Nexus joins leading businesses to show support for UK Pride

Group of partners holding rainbow flag under Tyne Bridge
18 July 2022

Nexus’ Chief operating Officer Martin Kearney has joined with other city leaders and businesses to pledge support for UK Pride. 

Northern Pride and Newcastle was chosen in 2019 to be the host city for this year’s UK Pride event which will be held on 22-24 July, following its postponement in 2020 due to the pandemic. 

NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) and partners were joined by Cllr Nick Kemp, leader of Newcastle City Council and Cllr Martin Gannon, Gateshead Council’s to pledge their commitment in making NewcastleGateshead an inclusive, LGBTQ+ friendly destination. 

Representatives from businesses and organisations across NewcastleGateshead including Newcastle and Gateshead Councils pledged their commitment in making Newcastle Gateshead an inclusive LBGTQ+ friendly destination. 

Supporters including Nexus shared their positive messages about what Pride means to them and what the value of Newcastle hosting UK Pride will bring to the city. 

Each message was added to a segment of all 11 colours of the Progress Pride flag, which will be brought together to make one huge Pride flag which will go “on tour” around the region, gathering further pledges of support for the Pride community. The flag will then be part of the NGI participation at the official UK Pride march on Saturday July 23. 

Nexus is the official Travel and Accessibility Partner for the event. Martin Kearney said: “We’re delighted to be a key partner of Northern Pride this year, in what will be its biggest event ever.

We’ve always been a big part of major events in the north east, and we’re looking forward to showing visitors to UK Pride a warm welcome when travelling on Metro.

Sarah Green, chief executive of NGI said: “We are so excited to be welcoming UK Pride to Newcastle. It’s absolutely brilliant to be showing the diversity of life and showing visitors the warmth of the North East welcome. It demonstrates what an inclusive, tolerant, and safe city we are and allows us to support our LGBTQ+ community.” 

Ste Dunn, Director of Northern Pride, said: “We are delighted that we finally get to deliver on our promise to elevate and celebrate the North East’s LGBTQ+ community. We want to welcome everyone to Northern Pride to help us celebrate and create a legacy for UK Pride. 

This week’s UK Pride celebration will launch on Friday night, followed by the Pride March on Saturday from 12pm starting at Newcastle Civic Centre and ending at the Town Moor. 


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