SWINDON, August 16, 2008 – Thousands turned out for the first-ever Swindon Gay Pride, held today in the Town Gardens.
The event, centred on the “Bowl” stage, featured a host of entertainers – with one singer, Charlene – coming all the way from California.
Organisers had promised “something for everyone” in the ten-hour programme. And this was the case.
In addition to singers, bands and drag queens (Miss Trixie and Miss Sandra were joint “mistresses of ceremonies”), there was a modern ballet performance by Swindon Dance.
As an alternative, the bandstand had performances by the Wootton Basset Brass Band and a local jazz band.
Councillor Rod Bluh, the leader of the Swindon Borough Council said that it was hoped that the town “can fully express its desire to create an open and accepting community that is built on relationships rather than stereotypical assumptions and fears”.
“Swindon Pride is about our community," he continued. “It is about accepting that our families, businesses and school, neighbourhoods and social networks, involve and include lesbians, gay men, bisexual, transgender and heterosexual people.
“It is about saying that no one need live in fear because of who they are. ”Entertainment was due to continue until 10.30pm
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