A new partnership between the Queens Hotel and Portsmouth Pride has just been announced – and we celebrated the news in style with The Face of Portsmouth Pride, drag queen Cherry Liquor.
With Portsmouth Pride due to take place on Saturday June 11, the Queens Hotel General Manager Paul Playford was delighted to welcome members of the Portsmouth Pride management team and their giant flag too …
“We are really excited to announce our partnership and we will become The Official Hotel of Portsmouth Pride. We see the Queens Hotel as being a place that offers a warm welcome to everyone.
“Our team will be taking part in the parade ahead of the main Portsmouth Pride event and we look forward to welcoming people attending Portsmouth Pride as we will be opening our newly designed garden on the day.
“This is just the start of our partnership with Portsmouth Pride and we look forward to working closely together during the coming year,” he said.
Anyone attending Portsmouth Pride will be welcome to keep the party vibe going by joining us on our opening weekend in the Queens Hotel garden.
Commenting on the partnership with the Queens Hotel, chairperson Tally Aslam, said:”We are so looking forward to building a close working relationship with the Queens Hotel – and it is great that they will be joining the parade and supporting our Portsmouth Pride Main Day Event.
“We are a charity and rely on support from businesses and organisations like the Queens to be able to carry on the good work we do – and as a result of this partnership, we also secured a partnership with Hovertravel who work closely with the hotel too.”
Portsmouth Pride is set to make a triumphant return in 2022 after two years of not being able to run its iconic event for the LGBTQ+ community in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Pride is a completely free and open event for the whole community, including allies to the LGBTQ+ community and brings together people from across Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Hayling Island and further afield to enjoy a full day of celebrations on Saturday 11 June spread across Southsea Common.
The emotive and inspirational day starts with their highlight parade which includes representatives from local community groups, youth groups, trade unions, activist groups, religious organisations, local businesses, and many more as well as being open to individual community members to join on the day.
The parade takes in Southsea Seafront before entering the main pride area where visitors get to experience entertainment all the way through into the evening and spread across two different stages including their 2022 Headliner; RuPaul’s Drag Race UK vs The World Winner, Blu Hydrangea.
1st June 2022