Jones - visual artist for the Pride workshops
Jones is a visual artist and has been organised and running the
Birmingham Pride Carnival workshops since 1999. Not only will
the workshops provide you with a fantastic outfit, but it gives
like-minded people the chance to get together.
year more than 750 people joined in the parade. We'll be knocking
in a floral number
of 100 outfits during the workshops - the workshops are great
because it's often a culture shock for someone to say it's okay,
you can be gay."
theme for Pride 2003 is Capital of Culture - in support of Birmingham's
bid to be Capital of Culture 2008.
"I feel lovely!"
who is a regular at Pride said; " I feel lovely! I'm excited
I've been going to Pride for 6 years now."
' Last year I went as a 70's dico queen. This year it's gonna
be purple and silver."
time Pride-goer Debbie from Moseley said, " I've been invited
to take part and help with costumes. It's great to meet so many
people - there's a real melting pot of different people."
amongst the reams of tulle, netting, sequins and glitter is construction
artist Jane Douglas, complete with power tools. She does the heavy
construction work on the floats;
best part is people come and get involved and don't know what
a screwdriver is, and leave having learned lots and discovering
it's not just DIY novices that Jane nurtures - she has also had
her brain picked by the Sydney Mardis Gras team who wanted tips
from Jane based on the success of Birmingham Pride.
you want to go along to the Carnival workshops - they're
free - and take place on Monday - Thursday evenings 6-9pm
at AB+ on Lower Essex St (Near to The Fox pub). Or call
Garry Jones on 0774 259 5921