LGBT+ Ukrainians travel to Liverpool for Pride march

Hundreds of LGBT+ Ukrainians took to the streets of Liverpool as the city hosted Pride on behalf of their country’s capital, Kyiv.

The blue and yellow flag of the war-torn nation appeared just as prominently as the bright multicoloured banners traditionally seen at the event, as attendees embarked on a “march for freedom” to show their support.

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People walk behind an anti-war banner as they take part in the Pride march in Liverpool

Image: Anti-war banners and Ukrainian flags were a common sight

KyivPride spokesperson Edward Reese was among those who travelled to take part, saying the cities enjoyed an “amazing friendship” after Liverpool hosted Eurovision on Ukraine’s behalf earlier this year.

“We are marching together for Ukraine, for freedom, to remind the world and the UK the war is not over,” he said.

Liverpool is a very welcoming and friendly and warm city, so we are happy that we are here.”

People hold a Ukraine flag as they take part in the Pride march in Liverpool, Britain, July 29, 2023. REUTERS/Phil Noble

People take part in the Pride in Liverpool parade. Picture date: Saturday July 29, 2023.

People take part in the Pride in Liverpool parade. Picture date: Saturday July 29, 2023.

A person ahead of the Pride in Liverpool parade. Picture date: Saturday July 29, 2023.

Alongside the main march, the city organised street parties, community performances, family-friendly spaces, and a garden party at Liverpool Parish Church.

There was also a pop-up LGBT+ safe space, which initially launched during Eurovision back in May.

People carry banners during the Pride march in Liverpool, Britain, July 29, 2023. REUTERS/Phil Noble

A person ahead of the Pride in Liverpool parade. Picture date: Saturday July 29, 2023.

A person ahead of the Pride in Liverpool parade. Picture date: Saturday July 29, 2023.

Andi Herring, chief executive of Liverpool City Region Pride Foundation, said it was an honour to host the event.

The city shares a “lasting bond with Ukraine that will remain with us”, she added.

Nazir Udin displays his rainbow heart earrings before taking part in the Pride march in Liverpool, Britain, July 29, 2023. REUTERS/Phil Noble

People hold an anti-war banner before taking part in the Pride march in Liverpool, Britain, July 29, 2023. REUTERS/Phil Noble

People carry banners during the Pride march in Liverpool, Britain, July 29, 2023. REUTERS/Phil Noble

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