Why the North East is the place to be LGBT
The North East is a heaving cultural hub with so much to see and do for everyone, particularly when it comes to the LGBT community. Newcastle is known for both its thriving nightlife and its friendly Geordie spirit. Here are just a few reasons why the North East is the perfect place for members of the LGBT community to feel at home.
Newcastle Pride - 15th- 17th July
Newcastle Pride promotes the idea of a safe space where individuals can feel at home and ultimately celebrate who they are. Newcastle Pride is a prized event on social calendars due to its positive message of acceptance, not to mention its jam-packed schedule of fun and entertainment. Undoubtedly the highlight of the event is the traditional parade on the 16th July. Last year there were an estimated 10,000 people marching through Newcastle city centre and this year’s celebration is expected to be even bigger. The parade will start at 12pm and attendees are expected to meet at Newcastle Civic Centre from 11.30am if they want to partake.
Amazing nightlife and entertainment
A night out in Newcastle never disappoints and Newcastle’s Gay Village - often referred to as ‘the Pink Triangle’ - comes alive at night with great music and friendly faces. The cluster of gay bars situated near Time Square is also home to Digital night club, which was ranked 11th Best Club in the World by one DJ MAG poll.
The Pink Triangle offers a rich and vibrant night out to be enjoyed by both members and non members of the LGBT community. The exciting yet relaxed atmosphere is now considered to be on of the best nights out in the city, with revelers able to choose from a cheeky cocktail in Bank, Rusty’s or Switch, before heading on to Newcastle’s best-known gay nightclub, Powerhouse. First opened back in the 1980s Powerhouse was Newcastle’s first exclusive gay bar, but today it welcomes everybody through its doors to enjoy the excellent music and unique atmosphere.
The North East of England is home to Northern Pride – the organisation responsible for running the Newcastle Pride weekend, among other LGBT events throughout the North East. Their overall mission is to eradicate homophobia and promote equality in order to create a united, happy community. The North East is lucky enough to share a feeling of community spirit but it is encouraging to know they promote equality for the LGBT communities across the region. They do this by staging LGBT events throughout the year to unite members of the LGBT community, their family and friends, as well as the rest of the general public.
Sports and Leisure activities
The North is the proud home to a vast array of sports activities for the LGBT community - whether it's a high energy game of rugby or a relaxed stroll through the beautiful northern countryside, there is an activity to suit every one.
There are several dedicated sports teams such as the Newcastle Panthers and Newcastle Ravens - Newcastle’s very own all gay football and rugby teams. For those who prefer to exercise in the great outdoors beyond the city there are plenty of clubs focused on meeting new people whilst exercising too, such as the Gay Outdoor Club. This community frequently arranges 6-9 mile hikes across Northumberland and County Durham.
A survey carried out by the hotel chain, Travelodge surveyed 1000 participant and found Newcastle to be considered the UK’s friendliest city. Geordies are known as a welcoming and friendly bunch and now its official.
Axwell Park is perfectly located for members of the LGBT community who want to have easy access to their favourite entertainment, festivals and night spots but can return home to townhouse or apartment that is oozing with style.
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