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Birmingham Pride: Thousands march through city in defiant celebration

By Jordan Reynolds | Birmingham | Birmingham entertainment | Published: | Last Updated:

Thousands of people marched through Birmingham in the sunshine as part of the city's annual Pride celebrations.

The parade on Saturday was led by the No Outsiders educational programme's creator, Andrew Moffat, together with the largest Muslim contingent ever seen at Birmingham Pride.

More than 150 LGBTQ+ organisations and thousands of people took part in the Parade, with spectators lining the procession’s route to endorse No Outsiders.

The participants set off from Victoria Square at 12pm and made their way through the city centre to the gay village.

Birmingham Pride, the UK’s biggest two-day LGBTQ+ festival, is this year giving its total backing to the No Outsiders initiative in schools.

No Outsiders teaches children about equality, and is currently under threat from protesters demonstrating outside Birmingham schools.

The man behind No Outsiders, Andrew Moffat MBE - the assistant head at another under-siege local school, Parkfield Community School in Saltley - lead the Pride Parade.

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It came as tensions rose again this week outside Anderson Park Primary School as protesters vowed to continue demonstrations against LGBT teaching.

Emergency services workers got involved in the parade, including West Midlands Police & Crime Commissioner David Jamieson.

Years and Years and Kate Nash were among those to perform at the event on Saturday with Marc Almond on the bill on Sunday.

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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