The first time the idea of a pride festival was mentioned in Derry/Londonderry, the organisers were told it was a terrible idea. “Don’t do it” they were warned, “you will be the laughingstock.” But it didn’t stop them. They went ahead and created what, in time, would become one of the biggest parades in Europe.

Last year should have marked the tenth anniversary of the Foyle Pride Parade but instead there was a pandemic. Celebrations were cancelled and all events took place online. It only seems natural to say that with the parade resuming this year, the excitement is palpable.

To acclaim and support the return of this iconic event promoting inclusion, diversity, equality and love, Headliners Foyle Bureau decided to talk to members of the LGBTQIA+ community in Derry. They asked them about inclusion in the city, how mentalities changed over time, and the fatidic question:

What is it like to be queer in Derry today?

A film produced by the young people of Headliners Foyle: Josh, Canice, Milo and Aodhán. Thank you to The National Lottery Community Fund for their ongoing support in making these ambitious projects come to completion.