Set to shine a light on diversity, over 30 buildings across the city will be embellished in rainbow colours, in the run-up to this years Liverpool Pride Festival.

Starting today (20 July), multiple iconic buildings such as St George’s Hall, Liverpool Central Library, The Bluecoat and Liverpool Everyman Theatre will light up to raise awareness of LGBT+ hate crimes, and present Liverpool as a visibly supportive LGBT+ city.

With more partners on-board supporting the return of the ‘Come Out of the Shadows’ campaign, Liverpool is guaranteed to come alive with the colours of pride, which will run until Sunday 30 July.

Come Out of the Shadows aims to make Liverpool a safer place for all, through educating, raising awareness and more importantly normalising LGBT+ in all its forms. Sparking interest and encouraging debate, the campaign aims to present Liverpool as diverse and tolerant, creating an inclusive environment for the LGBT+ community to feel accepted in.

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Supported by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Merseyside Police Headquarters will also be one of the many buildings gleaming with pride, as well as Barclays Bank on Lord Street, with Barclays being the headline sponsor for the Liverpool Pride Festival 2017.

Liverpool Football club will also be pledging their support again, following their successful lighting of the Kop last year.

About to embark on its eighth consecutive year, Liverpool Pride has established itself as a major event in Merseyside’s summer calendar, attracting over 75,000 people alone in 2013. Since 2010, the event now takes place annually, coinciding with the anniversary of the death of Michael Causer, a murdered gay teenager living in Liverpool.

Garlands Crew at Liverpool Pride 2013

Liverpool Pride Festival 2017 will take place between Saturday 29 July and Sunday 30 July, this years theme of International Love complementing Liverpool’s ‘50 Summers of Love’ festival, which celebrates the decriminalisation of homosexuality for 50 years.

Expected to be a weekend filled with fun, love and diversity, Liverpool’s annual Pride March with take place on 29 July, followed by entertainment for the remainder of the event in St. George’s Quarter, which is to be headlined by double platinum selling girl group Atomic Kitten.

For more information, keep up to date with Liverpool Pride at:

www.liverpoolpride.co.uk