Photography Monday, August 1st Words by: Lauren Rogers, pictures by: Nick / The Booth Hall and Mark Bowen

Photo gallery: Herefordshire Pride 2016

Photography Monday, August 1st

Photo gallery: Herefordshire Pride 2016

A celebration of equality and acceptance, here are our favourite pics from Herefordshire's first official Pride.

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Organised by Herefordshire's FACE Values board, this big Pride party drew hundreds of people to the Booth Hall, Hereford, on July 30.

The day had a family festival vibe with live music, dance and burlesque. The Hereford Roller Girls and LGBT soldiers from the Army took part, heading into High Town to promote the event, and after dark, award-winning vaudevillian Lou Safire took to the stage before the event moved to The Venue on Gaol Street, which hosts a regular Proud night on the last Friday of every month.

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Herefordshire Pride organisers are now collecting feedback on the event. 

You can take part in the short survey, here. The results will be invaluable when it comes to securing funding for 2017 onwards, and ensuring next year's event is even more inclusive.

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Despite last minute changes - Rogan O'Connor from MTV's Ex on The Beach couldn't make it due to illness and the live comedy was cancelled, Herefordshire's inaugural Pride set the tone for bigger, better events to come. 

The aim? To be supportive and inclusive, to promote fairness, acceptance, and equality within and toward the LGBT community in Herefordshire, and to stand up against social stigma, violence and discrimination.

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Images by Mark Bowen, and by Nick at the Booth Hall, Hereford. See more at facebook.com/TheBoothHallHereford.

The FACE Values board is a county wide body promoting Fairness, Acceptance, Community & Equality. The aim is to develop new ideas concerning community cohesion and integration. Ideas that will inform policy and be applied in the street, neighbourhood, ward and beyond. Find out more on Facebook.

Read the Hereford City Centric blog and interview with Rebecca Ashton, member of the FACE Values board, here.

Take part in the Herefordshire Pride survey, here.

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