Portsmouth may take centre stage for gay Pride celebrations

The Pride parade could start and end in Victoria Park in Portsmouth

The Pride parade could start and end in Victoria Park in Portsmouth

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PORTSMOUTH could be in line to host a gay Pride event next year.

Organisers hope the parade and celebrations will be held next June, which will feature a parade starting and ending in Victoria Park and stalls and performances in Guildhall Square.

Discussions are being held with Portsmouth City Council where approval will need to be given early next year.

David Lee-Bastable, chairman of Portsmouth LGBT Pride, believes the last event similar to this took part more than 10 years ago.

The 51-year-old, from Gosport, has previously told The News he suffered from severe depression after getting abused for being gay.

But he hopes attitudes can change.

He told the BBC: ‘We want to get everyone involved, not just the LGBT community.

‘We felt the time is 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.’

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