We are a volunteer-led non-profit organisation. Our mission is:
- To promote the values of the LGBTQIA+ community, friends, allies and supporters in the wider Keighley area through awareness, education and visible presence.
- To celebrate and encourage diversity, equality, tolerance and acceptance of LGBTQIA+ people.
- To increase the feeling of pride among LGBTQIA+ people and allies within the wider Keighley area.
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Keighley Pride 2019 and 2020
More than 550 people attended the first Keighley Pride in 2019 – and event organised by volunteers in partnership with local LGBTQIA+ groups, Bradford MDC, local charities, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, Keighley College, the Youth Service and Keighley Town Council.
As well as the main Pride event, KWR ran a special rainbow train, and the Youth Service created an art installation.
Keighley Pride 2020 was held online during lockdown, with podcasts and virtual celebrations of Pride values.
Keighley Pride 2021
Preparations for Keighley Pride 2021 took place during the second lockdown amid some uncertainty as to whether a live event would be allowed.
Sew Keighley Pride
We partnered with ICLS to create a fabulous Progress flag to celebrate LGBTQIA+ inspirations – the Sew Keighley Pride project, with patches produced by LGBTQIA+ people and allies. This is a moving and beautiful piece of art. Sew Keighley Pride didn’t stop there but produced a zine explaining many of the stories behind the patches. A printed version of the flag is now on permanent exhibition at the Peace Museum, and the original patchwork flag will form part of the collection at Cliffe Castle Museum within five years.
Keighley Cougars Pride Match
Members of Keighley Pride were delighted to attend Keighley Cougar’s Pride match and party as guests of the Cougars – the match was a Keighley win in more ways than one.
2021 Live Events
With some uncertainty remaining over the status of live events and social distancing restrictions, we staged three small-scale events in August; Doll’s Haus, an evening of drag kings and queens, and the Pride Cabaret at Studio 5 Live; and the Pride Picnic at Cliffe Castle.
Despite torrential rain on the day of the picnic – which went ahead due to the tremendous help of Bradford MDC ward officers and Cliffe Castle staff who helped us move entertainment indoors – all three events were a success.