The University of Exeter is proud to be an official sponsor of Exeter’s annual lesbian gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Pride in Exeter city centre on Saturday 7 May.
This year’s event will be the seventh Exeter Pride, and it promises to be the biggest event to date with more than 2,500 people expected.
Staff and students will be taking part in the parade along Exeter High Street on Saturday 7 May, and the 50 metre rainbow flag used in the parade will be proudly displayed in the Forum in the week leading up to Pride day.
Pride on Campus
Opening Ceremony - Tuesday 3 May, 12.15, The Forum
Live Music, Dancing and cupcakes!
To celebrate Pride 2016 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday 3 May 2016 at 12.15pm in the Forum with Mike Shore-Nye Registrar and Secretary and Jack Bristow, President of the Athletic Union.
Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate Exeter's LGBT community. To celebrate Pride on Campus the Student Orchestra and Dance Society will be performing and there will be free cupcakes for those who attend! Jack Bristow will also be talking about his "Come Out and Play Campaign" The 50 metre rainbow flag will also be on display in the Forum.
Guest Speaker Sanjay Sood-Smith- Friday 6 May, 1.00pm, Streatham Court Lecture Theatre C
From being one of the youngest bank managers in the country to Apprentice candidate and now running his own food business, Sanjay inspires others to set stretching goals, identify what motivates them and strive for their dreams.
Sanjay Sood-Smith, 28, is well known as a Candidate on the 10th series of BBC's 'The Apprentice' (2014) where he proved that nice guys don't always finish last, narrowly missing out on a place in the 'Final Five'. His energetic and positive approach culminated in the final where he played a major role in helping the winner to victory and was described as his 'guardian angel'.
Taking part in The Apprentice inspired Sanjay to leave banking and he is currently developing Tuk In, an Indian curry-in-a-naan microwave meal for supermarkets. He is also working with the charity Stonewall, acting as a 'school role model' where he talks to children about his experiences of homophobia and overcoming being bullied when he was younger for being different. Sanjay was recently shortlisted for the Positive LGBT Role Model award at the prestigious National Diversity Awards for his extensive work on fighting homophobia with young people.
Come and listen to Sanjay's story and be inspired!
To book your place please email Kate Weatherill
Get involved in Pride
Everyone is welcome to participate in Pride.
If you are interested in representing the University at Exeter Pride (staff and students; LGBT or non-LGBT) and taking part in the parade please contact João Florêncio J.Florencio@exeter.ac.uk