Liverpool’s annual gay pride festival Homotopia has begun its month-long celebrations.

 

The festival launches just one week after a vicious homophobic attack on gay trainee police officer James Parkes, and posters donning the phrase “Homotopia not homophobia” now cover the city’s notice boards.

 

The festival began with a lesbian club night on Saturday at a venue on Parr Street. Other events include art exhibitions, theatre performances, and performances by various comedians and dance artists.

 

Gary Everett, the festival’s director said: “I hope that Homotopia is the catalyst that will bring together people irrespective of their sexualities, through the passion, wit and creative energies of the many talented individuals that have made this event happen.”

 

The festival launched in 2004 and has since supported various Liverpool based companies and artists including Liverpool’s first Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.

 

On the November 17 the critically acclaimed play Little Boy will come to Liverpool. Written by Tommy Kearney, the Merseyside based play is a tale about standing up for what you believe in, and will be performed at the Contemporary Urban Centre.

 

One of the highlights from last year’s festival was The Grand Vogue Ball, and this year, the public will get the chance to re-live the experience through film. The Grand Vogue Ball: The Movie will be screened at Unity Theatre, taking viewers on a visual tour of the event, featuring highlights and behind the scenes footage from last year’s fantasy costume ball at the Adelphi Ballroom.

 

Homotopia Festival Returns to Liverpool

By Ceris Harrison

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