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Two cities, one country - for a united Europe open to the world. Stockholm Pride and Gothenburg’s West Pride collaborate to host Europride 2018.

The European Pride Organisers Association has decided that Stockholm Pride and West Pride in Gothenburg will host EuroPride in both cities in summer 2018. 

"We’re looking forward to a summer painted with the colors of the rainbow, with a dazzling celebration, discussion and manifesting the equal rights of all people, starting in Gothenburg in June and ending in August in Stockholm. We want to challenge the framework of what a Pride festival is. Every festival is part of a larger battle for the equal rights of all people. By collaborating with other festivals in Sweden and Europe, we’re showing that Pride and the LGBT movement are bigger than each week and city,” say Sandra Ehne, Chairperson of Stockholm Pride, and Laila Poulsen, Chairpeople of West Pride.

The summer of 2018 will be filled with joy, politics and solidarity in Sweden – and the organisers aim to challenge norms and shine a spotlight on LGBT issues and everyone’s right to love who they want and be who they are. In the spirit of collaboration and joining forces, we will place extra emphasis on international solidarity.

“It is with great joy that I welcome EuroPride 2018 to Gothenburg! The rights of LGBT individuals are human rights and human dignity is international. Together, we can make a difference in the world,” says Anneli Hulthén, Mayor of Gothenburg.

Sweden and Stockholm held EuroPride 1998 and 2008. On yet another 10 year anniversary, Sweden has yet another= opportunity to demonstrate how LGBT rights have developed in 20 years, while simultaneously carrying out the 25th EuroPride event – in what is known as one of the most open-minded countries in the world. 

"Stockholm is known worldwide as an open city, and we are happy and proud to welcome EuroPride for the third time. We have the necessary capacity to hold this kind of big event, and I look forward to welcoming visitors from Sweden and the rest of the world to EuroPride 2018,” says Karin Wanngård, Commissioner of Finance in Stockholm.

“I’m thriled that Sweden will have the opportunity to host this globally renowned LGBT celebration in both our largest cities. Stockholm was earlier this year honoured as “Destination of the Year” at the British LGBT Awards as a result of a public vote and we have been doing great work to attract more LGBT people to holiday in Gothenburg and West Sweden. West Pride has grown as an event in which people from the UK travel to and it’s fantastic to have the opportunity to put all of Sweden in the spotlight and highlight what an amazing destination we are for LGBT travellers,” says Gabriel Dorch, of VisitSweden in the UK.

In 2015, EuroPride was held in Riga. In 2016 it will be in Amsterdam and in 2017, EuroPride will stand back for World Pride, which will take place in Madrid.

For more information, interviews, images, please contact UWERN JONG -uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk 


A gay fairytale romance is the latest story amongst Pop'n'Olly's educational videos for young children. The Youtube channel, created by presenter Olly Pike, is a free resource which provides educational establishments with media involving LGBT themes.  

"I feel the best way to battle discrimination for future generations is to start with children” says Pike from his Kickstarter page. "We should educate them about a wider cross-section of society and teach acceptance with regards to love, kindness and respect.”

Pop'n'Olly's newest video Prince Henry, depicts a loving romance between a young Prince and his servant Thomas. The video focuses on the idea of class being a discriminating factor rather then sexuality, as the Princes father is happy for him to wed either boy or girl. The video goes on to teach how all humans are equal regardless of our differences.

Previous episodes look at different family setups, including those headed by same-sex couples. Pike also aims to break-down gender stereotypes, his video Super Balloon Dude, involving a pink costumed super hero, helps to 'Encourage children to be themselves whilst promoting diversity as a positive notion'.

Pike plans to create more free videos on diversity, particularly focusing on LGBT themes, and intends to develop further his channel with help from his recently launched Kickstarter page. He hopes to fund video production through this page, as well as publishing ‘Prince Henry' which can be claimed as a reward by pledging. Additional books, which tackle similar subjects with the theme of discrimination, are also part of Pike's long term aspirations.

"The ultimate goal, would be to have my work integrated as part of the Key Stage 1 schools syllabus, across England and Wales and then to expand this as an international protocol. I think it's vital subjects like these be taught alongside academic subjects, after all, what is an education worth, if it is lacking in basic human rights?" 

