Live music, drag queens and karaoke included in Banbury’s first Pride


Banbury Pride committee

The event will be a show of support for Banbury’s LGBTQIA+ community

Banbury’s first ever Pride will take place at the end of this month.

An organising Committee is putting together the three-day event, which will run in Butchers Row from Friday May 31st through the weekend.

Tom Staples is the chair of Banbury pride committee.   He said: “I am so pleased we’ve been able to make this happen. It’s a real show of support for the LGBTQIA+ community in Banbury.

“The response already has been phenomenal and we are so grateful to local people and businesses who are sponsoring the event, and we welcome more to come forward.

“We have events planned all weekend during the day and evening, there will be live music, bands, drag queens, karaoke, quizzes and more.

“We really want to lay the foundations this year to make this an annual event. We can’t wait to show the best of Banbury.”

Published: by Banbury FM Newsteam

Reader's opinions
  1. Rev Browne   On   07/05/2024 at 2:41 pm

    Why this effort to celebrate the decision of the lgbtq+ community?
    I wonder what reason can possibly be given for celebrating the sexual preferences of others as an annual event and spectacle. This is taking full advantage of a towns’ vulnerability and weak leadership who are afraid to deny this open display of everything that goes against the moral values of its residents or at least many. Knowing it’s against the church community who seems to be totally ignored and possibly also afraid to voice their concerns especially for the immoral, impression and influence on young impressionable minds that will result in future unhealthy and unholy and unproductive lifestyles from such a spectacle of immorality. Even if the editor doesn’t agree with my statement then an honest answer is welcomed. Maybe an open discussion. Why can’t they keep their sexual orientation amongst themselves and personally in the privacy of their bedroom like we’re supposed to?

    • Milo   On   07/05/2024 at 7:03 pm

      Celebrating the LGBTQ+ community isn’t about endorsing sexual preferences; it’s about recognizing and affirming the rights and dignity of all individuals regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Pride events are not about flaunting immorality but about promoting acceptance, inclusion, and equality for a marginalized group that has historically faced discrimination and persecution. It’s not about pushing an agenda onto others but about creating a more compassionate and understanding society where everyone can live authentically and without fear.

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