website (www.glam.ox.ac.uk/outinoxford), or pick up a copy at the Ashmolean Museum, the Bate Collection, the Botanic Garden, the Museum of Natural History, the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Museum of the History of Science and the Weston Library. 2017 is also significant as the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, and the 60th anniversary of the Wolfenden Report, which advocated that change in the law.

Out in Oxford flyer

With powerful forewords from Stephen Fry and Professor Richard Parkinson, the Out in Oxford trail will take visitors on an alternative journey, delving deep into the archives of the collections. Trail-goers will be encouraged to consider the Museum of Natural History’s Bluehead Wrasse cast as an example of non-standard biological sex in nature, and the fluidity of gender in Japanese Noh theatre performances as they visit the Pitt Rivers Museum. At the Ashmolean, trail-goers will find objects ranging from antiquity to present day including a US banknote stamped ‘lesbian money linked to gay and lesbian rights movements. Moving on to the Botanic Garden, the gay association with the hyacinth and the Polish secret police will be highlighted, while at the Bate Collection, a pink plastic recorder will invite visitors to think about how certain colours have been used to alternately victimise and celebrate LGBTQ+ people. The Out in Oxford trail will be a fascinating experience for any visitor looking to discover the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums for the first time, or existing visitors wishing to discover something new about their favourite collection.

To mark the launch of the Out in Oxford trail, Pitt Rivers Museum will host a series of exciting events for the general public, co-produced by volunteers and local LGBTQ+ community organisations. Working with groups such as Oxford Pride, community project Tales of Our City, the University’s own LGBT Staff and Student Networks and youth group My Normal, the galleries will be taken over by performances, talks and interactive activities designed to celebrate aspects of LGBTQ+ culture. The event series begins with Out in Oxford: Party at the Pitt (11 February, 19.00-22.00, ages 16+). Students from St Hilda’s College (University of Oxford) will curate performances in the galleries; Molly: Party for Queers, will be making slogan t-shirts; Tales of Our City will display their rare archive of local queer ephemera from the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Visitors can pop into the Balfour Library to find out find what Oxford's gay women got up to on Tuesdays in 1983 and why something called ‘Project October’caused so much excitement in 1991. We will also be joined by Oxford Pride pop=up Parade and performance artists who will lead a Drag Kings workshop. Tickets are available for free and there will be a cash bar.

Party at the Pitt will be followed by a discussion based event, Is Gender Identity a Choice? (16 February, 19.00-21.30);
an Out in Oxford Spotlight Talk (18 February, 14.30-15.30); and a youth 
takeover night from My Normal with a non-alcoholic bar and live music from bands Lucy Leave and Rainbow Reservoir (25 February, 18.00-21.00). 

The Out in Oxford series of events will close with a special film screening of cult classic Paris is Burning. This film chronicles the underground ‘vogueing’ scene in 1980s Harlem, a dance trend led by young gay black men and appropriated by Madonna in her 1990 chart hit Vogue. The screening will be followed by Q&A with special guests (28 February, 18.00-20.30, ages 16+). Most events are free, but some require booking in advance.

Ticket links and more information can be found here: www.prm.ox.ac.uk/afterhours.

https://www.prm.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/uploads/OutInOxfordA5FlyerWeb.pdf

Notes to Editors

• Out in Oxford is a new project celebrating LGBTQ+ history. The project is based at the Pitt Rivers Museum and examines items from across the University’s GLAM division.

• LGBTQ+ is the acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer, with ‘+’ indicating that there are many more ways in which people experience biological sex, gender and sexual identity. Through consultation with community groups and individuals at workshops and focus groups, LGBTQ+ was the acronym that project participants preferred to use in relation to the Out in Oxford project.

• GLAM is the acronym for the University of Oxford’s Gardens, Libraries, Archives and Museums. Website: www.glam.ox.ac.uk/outinoxford

• LGBT History Month is celebrated in February in the UK. LGBT History Month is a charity whose work to educate against prejudice continues throughout the year. Website: lgbthistorymonth.org.uk

• Oxford Pride is a celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer life in Oxfordshire. Pride promotes awareness of LGBTQ+ issues by providing information, education and entertainment in a safe and encouraging environment. Oxford Pride is a membership based non-profit organisation run by a dedicated team of volunteers. Website: www.oxford-pride.org.uk

• My Normal is a creativity based project aiming to give LGBTQ+ youth safe spaces and a bigger voice in Oxfordshire. They provide a meeting space for people aged 16-24. Website: www.facebook.com/mynormaloxford.

• Tales of Our City is a community project aiming to create a conversation through time about queer life in Oxford. Website: tocox.weebly.com

• Stephen Fry is a comedian, actor, writer, presenter and activist. Website: www.stephenfry.com.

• Richard Bruce Parkinson is the author of A Little Gay History, Professor of Egyptology at the Faculty of Oriental Studies and a Fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford. During LGBT History Month 2016, Professor Parkinson gave a lecture highlighting the demand for more explicit, not implicit, LGBTQ+ representation within museum displays, which inspired the Out in Oxford project:
podcasts.ox.ac.uk/great-unrecorded-history-lgbt-heritage-and-world-cultures.

• Molly: Party for Queers is a community run organization aiming to be an inclusive and welcoming space for Oxford’s queer community. They produce monthly LGBTQ+ friendly events in Oxford. Website: www.facebook.com/ohhellomolly.

