By Jonathan Holmes
Guernsey has held the British Isles' first "in person" Pride event since the coronavirus pandemic.
Thousands of people attended over the weekend without the need for social distancing.
Guernsey held the British Isles' first "in person" Pride event since the coronavirus pandemic.
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The market steps in town have been painted with the rainbow colours of the LGBT flag in support of the Channel Islands Pride event.
The event will take place on Saturday from 14:00 in Candie Gardens, with the march to Market Square beginning two hours later.
The colours were projected onto the Town Church on Thursday night and will be for two more nights in support of the event.
Ellie Jones, from LGBT charity Liberate, said they expected about 5,000 people to attend, including visitors from the Isle of Man, despite the fact that Jersey supporters will not be able to attend.
She added: "Everyone's been coming out, no pun intended, in force of any events that are going on in the islands at the moment."
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Exeter Pride has been cancelled for the second time due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The day-long event, which celebrates the LGBTQ+ community, was originally scheduled for 2 May, but was moved back to 26 September due to the lockdown.
Thousands of people typically attend the celebrations, including a 'rainbow flag' march through the town.
Trustees said they had been forced to cancel again due to the "daily changing situation" of the virus and to ensure "the continued health and well-being of everyone in the community".
Simon Bowkett, Chair of Exeter Pride, said: "As the first outdoor UK Pride of the season, we cancelled hoping that – later in the summer – others may still be lucky enough to happen.
"With one or two exceptions (that have yet to happen) this has not been the case.
"Sadly we just cannot go ahead with our proposed event on 26 September, but we will continue to campaign and stand up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer plus (LGBTQ+) rights and to keep our community together."
Mr Bowkett said organisers were developing an online plan for the event instead.
Avanti West Coast, which runs the main line trains through Cumbria, has painted one of its trains in the colours of the LGBTQ flag.Copyright: Avanti West Coast
The company said the train would run in its new livery for the next year.
The Avanti West Coast executive director, Sarah Copley, said the train would be "a symbol of our commitment to diversity and inclusion as it travels up and down the West Coast Main Line."
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The UK's first fully decorated Pride train will be making its inaugural journey today, staffed by an LGBT+ crew.
The biggest Pride flag reportedly seen in the UK will grace the side of the 11-carriage train, which will travel from London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly this morning.
Members of the train's crew said the eye-catching paint job and the staffing selection is a "sign of the steps we're taking towards a more inclusive, diverse and equal society".
Train manager Paul Austin said: "This is about being accepted for who I am and representing the LGBT+ community we serve across our network.
"Being a part of the UK's first all-LGBT+ crew is a sign of the steps we're taking towards a more inclusive, diverse and equal society and I am so proud to be involved today."
The train will be covered in the traditional Pride rainbow colours, with the addition of black and brown to symbolise BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) inclusion, as well as the colours of the transgender flag.
Inside, the train will be filled with posters and literature for passengers and will feature Pride-related information and facts during the onboard announcements.
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Channel Islands Pride 2020 in Guernsey could be the only such event happening within the British Isles, or even the whole of Europe this year because of coronavirus, one of its organisers has said.
It is due to take place on 12 September to celebrate the diverse range of communities in the islands.
Ellie Jones said despite the difficulties the pandemic had caused, it was "super-exciting" to host the Channel Island-wide event in Guernsey for a third time.
Police have urged people not to attend unofficial Pride events in Brighton this weekend amid concerns people will head to the seaside city en masse.
The popular festival was due to be headlined this weekend by Mariah Carey and the Pussycat Dolls but it was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
There are worries among authorities in the city that social distancing will be put at risk if too many people head to the coast. Instead, they have urged people to mark the event virtually.
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