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May 16, 2021 Malcolm Struthers0

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (17 May). If you listen carefully you can almost hear a collective sigh and rolling of eyes. Another awareness day, week, month! What’s the point? The number of days, weeks, months in the calendar raising awareness for different causes can seem overwhelming. However, it is too easy to simply dismiss them.



April 19, 2021 Malcolm Struthers0

The line-up for Calder Calling, our free online music event taking place on Sunday 25 April at 8pm, has been announced.

Hosted by our friend Sarah Courtney the night will feature

As if all that wasn’t enough the night will end with a set from our very own DJ Red Helen – and we have some extra surprises too!

The event is free to attend, just come here to our Facebook page and we will go live!

Join us for a wonderful night celebrating our amazing valley.


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February 16, 2021 Malcolm Struthers6

Sunday 28 February at 8pm.

Online on Facebook Live – Register – Age Recommendation 16+

Justin Vivian Bond (Tony nominated American singer-songwriter, Trans pioneer, author, painter, performance artist, and actor) in conversation with David Hoyle (English artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director). 

Bond has an illustrious career and has starred in films including Shortbus and Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the TV series Ugly Betty. They have performed worldwide, headlining at Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House and touring with Scissor Sisters and opened for Rufus Wainwright. A tireless campaigner for trans rights they pioneered the use of the pronoun Mx.

According to The Guardian, Hoyle’s performances have led him to become “something of a legend” on the London cabaret circuit. They stared in Velvet Goldmine and the acclaimed Channel 4 series Nathan Barley. He regularly exhibits his paintings and tours worldwide. Since the 90’s David has been changing the face of queer performance, his career has spanned cinema, television and award-winning live performances which have influenced so many performers after him.

This will be a candid, funny and insightful chat from two internationally renowned queer artists. 

Online on Facebook Live

‘Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah’ – Time Out.

‘Glorious, extremely funny and properly unique’ – The Guardian on David Hoyle.



February 9, 2021 Malcolm Struthers0

Happy Valley Pride has announced our Spring 2021 digital events. The line-up includes local performers, award-winning artists and international stars of stage and screen. 

All events are free, accessible to everyone, and broadcast on Facebook Live or Zoom. 

Happy Valley Pride celebrates LGBTQ+ life in Hebden Bridge and surrounding areas. Throughout the pandemic, they hosted numerous digital events with thousands of people joining in from their homes in Calder Valley and around the world. 

The Spring 2021 line-up includes:

Justin Vivian Bond and David Hoyle – in Conversation

Sunday 28 February at 8pm.

Justin Vivian Bond (Tony nominated American singer-songwriter, Trans pioneer, author, painter, performance artist, and actor) in conversation with David Hoyle (English artist, avant-garde cabaret artist, singer, actor, comedian and film director). 

Bond has an illustrious career and has starred in films including Shortbus and Can You Ever Forgive Me? and the TV series Ugly Betty. According to The Guardian, Hoyle’s performances have led him to become “something of a legend” on the London cabaret circuit. They stared in Velvet Goldmine and the acclaimed Channel 4 series Nathan Barley. 

This will be a candid, funny and insightful chat from two internationally renowned queer artists. 

‘Justin Vivian Bond is a trans-Atlantic cabaret messiah’ – Time Out.

‘Glorious, extremely funny and properly unique’ – The Guardian on David Hoyle. 

FLUID – Celebrating Queer Identities in Spoken Word

Sunday 21 March at 8pm.

An evening of spoken word performances including Clare Shaw (‘fierce, memorable and visceral’ – Times Literary Supplement), and Andrew McMillan’s (winner of the Guardian First Book Award, Somerset Maugham Award, Northern Writers’ Award and more). The full line-up will be announced nearer the time.

Calder Calling – Music from the Valley

Sunday 25 April at 8pm.

An evening showcasing local performers, singers and musicians from Calder Valley. The set will be hosted by performer Sarah Courtney and includes Terry Logan (‘Original, celebratory and soulful’- John Garden, Scissor Sisters. The full line-up will be announced nearer the time. 

Happy Valley Pride Artistic Director, Tim Whitehead said:

“Happy Valley Pride will bring you some sunshine and light as we head into Spring. Our digital events, all of which are free to attend, showcase local talent and international performers. Please join us for unique perspectives, exclusive performances and a celebration of the arts and LGBTQ+ community.”



February 1, 2021 Malcolm Struthers0

Big news for Happy Valley Pride.

We are thrilled to let you know that the Charity Commission has accepted our organisation and Happy Valley Pride is now a registered charity. It means the world to us to have our work and charitable aims recognised in this way.

