Silver Pride 2021
Celebrating older people in the LGBT+ community and helping to tackle issues of loneliness and isolation.
Now in its second year, Silver Pride is a unique online festival designed to connect with and celebrate older LGBT+ people.
Over three days of summer, Silver Pride presents a smorgasbord of guests, sessions and events. There are interviews: Broadway and Hollywood star Alan Cumming is our “opening gala” guest; our Big Saturday Interview is with actress Michelle Hardwick, currently appearing in Emmerdale; and actor and writer Simon Callow will be in conversation with theatre director Robert Hastie.
Michelle Hardwick said: "I'm thrilled to be part of such an exciting line-up for Silver Pride 2021. Times have been tough for everyone lately and events like Silver Pride are the perfect antidote to those times. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer weekend!"
Running July 30 and 31 & August 1, Silver Pride includes panel discussions, a cookalong and a singalong. Straight Jacket author Matthew Todd and novelist Matt Cain will discuss their work, and there will even be a lock-in as writers Paul Flynn and Jeremy Atherton-Lindiscuss the pivotal place of the pub in the gay experience.
The programme also features specially commissioned films: Drag Queen Story Hours, This is Me and, a sneak preview of Maisie, Lee Cooper’s documentary about Britain’s oldest drag artiste.
With this year’s theme ‘everyday heroes’, Silver Pride is a celebration of the heroism that LGBT+ people show in order just to live their authentic lives. It is also a commemoration of those who went before us – those who marched and fought and campaigned and died for the freedoms we enjoy today.
Silver Pride Founder Craig Burton said: “We want to create conversations about and generate noise around the lives of older LGBT+ folks, as well as promoting intergenerational communication. These ambitions are reflected in our programme: it’s aimed at older people but there really is something for everyone.”
Burton adds: “We’ve made tickets free this year because we want to make the festival as accessible as possible – though we hope folks will consider donating what they can afford so Silver Pride can support grassroots LGBT+ groups and organisations across the UK.”
All donations will go to a special Silver Pride fund, being overseen by the LGBT Consortium, and will be distributed to groups catering for older LGBT+ people and creating much-needed community.