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History of Geek Pride
Founded in 2012 to honour Alan Turing and to recognise his achievements and centenarian, Geek Pride now acts as an annual legacy event to celebrate both his LGBT and geek identity.
2012 saw the first entry of Geek Pride in the Manchester Pride parade, with over 20 members turning up on the day to take part in the parade and many more supporting us on social networks. Over a series of meetups throughout July and August, Geek Pride members created placards, banners and flags to display throughout the parade.
Anyone who wants to get involved is more than welcome, whatever their background or sexuality.
From students, professionals and political party leaders, Geek Pride has had a wide range of participants in the past and we want to continue to be as inclusive as possible, from the Manchester geek community and beyond. In fact, we positively encourage people who may not have previously identified with Pride events to give it a go and join in this opportunity to honour the memory of Alan Turing and celebrate geek culture.
See more photos from our previous events on our Facebook page.
Do you have a passion for the peculiar or a tingling for technology? If so, it sounds like you love geek. Sign up and help spread the word, promote the event, get creative in our workshops and, of course, march in the parade in all your geekdom on Saturday 23rd August 2014 *
* A detailed inventory and full briefing will given prior to the parade.
Sign up and get involved
Register below and join our community group. We'll keep you in the loop about developments and meetups in the coming weeks. We totally respect your privacy and we'll only email you about Geek Pride events. You can easily unsubscribe anytime.
We'll be hosting a series of meetups across July and August to discuss, plan, create and celebrate the main Geek Pride parade event. You're welcome to attend every event - in fact we encourage you to do so - however if you're not based in the Manchester area and can't make any of the pre-meetups, you're fine to just turn up on the Parade day (just let us know so we can forward you full details).
24th — 6-8:30pm @ TechHub
Initial meetup to register interest, get to know everyone, discuss the main event, draw up a plan for the creative workshop and come up ideas for parade promotion materials.RSVP
9 & 10th — 12-5pm @ TechHub
Creative workshop — The main opportunity to create placards, banners, bunting, flags and other promotional material for the parade entry.RSVP
21st — 6pm onwards @ Molly House
Parade briefing and social. It's important to attend this as we'll be fully briefing everyone on the parade route and the "dos" and "dont's". Also a great opportunity to get to know others over a drink.RSVP
23rd — 10am @ TechHub
Pre-parade meetup. The initial meeting point for everyone. We'll collect our placards/banners and walk down to the start of the parade for the main event, which commences at 12am and lasts roughly two hours.RSVP
23rd — 3pm onawards @ Fab Cafe
Time to unwind. The parade will be over and it's time to celebrate and raise a glass to Geek Love.RSVP
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Geek Pride?
Geek Pride is a chance for you to celebrate who you are and what you love! Whatever kind of geek you are and whatever your background, come and be a part of the Pride parade in Manchester this bank holiday weekend.
Wait... what exactly is a geek?
Good question! A geek is anyone who simply has a passion for something, probably quite niche! For example, you could be a classic sci-fi geek or maybe a bike geek or a sports geek. Or perhaps you just love technology or participating in cosplay - anything goes. Usually, we're a bit outside the mainstream but that's what makes us interesting.
What is Manchester Pride?
The Manchester Pride Festival is the largest of the City's Staple Calendar events and has continually attracted a crowd of over 200,000 people throughout the City Centre, and a daily audience of over 42,000 people have attended the Big Weekend. Since 2003, Manchester Pride has raised a staggering £1million for charity; which has been distributed to hundreds of LGBT and HIV groups and charities and benefited a wide range of diverse projects.
Is Geek Pride for everyone? Isn't Pride just for LGBT people?
Geek Pride is definitely for everyone - especially if you've never identified or wanted to be involved in anything Pride related. It's because Pride is for everyone and we should be represented.
What is the Pride Parade?
The Pride Parade is a free event that goes through the centre of Manchester. Anyone and everyone is welcome to participate in the Geek Pride part of the Parade and you don’t need a ticket for Manchester Pride to do so.
I don't have a ticket for Pride
The Manchester Pride Parade is a free event and you don’t need a ticket to get involved with Geek Pride. If you wish to attend the Manchester Pride festival, you will need a ticket for the event.
What will Geek Pride look like?
Geek Pride is a walking group which forms part of the Manchester Pride parade. As for what we'll look like, that's up to you! We geeks are a diverse group and we want everyone to celebrate who they are and what they love. Throughout the initial meetups, we'll come up with ideas and options to make our walking entry look awesome!
How do I get Involved?
It's simple. Fill out the quick form above in the "Get Involved" section and we'll be in touch with details about the meetups and socials. If you're not from Manchester or will struggle to attend the initial meetings, don't worry, you can still walk in the Parade with us! We'll have ready-made placards available for you to use (or even better, make your own). Just let us know so we can confirm numbers! :)