Organiser of gay pride reveals further details

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MORE details about a gay pride event due to take place in Portsmouth have been revealed.

Organisers have said a date of June 20 has been set for next year and there will be 20 stalls plus a parade through the city centre.

Discussions with Portsmouth City Council are still ongoing in terms of road closures and health and safety measures.

Once approved, the event will be launched next month.

David Lee-Bastable, chairman of Portsmouth LGBT Pride, is helping to organise next year’s event and believes it is the first of its kind to take place in the city for around a decade. The 51-year-old, from Gosport, said: ‘We’ve had a great response to the event so far, more than 3,000 people have spoken of their support of it on Facebook.

‘We will have 20 stalls in Guildhall Square and so far we have 14 confirmed, this includes advice for gay parents.

‘We are also going to have a small parade through the city centre which will start and finish in Guildhall and plans for this are being finalised.’

Musical acts Bloke Zone and Cinders Pumpkin Soup have been confirmed, along with drag act Misty Lee.