Join us at Essex Pride!

A graphic with the words, 'Essex Pride 2024', with the BuildEast logo, rainbow colours around the edges and pink corners

Eastlight is delighted to be marching side-by-side with residents as the lead sponsor of this year’s Essex Pride, due to take place in Chelmsford on Saturday, 22 June.

Marking Essex Pride’s 20th anniversary, the event will celebrate LGBT+ equality across the county and positively protest for the rights of all residents and communities to be their authentic selves.

Eastlight joins Chelmsford-based housing association CHP in its sponsorship, under the umbrella of BuildEast – a group of 15 housing associations across the East of England, working together to provide homes that are fit for the future.

Eastlight and CHP will lead the march via an accessible route from Springfield Road and throughout Chelmsford City Centre, before we conclude in Central Park at the LGBT+ Festival.

At which, we will be:

  • Hosting an interactive stall, with games and activities for everyone to get involved in;
  • Providing residents access to a range of housing support, answering any burning questions; and
  • Sharing how you can shape the future of Eastlight’s homes, and homes across East of England.

Eastlight’s Chief Executive Emma Palmer, and the new Chair of BuildEast, said:

“We are thrilled to be supporting Essex Pride through a gold-level sponsorship this year. Thanks to Eastlight’s joint efforts with CHP, BuildEast hopes to empower and support LGBT+ communities across the East, by delivering inclusive homes and services in which our residents increasingly feel safe, secure and free to be themselves.”

CHP Chief Executive, Paul Edwards, said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Essex Pride this year, alongside Eastlight and representing BuildEast. We recognise the challenges members of our LGBT+ communities face and are committed to tackling inequality and challenging discrimination across Essex. We look forward to talking to customers and the wider community, learning from their experiences and celebrating this special event.”

Essex Pride Chair, Garry Ormes, added: “All the team at Essex Pride are very proud to be partnering with BuildEast for the 20th anniversary LGBTQ+ Pride celebrations. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone from the whole community, alongside the BuildEast team, to celebrate diversity, reflect on how far we have come, and invite everyone to join together as one, regardless of who you love. The Essex Pride City Centre March will return, alongside the Pride festival in Central Park, Chelmsford, which promises to be the most diverse pride celebrations yet.”

Join us and get involved! 

We are eager to meet with residents who might be interested in joining our new LGBT+ Residents Group, helping to champion LGBTQ+ voices and to ensure our homes and services are as safe and inclusive as possible.

Come along to the Essex Pride Festival on Saturday, 22 June, to speak with us and find out more.

Alternatively, for more information about Essex Pride or our LGBT+ Residents Group, please get in touch.

Contact us:

0330 128 0330