The dates of the annual Sunderland Pride event have been announced.
The event will start at 12pm on September 28 at Sunderland Civic Centre with a parade through Sunderland city centre and end in Park Lane, where five hours of entertainment will follow.
Sunderland Pride is now in its fourth year and has established itself as Sunderland’s largest diversity event.
The event hopes to improve the visibility of lesbian, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBT) in the area, while also promoting the importance of reporting hate crimes against them.
Ryan Houston, chairman of the event, said: “The popularity of the event has greatly grown in the years and we have received copious support from the people of Sunderland and Sunderland Live, who we went into partnership with last year.
“The support we received from the team at Sunderland Live is invaluable to the growth of the event and we are eager to continue that partnership as we develop.”
Last year the parade brought in about 1000 marchers and a crowd to the main event of over 3000.
It has gone from strength to strength each year and has been shortlisted for the Sunderland Excellence Award in the Community Event Of The Year category. The award will be announced on February 27 at the Roker Hotel.
Jake Marshall, Sunderland resident and a keen supporter of the event said: “The event helps bring together gay people in the area and shows others that you are happy as you are. I think it’s inspirational for people who may be too worried about coming out and shows them that there are so many people out there going through similar things”.