Since 2016, Liverpool Pride has encouraged public buildings on Merseyside to light up in the colours of the rainbow flag to show Liverpool as an LGBT+ friendly city for residents and visitors, whilst raising awareness and 'normalising' all LGBT+ identities within society.
This year marks the tenth anniversary since the tragic death of gay Merseyside teenager Michael Causer following a violent homophobic attack, which was the catalyst for the first Liverpool Pride in 2010.
It is a stark reality that today hate crime is on the rise in many communities. At Pride in London this month a small number at people hijacked the Parade bringing it to a halt and preaching transphobic rhetoric, which was distressing for many trans* people and allies.
This year, Liverpool Pride is asking public buildings to light up with the colours of the trans* flag to show that transphobia has no place in LGBT+ Pride events and in our city.
For the first time, St Bride's is taking part in the Come Out of the Shadows campaign and will be joining more than other buildings across the city, including Liverpool Parish Church and St Luke's Bold Place, better known as The Bombed Out Church, from which our parish St Luke In The City takes its name.
The Come Out Of The Shadows campaign starts TONIGHT Thursday 19th July and runs until Thursday 2nd August, the anniversary of Michael Causer's death. Follow #COTS18 on social media and look out for photos of St Bride's and all the other buildings.