Welcome to Exmouth Pride!
Exmouth Pride celebrates diversity together for LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & More). The Mission of Exmouth Pride is to educate the world, honour our heritage, celebrate events, and liberate our community.
Exmouth celebrated Pride with its first official event in 2015 – joining an ever growing number of communities around the world. And we are delighted to be back every year with a bigger & better event.
Exmouth celebrated Pride with its first official event on July 1st, 2015. It was never a landmark day for LGBT+ visibility in the town and Exmouth joined an ever growing number of communities around the world.
We are delighted to be building on the groundwork of that first event and reckon we are making it more relevant and more celebratory with each passing year.
The Pride movement has its roots in the civil rights actions of the late 1960s and early 1970s in America.
Regular harassment of LGBT+ customers of the Stonewall Taven in New York by police and others resulted in a riot in the early hours of June 28th 1969. The Stonewall Tavern was a bar where gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual people would meet. It was also popular with drag queens. Police were common – and often violent.
But on this particular night, following yet another punitive raid, the customers rose up and for the first time, fought back.
One year on, the LGBT+ community started to organise and the first march in New York marked the anniversary of that landmark fight back against oppression while also demanding equal civil rights.
Since those early days of 1970, the movement has spread – although Exmouth has a long way to go to match the Sao Paulo Pride in Brazil 2006 which attracted an international crowd of between 2.5 and 3 million people.
It has been a long fight. Being gay in the UK was only partially decriminalised in 1968. Other battles, for an equal age of consent, for civil partnerships and then gay marriage, were long and hard fought. But gradually things are changing.
We know that it’s not changing for the better everywhere and that in countries such as Syria and Russia you can lose your job, your family or even your life if you are part of the LGBT+ community.
Exmouth Pride is for LGBT+ people and their friends and family to celebrate diversity together. We are delighted that you are here to join us.