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December 3, 2020 Tim Whitehead0

Thank you to everyone who joined the Mind Your Head panel session on Wednesday 2 December. It was an informative and lively discussion about LGBTQ+ mental health during 2020.

Our Mind Your Head panel – 2 December 2020

Thank you to our panel

Adapt, reconnect, hold on to learning and practice self-love.

Kate O ‘ Donnell

Get it (worries and anxieties) out your head, get it down on… a bit of paper, a post-it note… even jotting it down on your phone… and that can really help take away a lot of the anxiety.

Malcolm Struthers

Be aware – often we don’t recognize mental health issues creeping up on us

Sally Mccabe

A lot of us think of the mind and body as separate… if people notice their mental health worse you will notice your body doesn’t feel as good either… aches and pains, lethargy etc.

Carl Harrison

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November 11, 2020 Tim Whitehead0

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 O’Donnell, 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.



October 6, 2020 cpark750

Happy Valley Pride has been lucky enough to partner with all sorts of interesting people over the years. None more so than local artist, Paul MacDonald. Paul has participated in many Happy Valley Pride events over the years and will be a familiar face to many. We caught up with him to find out how this crazy year has been for him and what is on the horizon for him.



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



July 3, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

We are very excited to announce a series of exclusive, free to attend, online events from Thursday 23 to Saturday 25 July, the week that Happy Valley Pride should have taken place.

Happy Valley Pride Digital 2020

Jinx Monsoon – A Midsummer Night Scream – Saturday 25 July, 8pm.

Happy Valley Pride has established a reputation for bringing world class acts to the area, and following this tradition we are thrilled that international drag superstar Jinkx Monsoon will perform an exclusive show created especially for us. One of the biggest stars to come from the Netflix mega-hit TV show Rupaul’s Drag Race, Jinkx won season five and has gone on to tour worldwide.

‘A drag queen at the artistic genius end of the spectrum of sassiness’ – ★★★★★ Attitude

‘Straight or gay, everyone leaves this show with sides aching from laughter’ – The New York Times.

More information on Facebook

Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong D*I*S*C*O Special and After-party – Friday 24 July, 8pm.

Kirsty Newton will lead another of our hugely popular singalong events, this time we’re hitting the dancefloor and singing classic Disco and pop anthems. The singalong will be followed by an after-party with ‘Legendary’ (BBC 6 Music) DJ Red Helen, who will play a set from her sell-out Trades Club night D*I*S*C*O.

More information on Facebook

Writing Anne Lister: An LGBTQ+ History – Thursday 23 July, 7pm.

Writer and academic Dr Jill Liddington, whose research into the diaries of Anne Lister inspired the BBC/HBO series Gentleman Jack, will provide an insight into the life and times of the iconic Anne Lister ‘the first modern lesbian’. This talk was originally due to take place back in March just before lockdown hit, the event will take place live and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

More information on Facebook

Happy Valley Pride’s Chair, Tim Whitehead says

We’re pulling out all the stops with very limited funding and resources to create something special for our wonderful community in a very challenging year. Even though we can’t get together in person it’s important to still show our Pride.”

Be Here, Be You, Be Proud!



June 1, 2020 Darren Spruce0

In 2015, shocked by a piece of homophobic graffiti in the town, four strangers from Hebden Bridge met in a pub to brainstorm ideas. Happy Valley Pride was born and the strangers became a team.

The brief was simple: promote equality through art and education. 

Word spread fast, and the team of volunteers grew bigger and bigger. People travelled from Todmorden, Mytholmroyd, Halifax and even further, to give their time and passion creating something truly positive for the community. I had taken on the role of volunteer coordinator, and I was overwhelmed by the number of applications from people wanting to help – and by the vast array of skills that people had to offer. 

The first festival took place in the summer of 2016 and there was so much momentum we were able to get local hero Sally Wainwright to cut the ribbon. Over the years, our team has grown and grown. Some volunteers joined the Board, some help out during the festival, and some are ready to lend a hand whenever it’s needed. I hope that because of what we do people feel supported, connected and part of something truly unique and special. I certainly do.

Alongside the hard graft of putting on the festival, many friendships have been formed. Happy Valley Pride is entirely volunteer led and run, and every single person who has ever been involved should be immensely proud of what they have helped to create. This Volunteer Week we want to say thank you to every single one of you, you are truly amazing. 

I can’t wait to work with you all again soon. I miss you all dearly, especially at the moment.

With lots of love,

Darren

Happy Valley Pride Volunteers


May 23, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

She’s back! Due to popular demand, Happy Valley Pride presents Kirsty’s Poptastic Singalong – Back to the 80s Special!

On Friday 5 June at 8pm the ‘enormously talented’ (BBC), ‘musical powerhouse’ (Chortle) Kirsty Newton will be back to lead us all in a life affirming singalong party, and this time we’re going back to the 80s!

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The event will take place online, we’ll be singing some of the biggest 80s anthems as chosen by you. Kids are welcome too!

The last singalong attracted over 100 people, so save the date and more details will follow shortly.



May 15, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Despite lockdown, the world is getting ready to mark once again International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOBIT). Created in 2004, IDAHOBIT draws the attention to the violence and discrimination experienced by lesbian, gay, bisexuals, transgender, intersex people and all other people with diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or expressions, and sex characteristics. This year will, of course, be quite different, but by no means any less vital. The pandemic affects every single person, however the LGBTQ+ community may be experiencing increased discrimination and are disproportionately impacted by the wider healthcare and wellbeing implications of the current situation.

Manchester based LGBT Foundation has reported a huge spike in calls to their crisis line during the lockdown. Calls include those in isolation experiencing violence or discrimination with abusive or unsupportive families. More people are concerned about not being able to attend sexual health appointments. Many just need someone to talk to.

They have a number of services to help support vulnerable members of the LGBTQ+ community during this time including a Coronavirus Hub. It provides a range of tools and resources to support the LGBTQ+ community during this time.

Did you know – May 17 was specifically chosen to commemorate the World Health Organization’s decision in 1990 to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder.



April 29, 2020 Malcolm Struthers0

Happy Valley Pride present our first ever live online event – Kirsty’s Poptastic Piano Singalong – Gay Anthems Special!

Many of you will remember Kirsty Newton from the opening night of Happy Valley Pride last year. The ‘enormously talented’ (BBC), ‘musical powerhouse’ (Chortle) will blast away your lockdown blues when she leads everyone in a singalong set of your favourite gay anthems – live on Friday 8 May at 8pm.

You vote for your favourite song! We will post a list of gay anthems for you to choose from later this week. Once voting is over we will provide a lyric sheet for you to download so you can sing along with Kirsty.

The event is free, a link will be posted on our Facebook page on the day, please check back for more details.

Until then stay safe, stay at home and we’ll see you for a big LGBTQ+ knees up!