A Pride to be proud of

Manchester Pride 2018
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UCEN Manchester students and staff helped celebrate this year’s Manchester Pride event in style 

UCEN Manchester students and staff helped celebrate this year’s Manchester Pride event in style with a float in the parade for the first time, alongside The Manchester College and Total People.

The team helped to plan, organise, decorate and participate in the event, which had the theme ‘Circus of Acceptance’.

Complementing the circus of acceptance with a theme of ‘exclusively inclusive’, the UCEN Manchester team took to the streets of the city centre on their float and had a fantastic time.

Head of Equality and Diversity Amanda Sillett said: “We’re so proud to be involved and have our first float at Manchester Pride, and it’s great to be able to continue celebrating difference and supporting one another on this scale.”

Participating in the event was a great way of celebrating the Group’s LGBT+ community and colleagues were quick to share their enthusiasm.

Higher Education Student Communications and Liaison Officer Jen Brook said: “It’s been a fantastic experience to be involved with Pride for the first time! With the launch of our higher education rebrand as UCEN Manchester this year, this was the perfect opportunity to show support for the LGBTQ+ student community and to celebrate inclusivity and diversity.

“The Students’ Union President was there, along with the LGBT Society, plus other students and staff from every campus. Also, shout out to the Makeup Artistry department who did an amazing job getting everyone looking Pride ready!”

The truck was kindly donated for the parade by Cardinal Maritime, a Wythenshawe based logistics company and the team behind this year's Pride activities was made up of students and staff from UCEN Manchester, The Manchester College, LTE Group, MOL, Total People and Novus.