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Havering’s first ever Romford Pride event for LGBT+ community to be held in town centre

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:39 02 May 2018

Romford Pride is going to be held in the town centre on July 28. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

Romford Pride is going to be held in the town centre on July 28. Picture: Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA Archive/PA Images

In a bid to give the “unheard” LGBT+ community a voice, the borough’s first ever Romford Pride event will take place in just two months’ time.

Map of where the march and Romford Pride event will be taking place.Map of where the march and Romford Pride event will be taking place.

Live music, market stalls, fairground rides and a march through South Street, Romford, to resemble that of Pride in London, are going to be taking over the town centre on Saturday, July 28.

Co-organiser Stephen Freeman, 25, of Romford, says he is excited but a lot of work is yet to be done.

“We’ve got a lot of ideas for the day so we’re quite busy just trying to get everything sorted”, he said.

“I do want it to be an annual event that people will love but I think the LGBT+ community needs it to be.

“They have a voice but are struggling to be listened to, often going unheard, and the needs of that community is washed away with localised homophobia.

“Having Romford Pride would show residents that these people are just as much part of the community as them.”

Stephen, who works as a promoter at nightclub Kosho which holds a regular gay night, will also be asking for people to submit their “My Wishes” on the day.

These will be people’s ideas to help improve LGBT+ community provisions in the borough, which Romford Pride organisers hope to bring to life by the time the event is once again planned to be held in 2019.

The event is being held in conjunction with the organisers, as well as Havering police and the LGBT+ Forum.

Those behind Romford Pride are also seeking to make it into an official charity in the near future.

Stephen said: “I’m hoping that this will lead to the community having more of a place in the town on a day to day basis, rather than just one night a week which it is now.

“You have got London Pride and Essex Pride but we are in the middle of both, so the need for this in 2018 has never been stronger and especially in Romford.

“We want Romford Pride to help put the town on the map.”

To find out more or to get involved in the march, visit the Romford Pride Facebook page.

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