Pike notably agrees with such ideas, which we have seen from the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, who earlier this year stated 'I am increasingly supportive of the proposition that education of any kind, if it is devoid of strong universal human rights component, can be next to worthless. We need people who are kind, people with PHD-level compassion'

Pike claims each script goes through a thorough editing process to ensure that the tone is completely appropriate for the intended audience and that the final cut delivers a message that is informative, entertaining and non judgemental. 'It is vital we provide learning tools such as this for future generations, content which enables conversation, discussion and ultimately combats discrimination."

Pop'n'Olly's Kickstarter page can be viewed here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/623076085/lgbt-educational-videos-for-children?ref=discovery 

Website: www.popnolly.com

Facebook: Pop'n'Olly

Twitter: @popnolly



FOR MORE INFORMATION, images, profile and interview request, please contact Olly Pike at olly-pike@hotmail.co.uk




Malmö, a city reveling in the limelight of arguably the gayest music event in the world - the Eurovision Song Contest - has upped its game in welcoming gay and lesbian visitors, establishing itself as credible travel destination for LGBT people even after the quirky song contest has passed.

Besides the obvious and varied choices of gay and gay-friendly things to do (and weʼve provided a quick list of whatʼs in for LGBT people visiting the city at the end of this release), Malmö is the perfect citybreak choice for the discerning LGBT visitor because thereʼs so much more on offer in the heart of the city, let alone it being the gateway to the beautiful Skâne region.



Malmö is a great choice for those interested in cruising small art galleries. From local artists to international exhibitions, galleries like Kret, Galleri Rostrum and Makeriet offers something for everyone. 

The big news this summer, however is Malmö Nordic, the city’s major art initiative for 2013, a contemporary art event that opened earlier this month and runs through the summer until August 18th. Everyone from Malmö’s big art institutions to artist-run private galleries and public workshops are taking part, interpreting the theme and making their own contribution in the spirit of dynamism and diversity. www.malmonordic.se


Malmö is the city for foodies… home to the gourmet district of Mollenvangstorget (affectionally known to locals as Mollan), a live open-air market with shops and restaurants catering to every tastes from every country in the world.

But the most talked-about restaurant in the city is the strangely named Bastard – with a trendy yet cozy bistro atmosphere, focus on fresh product and nose-to-tail approach to dining. A meat-lover’s paradise. What’s in the name? Well you’ll have to go and find out for yourself, but it just goes to show that the people of Malmö do have a sense of humour! www.bastardrestaurant.se



Malmö is known across the nation for its design culture and there are some really exciting places to hunt down pieces for your home. Check out Ohlsson and Gerthel and Formargruppen. But equally, this is the independent shopper’s mecca… in the area around the square Davidhallstorg you’ll find some of the trendiest and chic-est shops - among them is Tjallamall – a haven of all things vintage, plus some unique, hand-made single-pieces by the city’s up and coming designers. www.tjallamalla.com

And if bargain-hunting is more your style, don’t forget to drop into one of the city’s fleamarket. You’ll find one every Sunday at Drottningtorget.



Malmö is a city with an intimate vibe – similar to Brighton, with its seafront location, modern architecture and diverse community. But ultimately, it is affordable, a vibrant city offering great value for money. You can stay in the city for under £100 a night in some comfortable digs, including the Rica Hotel and Master Johan.

www.rica-hotels.com www.masterjohan.se


For more specific things to do in Malmo, and updated shop, restaurant and art listings, please contact uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or visit the official tourist website at www.malmotown.com


Hereʼs whatʼs in for LGBTs in Malmo..




One of Malmoʼs premier gay clubs Find out more at: www.wonk.se



Cabaret Moulin

One of the best drag shows in Sweden, taking place just once a month at the Tango

Palace. www.cabaretmoulin.se



Chez Madame

When (if) you’re all partied out, try out this gay-friendly eco-cafe in the heart of Malmo.



Moccasin Mat & Vin

A gay-friendly restaurant , delightfully combining simple food and luxurious cocktails, this is a versatile venue for all tastes.



From April 25th, Gothenburg’s staple, the Bee Kök & Bar will open as Malmö's newest gay venue. You will find it at Södra Förstadsgatan, this "straight-friendly" gay restaurant the food is great and the atmosphere unique, with alfresco dining options www.beebar.se



Ryanair flies from daily from London Stansted to Malmo Sturup with a journey time of just under two hours. www.ryanair.com





AN EVENING OF LGBT COMEDY & CELEBRATION - LGBT charity, the East London Outreach Project (ELOP) will be hosting a charity fundraiser, a fun-filled evening of fine comedy, great entertainment and LGBT celebration.