CHAIRS ANNUAL REPORT 2016

posted 25 Jul 2016, 07:03 by Mazz Image ‎(Festival)‎   [ updated 25 Jul 2016, 07:05 ]

2016 was a stabilizing year, after the significant changes we faced as an organisation in 2015.  2015 brought three new directors, new location, additional street party element, and then as the year progressed, 2016 saw two new Non-Executive Directors as well.
The task to fill funding gaps throughout the year was always going to be a struggle but as the year went on, we were able to secure funding from Lush, Oxford University, DC Payments, and most significantly over £10000 from Vodafone.  The Treasurers report will show you the full breakdown of incomings and outgoings, and with 2015 costing only £14000 in total you will see the significant progress made in funds for this year.

Last year’s AGM gave us some new roles on the Committee, and a few still need bedding in.  Success came with both the Youth Officer and Volunteer Coordinator roles, with Ari and Tim making significant progress.  We had two resignations from Committee roles over the year, and were lucky to have Jay come on board as a replacement Youth Officer mid-year.

Youth was a major focus across the year with us teaming with My Normal an Arts Project lead by Hannah Bruce and Maya Francis.  We helped fund three projects throughout the year, two producing small “Zines” and a larger project which we gave the team a brief to produce a video to promote Pride, and what made people “Proud of Oxford”.  The team were taught production techniques such as editing, camera work and music production.  The film was a great success and we thank the My Normal team for the continued commitment to Oxford Pride.  Charitable donations made to My Normal throughout the year were £2177.  The Youth Officers now have their own allocated budget to arrange activities throughout the year, and have had a few smaller events so far. We urge in incoming committee to continue focus in this area.

Fundraising efforts continued with the Bowling event, which was a huge success again and raised over £600.  The monthly quiz continues at the Jolly Farmers on the first Monday of every month and the attendance has really increased recently with around 50 people attending on average.  Pride wristbands have been on sale at the Jolly Farmers and on Pride day, and we can continue to sell these throughout the coming year as they are dateless.
The Pride Guide was a great success in quality and content.  The addition of articles from members of the community were deemed really effective.  Advertising from the guide raised £1345, and the guide only cost £497.50 to print.  Thanks to Spike for his hard work in producing it this year.

Bitten Street support was greatly received again in sourcing the food concessions and all gave great feedback from sales on the day.
James Beveridge as Community Liaison Officer attended various meetings and events this year on behalf as Pride and we thank him for his on-going efforts and especially on Pride day following an operation that week.

Oxford Pride worked closer with TransOxford this year and we would hope this year’s committee would continue to do so to help develop their Pride activities.

If I had a suggestions for the incoming committee, they would be firstly please remember that this is a year commitment and if you are looking to join the committee at the AGM only do so if you are able to commit to the whole year, time after time, it is left to a small number of people to produce the event after people drop away. And secondly we have increased the quality of the Festival Week and Pride Day itself greatly over the last two years but this has come by searching out funds and applying for grants, which isn’t an easy task.  It takes the whole Pride group to source funds, so please shout suggestions (not literally) to members of the committee so the Sponsorship Officer can follow them up and contact different companies and organisations.

I hope the incoming Committee has as much fun as we did this year putting on what I consider to be the most successful Pride event yet.

Rob Jordon
Oxford Pride Group Chair 2015 & 2016

10 DAYS TO GO!!!

posted 24 May 2016, 13:22 by Paul McGinn ‎(Chair)‎

With just 10 days to go until the main Pride Event, it's time to start looking at what's coming up in the upcoming Festival Week!!

There's a host of different events to be part of including a picnic at Summer 8's in Christ Church Meadow, the now (almost) famous Dog Show on Sunday 29th May, which starts at 4pm within the grounds of the Castle Quarter.

On Monday 30th May it's time to get your brain in gear as we head to The Jolly Farmers on Paradise Street for the monthly quiz. There's a series of amazing micro talk on Tuesday being held at Trinity College from 6pm, and then a talk on Charlotte New with the Oxford Lesbian History Group. 

There's a laugh a minute guaranteed at Plush on Wednesday 1st June as Oxford Pride celebrates it's second annual Comedy Night hosted by College Comedy Nights, tickets are £5 on the door, or £4 if you're wearing your Oxford Pride wristband that can be purchased from The Jolly Farmers bar.

Broken Spokes Bike Co-Op are opening their doors to everyone on Thursday so you can pimp up your bike ready for the Pride Parade on Saturday.

Friday 3rd June sees Oxford's first ever Trans Pride event "TranSpires" hosted by TransOxford.  Starting in University Parks for a picnic at 12pm, the event will move for the late afternoon/early evening to The Castle Tavern for talks and drinks.

Then its the day itself!! Full details of all events can be found on the Festival pages of this site.

New Sponsors

posted 18 Aug 2015, 07:00 by Mazz Image ‎(Festival)‎   [ updated 21 Sep 2015, 04:37 ]

Fabulous Sponsors and valued Supporters have been confirmed their support for Oxford Pride 2016

Including:
  • Vodafone
  • Plush 
  • Fyne Times
  • Jolly Farmers 
  • Big Yellow Storage Company
  • DC Payments
  • Bitten Street (food concessions/sponsors)
  • Oxford Castle Quarter (supporters/venue) 
  • Lush
  • Shrinking Violet

We're on target for 2016...

posted 19 Oct 2009, 21:47 by Paul McGinn ‎(Chair)‎   [ updated 18 Aug 2015, 06:57 by Mazz Image ‎(Festival)‎ ]

The Oxford Pride Management Committee was elected at the AGM in July and is now confirming plans for Oxford Pride 2016 plus fundraising and community events throughout the year. Visit our website, follow us on facebook and twitter and join us in celebrating lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer life in Oxfordshire.

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