We would like to say a huge thank you to our LGBTQ+ community, without your support and enthusiasm we wouldn’t be here and we are incredibly grateful to you. This is a new stage in our development, not only will we be able to carry on creating fantastic work but we can now find new and exciting ways to support you.

Thanks too to our generous sponsors Hebden Royd Town Council, The Community Foundation for Calderdale, Arts Council England and The National Lottery Community Fund for their support of the LGBTQ+ community here in the valley.



December 24, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Announcing the newest member of the Happy Valley Pride team, Terry Logan, who joins us in the role of Youth Engagement Officer.

You may know Terry as a fabulous singer and performer. She is also Head Mentor Tutor at Ryburn Valley Sixth Form where she created one of the first LGBTQ+ support groups in Calderdale. The creation of this group empowered the students to run their own Pride week and present an LGBTQ+ musical theatre production. Terry also organised a Battle of the Bands competition for all the sixth forms in Calderdale, Tim Whitehead and Helen Baron from Happy Valley Pride were judges and they were blown away by the level of organisation and the scale of the event.

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Tim says, “Following her appointment last week, I thought what a difference it would have made to me, as a bullied gay kid in school, to have had someone like Terry inspiring me and showing me that not only was I ok but that which made me different was something to celebrate and love.”

Terry says, “I am honoured and excited to be working with Happy Valley Pride on a project that will help lots of young people explore their identity and create a more positive community where everyone can thrive in a safe, creative and fun environment.”

Education work has always been central to Happy Valley Pride’s mission to promote equality and diversity while celebrating LGBTQ+ life in the valley and we can’t think of a better person to lead our work with local schools.



October 10, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Following the success of our digital mini-festival in the summer, we are thrilled to announce a new series of online events to lift your spirits during the coming months.

Bourgeois & Maurice, Exclusive LIVE show.

Sunday 1st November at 7pm.

Critically acclaimed musical satirists and Hebden favourites Bourgeois & Maurice make a triumphant return to Happy Valley Pride, beaming on to your devices live via the digital realm! Riotous original songs meet hyper surreal, high fashion this exclusive show promises to be a provocative, thought-provoking and hysterical catwalk through the quagmire of current affairs.

“It’s hard to think of any other act delivering such clever, funny and sharp material”.***** Time Out.

The show will be FREE and LIVE on our Facebook page.

Mind Your Head – LGBTQ+ Mental Health Panel.

Wednesday 2 December at 7pm

Join us for this special panel session looking at mental health from an LGBTQ+ perspective. As we approach the festive period, find more about how to improve your resiliency, how to stay connected and engaged and how mental health connects with fitness, nutrition and general wellbeing. Hear from a range of experts and champions. Share your experiences and stories. Stay connected and be part of the conversation.

Hosted by Kate Odonnell, trans performer, activist and patron of Happy Valley Pride.

The panel includes

This event will be BSL interpreted and will be free to attend on Zoom, details will be posted on our Facebook page.

Kirsty’s Poptastic Christmas Singalong Party.

STREAMING LIVE FROM THE TRADES CLUB!

Saturday 19 December at 8pm.

Our online Singalong events have been a big hit this year. For this special Kirsty Newton will lead us in a big festive singalong of classic Christmas songs live from the stage of Hebden’s iconic Trades Club. From Wham to Slade to Mariah, all your favourites will be performed – glam up, grab some egg-nog and join in!The singalong will be followed by a DJ set by our very own Red Helen, who will play the best disco and yuletide hits, she will be joined by some very special surprise guests!

This event will be FREE and LIVE on Facebook and Zoom (the show will be performed without a live audience).

Horse – Live Performance and Q&A

Sunday 24 January at 7pm.

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Exclusive live show especially for Happy Valley Pride. When we booked her, Horse told us just how much her fans in the Valley mean to her.

An iconic and utterly unique singer/songwriter, her music is both moving and uplifting. The show will be followed by a Q&A where you ask the questions.

On Facebook Live and Zoom.



September 25, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

There is a lot going on behind the scenes at Happy Valley Pride as we make plans for 2021. Over 5,000 people engaged with our free digital events in the summer (which was amazing) and we will be announcing more very soon.

In the meantime, we are advertising for a Chair of the Board of Directors and a voluntary Artistic Director to help lead the organisation as we move forward.

If you are interested in joining us you can download the job descriptions below.

Please note that applications should be made via email.

‘Happy Valley Pride is one of the UK’s most alternative Pride festivals that’s got bigger and better year on year, punching above its weight with legendary acts and international performers’. Yorkshire Post – 29th June 2020