Date: Thursday 14th March 2013, from 6pm
State Street Bank, 20 Churchill Place, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5HJ
A minimum donation of £45 per person to attend
Reductions for whole table bookings of 10 (subject to availability).

An Evening of LGBT Celebration at London's Canary Wharf is being kindly hosted & supported by State Street Global Pride UK.

Commencing with a warm, welcomed relaxing informal drinks reception from 6.00pm the evenings line-up will be compered by & opened with a side-splitting performance from the extremely funny, award winning stand-up British comedian SHAZIA MIRZA, followed by lively, effervescent, brilliantly witty, satirical and inevitably camp entertainment from TINA C, ROSIE WILBY, VG LEE, DAVID MORGAN, CHECKLEY & BUSH any the splendidly glamorous PINK SINGERS plus other invited special guests.

Guest public appearances include Michael Cashman MEP and Brian Paddick, along with much more to entertain us whilst we enjoy free alcoholic & soft drinks & finger-food sharing plates at our tables.

And to top it all there will be a fantastic Special CHARITY AUCTION with prizes including a rare original copy of the Civil Partnership Act signed by Government at the time it was passed, 12year aged single-malt, House of Lords Wine, gay-image oil painting, signed Gilbert & George book & lots more...

And all for just a £45 minimum donation/ person or reductions for whole table bookings for 10 people (subject to availability).

Please email admin@elop.org or call 020 8509 3898 for further booking & reference details.

Please do join us and enjoy a fantastic evening’s entertainment whilst supporting an incredibly cause.  All monies raised for the evening contribute to the delivery & expansion of ELOP front-line LGBT support services.



Did you see the new Lloyds TSB ad when it aired last night, primetime at 21.15 on ITV? Did you spot the gay couple on the ad, developed with help from the bank’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) staff network, Rainbow?

The advert which is animated in the banks usual distinctive style, is about the smart features available on Lloyds TSB current accounts, enabling customers to tailor their account to suit the way they manage their money.

The gay couple featured in the ad, named Emery and Dillion by staff, are seen riding a segway and walking hedgehogs.

Rainbow is an inclusive Group-wide network for colleagues which aims to help Lloyds Banking Group become the best place to work for LGBT people.

Steve Jackman, Senior Manager at Lloyds TSB Customer Treatment and Co-chair of the Rainbow Diversity Network, said: “Working closely with our colleagues in Marketing we had great fun developing these characters and were pleased to be able to introduce them within the advert. 

“Although Lloyds TSB has featured same sex couples in print advertising this is the first time a gay couple have featured in a TV ad and it’s particularly pleasing that the advert recognises our customers, like our colleagues, are all different.”

In addition to the characters viewers will also recognise a rainbow flag on their segway to represent the banks LGBT customers and its Rainbow staff network.

Anyone can create their own Lloyds TSB style character by visiting the banks website at www.lloydstsbme.com
Halifax, who like Lloyds TSB is part of the Lloyds Banking Group, also features a gay couple in its current mortgage adverts which are appearing in LGBT publications over the coming months.

Halifax print ads usually only feature one person but Halifax has subtly adapted the image to make it more relevant to the gay community.  The media schedule has then been revised to include key LGBT publications such as Gay Times, Diva, G3 and Attitude alongside mainstream press and the branch network.

Eva Eisenschimmel, Director of Customer, Brand, Digital and Telephone Banking for Lloyds Banking Group has spear-headed the inclusive approach for both banks.  Commenting on the new ads Eva said; “Including same sex couples within the Halifax and Lloyds TSB ads is a small part of our wider aim to ensure we reflect the diversity of our customers and staff in our advertising.  As a Group we are committed to LGBT equality and have a strong tack record in this field.” 

“We are consistently in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers index each year and are always looking at ways to support the LGBT community more broadly.”
Lloyds TSB recently signed up to partner Stonewall’s Youth Volunteering Programme by providing both funding and mentors for the young people involved.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Sarah Swailes, Senior Manager, Group Media Relations:
020 7661 4639