Bourne FreeBournemouth will once again come together to mark Bourne Free, one of the few Pride events which started with a direct protest against a homophobic event. Ever since the community came together in 2004 in a counter-protest against Christian Voice who were descending upon the town to support a homophobic preacher’s right to speak publicly. Since then, the annual event has grown into one of the brightest events in the South of the UK.

This year the parade starts at East Cliff at 11am on Saturday 9th July and finishes at The Triangle by midday. The theme this year is Bourne Free Does Broadway, so get your best glam on ready for the event.  The main performances and the information stalls will be at the Band Stand in the Lower Gardens where you can see a wide-range of acts while you (hopefully) bask in the summer sun. The Triangle then comes alive in the evening with all the venues offering a Rio Carnival themed evening of fun. Wristbands are required for entry, which cost £10 and can be bought from the Bourne Free website.




Natalie has been an LGBT journalist for 12 years and joined the Fyne team in 2001. Her interests outside of work are cycling, running and badminton. She is also studying for a degree in psychology.

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