Northern Pride was formed in August 2007 after a brief gap in Pride activities following the closure of Pride on the Tyne. A research project was commissioned and carried out by MET Ltd to establish what the North East LGBTQ+ community would like from a Pride event. These results were fed back into the community in May 2007 and from this feedback a group of volunteers came forward and formed the first Northern Pride committee.
Northern Pride was incorporated as a limited company in 2009 to give the organisation greater accountability and protection and is a registered charity. In 2018 the charity was rebranded, and the new core principles were introduced.
Protect LGBTQ+ rights already won and champion these whilst supporting the fight to end equality indifferences that remain at home and abroad.
Promote a healthy body and mind through access to support and education for the community and our straight allies.
Provide a series of LGBTQ+ events including our annual festival to bring communities closer together and celebrate our diversity.
These core principles are the foundations to enable Northern Pride to proudly promote Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer plus, culture through public celebration of our heritage and engaging in education and cultural activities that enrich the community whilst raising awareness of the issue’s LGBTQ+ people face, building mutual respect and working to end homophobia, biphobia and transphobia bullying (HBT) and discrimination.